This wasn’t supposed to come out this week… but the feels!
I am going to preface this with a fact about myself. I am a Beauty and the beast fanatic. As about small child I burnt out three vhs tapes of the movie, according to my mother and grandmother. It was the only movie I would be able to sit and watch quietly and through to completion. Over the years I have amassed a collection of memorabilia suited for a broke millennial. I own an original Beauty and the Beast Vhs, a music cassette of the original soundtrack, a preview copy of Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Christmas, an anniversary edition of the original with deleted scenes, a Taiwanese cover edition of Enchanted Christmas, and the straight to DVD episodes of Belle’s Enchanted World. Besides watchable context I also own a Barbie special edition Belle from the Enchanted Christmas, an animators Disney Store edition child Belle, Mrs. Potts collectable Tea Set, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, and Chip Christmas ornaments, and Disney Store edition dolls of Beast/Prince Adam and Belle. Gifted to me I also own a Belle figurine music box and a Belle frame. Needless to say if I could own more, I would.
Picking up Liz Braswell’s As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale was a dream come true! From start to finish it was amazing! It jumped from Belle’s present to the past with her mother and father. The characters were described wonderfully, if a little differently than I remember. For someone expecting all original content and resembling nothing of the Disney tale, you will be sorely disappointed. Even though the books follows the movie closely,it does branch out on its own and mutates the tale. I loved that it goes into the background of the Enchantress, the Book Seller, and the owner of the insane asylum. I especially loved Rosalind and Belle. Seeing the similarities and differences between mother and daughter during the time jumps. It made you love and wonder what happens to her.
My favorite part of the book, which is not spoiler filled, is the scene in the library when Belle is reading the tales of Jack and the Beanstalk to Beast and a gaggle of teacups. I love that when they wake up Belle feels extremely at home and safe. I also loved the banter and the way Beast and Belle conversed with one another.
I also loved that Belle and Beast were trying so hard to break the curse using any means necessary! I am trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible because it is well worth the 484 page read! I do have one gripe and that was that it pulled some sections too directly from the original film, but it didn’t pull me out of the story too much so it’s forgivable. Another gripe is that I want more because I was left hanging and it made me extremely sad.
I plan to read it again after I watch both movies!