Fantasy is that genre of writing that involves lots and lots of magic. That is the reason that kids are usually getting attracted to fantasy. Most of the adults do like to read and watch the fantasy but it is mainly the interest of children. The stories they grew up listening, reading and watching. The kids are mesmerised by fairytales. Fantasy is related to the old myths. In many cultures, myths are actually considered true but still they are myths. The main speciality of fantasy is the magic. The magic that is everywhere and makes the fantasy experience of watching a fantasy worthwhile. Fantasy has been separated from the fiction and sci-fi because of many reasons. Fantasy is different from science fiction because fantasy is written in a world that will never come into being whereas there are chances that the concept of science fiction might come true one day.
What is Fantasy?
The fantasy is being included in many education courses at university level. George MacDonald is considered the father of fantasy literature. The subgenres of fantasy being:
- God and demon fiction
- Superhero fiction
- Magic realism
- Dark fantasy
Speaking of fantasy, there are many fantasies written and filmed such as Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, The Enchanted Type-Writer, Pursuit of the Houseboat, Shrek, AND Beauty and the Beast are some of the best fantasy works.
In the story, the beauty is the daughter of a merchant is the youngest among the other siblings. She is the most kind-hearted and kind. Her siblings are not. When belle’s father is on a journey, he loses track of the road and ends up in a place where he plucks a red flower for Belle, his youngest daughter. But the beast confronts him and asks that one of his daughters return to the palace. Belle as being asked comes to the palace. The beast befriends her and falls in love with her. She goes back to her home one day, only to find the magic mirror that the beast is dying from loneliness, she gets back at the palace and the beast turns into a charming prince because of true love and they both get married.
Beauty and the Beast were originally written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, who is a French writer and the story with the name of La Belle-ET la Bete in 1740. It was rewritten and shortened by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756. Many people have suggested that maybe the story is inspired by a real-life story of Petrus Gonsalvus who was brought to the court of King Henry II of France. He had a disease that caused excessive hair growth on his body. But later, he was married to a lady named Catherine.
The story has many moral messages and lessons from which one can learn lessons that will help him/her in the future. For example, people will judge you no matter what you do or not do. So their opinions do not matter. Live your life without fear of being judged. You might even get the opinions to you but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Just believe in yourself and ignore what others have to say about you. In the story, Belle’s sisters tease her and taunt her but Belle does not let that matter to her because that is the proper way. In the Walt Disney movie, the antagonist Gaston tells us about the typical mindset of the society where it is Belle is considered mad and crazy for reading so much. Her ideas are mocked at because the city’s most eligible bachelorette wants to marry her but she refuses. The society does not want to accept her uniqueness. Gaston’s character depicts that the society praises and worships the bullies and takes its wrath out on the innocent one. Some critics say that Belle only married the beast because of his riches but they do not seem to notice the fact that she sees him for what he is, wealth and riches aside. And as per the movie and the story, it is clear that only true love can break the curse, so it was not about the money. If it were, Belle would have married Gaston.
The tale has been recreated and changed over the course of years for screenplays, novels, television and films. It is readapted in thefollowing literature:
- The Pig King by Giovanni Francesco
- The Scarlet Flower by Sergey Aksakov
- Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
- Beastly by Alex Flinn
- Beauty and the Beast….the story retold by Laura E. Richards
- East by Edith Pattou
- Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
The story has also been adapted in films such asLa Belle et la Bete directed by Jean Cocteau, The Scarlet Flower by Lev Atamanov, a 1962 film that was directed by Edward L. Cahn, Eugene Marner also directed a Beauty and the Beast, animated Beauty and the Beast by Walt Disney Productions, Diane Eskenazi produced a version for children, 2008 film Spike, Alex Flinn’s novel based beastly, a French-German version and the upcoming version that is set to release in 2017, the modern beauty and the beast directed by Bill Condon and produced by David Hoberman.
The 2017 movie starring that has a tremendous cast. Lead roles are being played by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. The film has created much hype before its release. It has an IMDb rating of 8/10. The story is the same yet different. There is a lot of magic involved. The story is enough to get the movie an Oscar but the star cast makes the dream more possible. The role of Gaston is being played by the famous Luke Evans. The main plot is same the beauty is imprisoned by the beast instead of her father. But Gaston is there to get Belle back.
Emma Watson is playing the role of beautiful yet freedom loving Belle aka the Beauty. Watson does not want any introduction when it comes to acting. There are many awards who tell us about her talent. She is mainly known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter Series. But her abilities are not only limited to these movies only. She has also played numerous roles in movies like The Perks of being a Wallflower, My Week with Marilyn, Noah, and This Is the End. She also voiced for Princess Pea.
Dan Stevens is an English actor. He has played roles in The Guest and A Walk Among the tombstones. He has narrated many audiobooks up to 30 or so.
Luke Evans is playing the role of Gaston in the movies. Evans does not need any introduction because of his roles in the Hobbit series, the Three Musketeers, Fast and Furious 6 and Dracula untold. He has been nominated three times for different awards but hasn’t won any awards yet.
The director Bill Condon is best known for the movie God and Monsters that won him an Academy Award. He also directed two parts of Twilight Saga. The film was produced in London.
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