Thursday, March 10, 2011

Beastly by Alex Flinn

BeastlyRelease Date: October 1, 2007
Publisher: HaperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon

I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
I'm going to watch the movie this weekend, so I decided to reread Beastly in order to refresh my memory.
The movie was amazing in it's own way. I don't think it could compare to the book because there were a lot of things that were changed but, what more can we expect from a movie based on a book. The movie made me "awww" in the appropriate places and I even laughed at parts that weren't funny in the book, but were definitley funny in the movie. Overall, I thought the movie was very cute.

I absolutely love fairy tales. Growing up, they were all I watched. My absolute favorite is Beauty and the Beast, so as soon as I saw this book I knew I had to read it.

Beastly, is a modern take on, you've guessed it, Beauty and the Beast. Instead of the prince and his castle, there is
Kyle Kingsbury and his brownstone in Brooklyn. He is very good looking and of course, a jerk. But being a jerk gets him into trouble with a witch and gets him turn int a beast!

This book is one of the few books I have read that is told from a male's perspective. And I think it was the best way to write this novel. It showed us how someone as self centered as Kyle could fall in love and be loved in return.

And just like any other fairy tale, this story has a moral. Beauty lies within. You are only as ugly as your personality.

Here's the trailer to the movie! I'm so excited, I can't wait to watch it!:
"Love is never ugly"

If you read, the book or watched the movie already, or both, tell me what your thoughts. :)


aLmYbNeNr said...

I read the book last Friday and Saturday in anticipation of seeing the movie on Sunday. The book was FANTASTIC! The movie was just good. I think they could have made him look like a beast, why not? And why not find someone average with red hair for the movie? Mary Kate Olson did well as Kendra except for being thin the whole time, when in the book Kendra was overweight at first. The movie stuck to the book in some ways and in other ways not, which can be expected, but I thought more could have been done with the movie. The book definitely wins out with this one.

Jasmin said...

I saw the movie too! I thought it was pretty good.

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