My friend Hope’s book, A Burning Rose, releases today! You can find my original post on that here. Today, Hope is here to give some fun facts about Rose of the Oath, her retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
You can find her official launch post here.
A horribly disfigured man traps a girl in his castle by threatening her father, then tries to woo her and ends up falling in love himself. It is only after he lets her return to her sick father that she realizes she loves him and returns to save him from dying of sorrow.
I always liked Beauty and the Beast, mainly because the romantic pair knew each other for longer than a dance before falling in love. But there were always some parts of the story that bothered me. Why did the beast care for his roses so much and why did Beauty’s father ever let her go back and face the beast on her own? I explore these aspects in my own retelling, Rose of the Oath.
Beauty and the Beast fun facts:
Arguably one of the most popular fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast has been retold in film 13 times.
Walt Disney attempted to develop Beauty and the Beast into an animated film both in the 1930s and 1950s, but ultimately gave up because the writers found the story too difficult to adapt.
Beauty originally had three older brothers and two older sisters.
Beauty’s father was a merchant who lost his fortune, not an inventor.
There is no enchanted servants or Gaston in the original story.
Every night, in the original story, the beast asked Beauty to marry him and she refused.
The beast gave Beauty a week to return to him, in the original story but there was no time limit to the curse. Rather she returned late to find him starving himself because of his love and sorrow.
Beauty and the Beast was one fairy tale I was thrilled to retell, both because it matched up with the theme of love so well and because I could finally ‘fix’ the aspects I didn’t care for. Rose of the Oath is the first novella in my new paperback book, Burning Rose.
Thanks for stopping by, Hope!
Hope Ann is a Christian wordsmith, avid reader, and dedicated author. Her time is taken up with writing, reading, playing with inspirational photos, blogging, helping care for the house and eight younger siblings, and generally enjoying the adventures of life on a small farm at the crossroads of America. She is the author of Legends of Light is currently working on several projects including a fantasy novel and futuristic trilogy. You can find out more about her at https://authorhopeann.com/