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Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast

If you’re interested in fairy tales, you’ll likely want to read Tale as Old as Time, a non-fiction exploration of the creative process that transformed the familiar story of Beauty and the Beast to the Disney film that many of … Continue reading

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Upcoming Fairy Tale Films

Over the last few years, a record number of filmmakers have turned toward fairy tales for inspiration, and in 2012 alone, an intriguing assortment of fairy tale films will release, not to mention the continued airing of fairy tale television … Continue reading

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Are Fairy Stories Only for the Young?

Sometimes I encounter the perception that fairy tales and fantasy belong to children and teens, and those of a more mature outlook want “realistic” fare. These adults say they want books that delve into real life issues, a perspective that … Continue reading

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Beauty for the Beast

I have a strong affinity for the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in its many forms, as I’ve chronicled elsewhere. So I was pleased to read this quote by Chesterton highlighting a significant component of this timeless tale: It … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales and Interdiction: A Reflection of the Fall and Redemption

Often fairy tales, myths, and legends carry dim echoes of important truths…truths that are universal across time and culture. One such element, common in fairy tales, is interdiction (the forbiddance or prohibition of a specific act, whether explicit or implicit, … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast:
Personal Perspectives (Part Four of Four)

Well, I had to move the final post in the Beauty and the Beast series to today, rather than Monday, due to traveling home from the ACFW conference (more about that in Friday’s post), but I hope you’ll still enjoy … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast:
Modern Renditions (Part Three of Four)

Almost as numerous as the traditional versions of Beauty and the Beast are modern renditions in novel, short story/novella, picture book, film, and play format. They each carry their own themes and emphases, some sticking rather close to the roots … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast:
Themes (Part Two of Four)

The many versions of Beauty and the Beast provide ample fodder for interpretation. Scholarly analyses of the tale abound and with them come many lenses through which the story is examined (feminist, Jungian, and so forth). I don’t intend to … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast:
Origins and Variants (Part One of Four)

I’ve always had a fondness for fairy tales. They have richness beyond what is apparent if one only looks at the Disney or popular culture versions…and often portray spiritual truth, amid all their quirks and oddities. So for the next … Continue reading

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