Disney's Creations Inspired Others
My time at Walt Disney World is sadly coming to an end. But that doesn't mean that I can't continue to live in the fairy-tale world: all I need is a book!
Last week I wrote about the original tales that inspired Disney's creations. So this week, while I'm on my way back from Disney, I'm writing about new creations that Disney's versions have inspired.
Now the only questions is, which fairy-tale do I want to be in today?... 🤔
From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
As Old As Time
By Liz Brazwell
What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?
Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father's reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle's mother returns - a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.
But when Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind - images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making. (Disney Press)
The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince
By Serena Valentino
The tale is as old as time: a cruel prince is transformed into a beast. A lovely maiden comes into this monster's life. He is transformed by her compassion, and the love her feels for her in return. The two live happily ever after.
But any tale, especially one as storied as Beauty and the Beast's, has been told many different times, and in many different ways. No matter which version one hears, the nagging question remains: what was it that transformed the prince into the beast we are introduced to?
This is one version, pulled from many passed down through the ages. It's a story of vanity and arrogance, of love and hatred, of beastliness, and, of course, of beauty. (Disney Press)
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book
By Jennifer Donnelly
Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast's castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, and enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.
The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast's castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore's world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book before she loses herself in it forever. (Disney Press)
Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen
By Selena Valentino
The tale of the young princess Snow White and her evil stepmother the Wicked Queen is widely known. Despite a few variations from telling to telling, the story remains the same - the Queen was jealous of the girl's beauty, and this jealousy culminated in the Queen's attempt on the sweet, naive girl's life.
Another tale far less often spoken of is the one that explains what caused the Queen to become so contemptuously vile. Still, some have attempted to guess at the reason. Perhaps the Queen's true nature was that of a wicked hag and her beautiful, regal appearance a disguise used to fool the King. Others claim that the Queen might have hated the girl for her resemblance to the King's first wife. Mostly, the Queen is painted as a normally abhorrent woman who never loved another being during the course of her miserable life.
In fact, the theories about exactly what caused the Queen's obsessive vanity and jealous rage are too numerous to catalog. This book recounts a version of the story that has remained untold until now. It is a tragic tale of love and loss, and it contains a bit of magic. It is a tale of the Wicked Queen... (Disney Press)
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy
By Selena Valentino
The tale is told as if it's happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden learns she is a princess - one who has been cursed by a dark fairy to fall into an eternal sleep. Though her three good fairies try to protect her, the princess succumbs to the curse. But the power of good endures as her prince defeats the fire-breathing dragon and awakens her with True Love's Kiss.
Yet this is only half the story. What of the Dark Fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled from those passes down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the mistress of all evil. (Disney Press)
Once Upon a Dream
By Liz Brazwell
What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.
It should be simple—a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess', it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
With a desperate fairy's last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up? (Disney Press)
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch
By Serena Valentino
The tale of the sea king's daughter Ariel is a beloved one of losing - and then finding -one's own voice. The story has been told many time and in many ways. But always the mergirl wants more than her world can offer, and her father demands that she live within the confines of his domain. Her rebelliousness costs the little mermaid her voice and nearly her soul. But the power of good prevails, and Ariel emerges proud and changed.
Any yet this is only half the story. So what of Ariel's nemesis, Ursula, the sea witch? What led to her becoming to twisted, scorned, and filled with hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account of what might have shaped the sea witch into a detestable and poor unfortunate soul. (Disney Press)
A Whole New World
By Liz Brazwell
Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?
When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again. (Disney Press)
The Wishing Spell
(Land of Stories Series #1)
By Chris Colfer
Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought. (Little, Brown and Company)
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