Monday, June 11, 2018
One more month until Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge is unleashed on the world!
In the meantime, let's celebrate with one more — well, actually two more — Beasts of the Month.
These two vintage images may help to illustrate why my book is different from more traditional versions of Beauty and the Beast.
Take a look at these two views of the transformation scene.
This is what I call the moment that all thinking women dread — noble, soulful Beast transformed back into a (yawn) handsome Prince!
The first is an Art Nouveau postcard from 1906, illustrated by Sophia May Bowley.
I do like the little beast-heads decorating his tunic and sleeve.
Over here, we have an illustration by Peter Newell from the book Favorite Fairy Tales, published in 1907.
Now, this is more like my reaction would be if I suddenly saw that the extraordinary Beast I'd fallen in love with had turned into an ordinary prince!
Wait, what? Where's my Beast?
Beast did all the work of wooing Beauty. Why should the Prince get the girl?
Beast (and his Lucie) get a much more satisfying ending in my book!
(Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge lopes onto bookshelves and devices everywhere on July 10!)