Wonderful retellings: Beast, A Tale of Love and Revenge

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Welcome to France.

Château Beaumont is a rich, vast estate , run by a beautiful, stunning Chevalier. Jean-Loup is young, intelligent, and stunningly handsome. When Lucie comes to work on his estate, she is stunned by his appearance. But there is also a very dark side on him.  All house staff have warned Lucie to stay away from Jean-Loup.  But the young servant is unlucky enough to experience the young monarch’s cruelty in full force.

When a wise old woman punishes the Chevalier for his crimes, transforming him into a hideous beast, Lucie will wish to stay at the Chateau and watch him be punished. The woman transforms her into an ever-burning candle, and the two of them become the sole inhabitants of the ruined castle. As time goes by, Lucie realizes that the Beast is nothing like Jean-Loup. But could there be a danger of that horrible man ever coming back?

An adult fairy tale in its full, dark and yet magical force

Beast is a wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is an alternate plot that is very similar, and very different to the original story all at the same time. We have read and watched a lot about Belle, and we have seen the Prince come back to life at the end of the classic fairytale.

But what about the Beast?

What was his role in all of this? If the Beast was a mere curse, why was he such a kind and generous creature? Lisa Jensen gives this beloved character the opportunity to have his own background, and the reader is wonderfully surprised by a different story: one with more depth, feelings and values than the original fairytale could ever have given us.

“The heart revels in its mysteries. Defy them at your peril. Embrace them if you dare. That is where magic begins”

This intelligent, heartbreaking version portrays all the feelings of both a dark and a lovely story: betrayal, loneliness, sorrow, true love, compassion and remorse. Filled with carefully constructed, in-depth characters, The Beast is an interesting story that melts your heart in the end. After all, isn’t this what fairy tales are meant to do?