In Disney’s live-action film Beauty and the Beast, Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince inside. This manga explores Belle’s innermost thoughts as she learns that true beauty comes from within.
A tale as old as time … told in timeless manga style
Disney’s much-anticipated live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” hits theaters in March 2017, and it stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. This original two-part manga series is based upon the upcoming movie… but you’ve never seen this classic love story told quite this way before.
The “Beauty” manga delves into Belle’s deepest thoughts as she’s taken prisoner by the Beast in his majestic castle. Where the “Beast” manga explores Beast’s deepest thoughts as he captures Belle in his castle and finds himself falling in love with her feisty attitude and adventurous spirit.
*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Disney Beauty and the Beast is a manga adaptation of the 2017 Beauty and the Beast remake. The series is divided into two volumes, Belle’s Tale and The Beast’s Tale.
The best part of the series is the art. The art is amazing and it is refreshing to see the renowned characters drawn in Japanese style. My favorite page is when Belle is shown to her room in the castle and the “Be Our Guest” scene. They are marvellous! However, besides the awesome drawings, the adaptation doesn’t stand out, and here’s why.
First, the scenes jump too fast that it’s hard to understand if readers haven’t watched the movie. Since each book can only show one POV, a lot of things don’t get explained, like how Maurice gets locked up by the villagers and LeFou doesn’t even appear until the confrontation of Belle and Gatson, so if you haven’t watched the movie, you’d be lost. Also, as the story is shorten, the scenes where Belle and Beast get to know each other are cut heavily that the plot feels weak and unconvincing. The fight scene ended abruptly too.
Second, the lack of originality. I know it’s an adaptation, but most of the dialogues are copied exactly from the movie or lyrics that the manga becomes boring. Also, there’s repeated use of the art, mostly those of the interactions between Belle and Beast, in the second volume. However, I do like the inner thoughts of our protagonists, especially Beast’s. In the movie, we don’t get to know what Beast thinks of the strange situation, but now we do. Therefore, I actually like The Beast’s Tale better than Belle’s.
I enjoyed looking at the art, but not reading the story. Disney Beauty and the Beast proves that seeing in only one POV at a time doesn’t work for the popular fairytale. Still, I would recommend the series to die-hard fans of Beauty and the Beast and readers who enjoy manga. If you’ve never read a manga and would love to try one, this is a very easy read.