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Beauty (Q&A)

August 22, 2008

Melanie asks: in Beauty, did you think McKinley succeeded in reworking a familiar fairy tale? Was Beauty’s love for the Beast believable? And, do you plan on reading McKinley’s second retelling of this same story, Rose Daughter?
I totally think she succeeded! I loved watching Beauty’s feelings for the Beast change over time, and I found it to be very organic. I’m undecided about whether to read McKinley’s other retelling: I’m afraid it might take away some of the magic from this one-I loved Beauty so much in this story.

Kim L says: I saw you gave Beauty 5 stars, I’d love to hear more about what you thought of it. I happen to count it among my all-time favorite books, myself.
I looooved it! I thought it took the fairy tale themes and explored them while also humanising the characters. Beauty and the Beast both felt very true. I’d recommend it to anyone!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2008 1:42 pm

    Eva, I’d leave off reading Rose Daughter for that very reason. I loved Beauty so much that RD was just not equal to it for me.

  2. August 22, 2008 2:33 pm

    One of my favorite fairy tales, and I’ve nothing but good about Beauty. Must get around to reading it!

  3. August 22, 2008 6:57 pm

    Glad you liked it so much and to tell you the truth I gave up on Rose Daughter. It was too different, and I liked Beauty so much better.

  4. January 1, 2009 4:21 pm

    I loved this book and will be giving it 5 stars as well


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