Review: Beast

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli

“Beauty and the Beast” is one of the most retold fairy tales, I feel—the original text can be problematic, so it’s absolutely ripe for feminist retellings like Robin McKinley’s seminal Beauty, which started the trend and jumpstarted the idea that Belle is a bookworm. And yet, Donna Jo Napoli’s Beast is the first novel I’ve come across that tells the story from the Beast’s perspective. This recommendation is an oldie, coming from that time I read Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust and More Book Lust in a week in high school to start my now massive reading list, and I think it speaks volumes that I got around to it three years later.

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