Firstly, I want to say that I am well aware of how long it has been since my last post. I will skip the usual excuses, as you can probably guess what they are, and tell you that I no longer have three of my wisdom teeth.
After some time away from work, I went back on Tuesday to realize I forgot my pencil sharpener and my book. Working at a call center, one needs these types of things to keep oneself occupied between and during speaking with customers. I enjoy coloring pictures, the new old fad, and reading books. Just when I thought it was going to be the worst day ever, my cube-mate Andrea offered to let me borrow a copy of The Beast Within by Serena Valentino.
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Valentino writes novels in the point of view of Disney villains. And this is the one, of course, is in the point of view of the beast in Beauty and the Beast.
Before cracking open this book, my favorite Disney story was split between The Little Mermaid and Lilo and Stitch. That was only if I thought about it long and hard about it, as I haven’t enjoyed Disney stories since Middle School.
However, now that I have seen it in this point of view, I am absolutely in love with it. Perhaps it’s because of the new insight or maybe simply because I am reading it as an adult. But I am clinging on to every word of this story.
Compared to all of the other Disney tales, which all seem to promote going against your parents to fall in love with someone based on looks or social status, Beauty and the Beast tears down those barriers Disney surrounded itself with. This story begs you to look into the mirror and accept yourself. It tells you to also shatter that mirror and peer inside. It teaches you to shy away from the allure of “good looks” and “social status” and instead see the person for who they really are.
I will definitely not spoil this story for anyone who is interested in reading it. Also, I remind you, I have only started it on Tuesday so I haven’t even finished it yet. But so far, I am extremely impressed by how much emphasis is placed on the beast’s vanity. After all, it was why the prince was cursed in the first place. He placed too much of his focus on beauty and social status. Little did he know, he was messing with a powerful witch.
I won’t connect the dots for you about how this should tie in to our lives. I’m sure you can do that yourself. I call myself a feminist, although I am still learning. These are the types of things I am passionate about. And I hope one day, this moral will teach everyone (at least our country) the error we have made putting too much of our time and resources into marketing beauty and consumerism.
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