It’s raining here in upstate New York, and when it’s raining, I get all thoughtful and feely. Well, to be honest, usually I curl up in bed and binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy, but I’ve been taking vitamin D lately and it’s really been a boost to the mood! ūüėÄ Today I managed to finish an¬†editing pass of The Crimson Cloak (just a couple more to go!), do yoga, and come up with a topic for this blog. I’d call that a win.

Vitamin D, the magical pill.

Anyway.

Can we stop and take a look at the new stills released from the live action Beauty and the Beast movie?

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You can see more from the movie on the Entertainment Weekly¬†website. I’ll give you a minute to look.

So, how do you feel about it?

Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie. I still bring it out every once and awhile to watch, most of the time in French to practice my listening comprehension since I know the movie so well. I’ve read multiple versions of the original tales as well as the book that made retellings a thing,¬†Beauty by Robin McKinley (that one is a MUST if you haven’t read it).

So, yeah, I love the story. I’m not sure what that says about me, but we’ll leave the psycho-analysis for another day. I know I’m not alone.

But how do I feel about this particular iteration of the story?

Well. While Emma Watson is brilliant and gorgeous and the beast is intriguing and the atmosphere is sufficiently enchanting, I feel…hesitant. From the stills it looks like we’ll be getting something that closely aligns with the Disney version of the tale.

The show biz industry seems to be cashing in on the nostalgia factor lately, rebooting all kinds of old shows and movies. There’s a little something for everyone–X-Files, Full House, Gilmore Girls, Ghostbusters, the 1258975394th Spider Man movie. Sometimes these sequels and reboots a¬†really great, and sometimes they flop, stuck in the past (I’m looking at you X-files).¬†On the marketing end, it makes sense. If a movie or show does well, its sequel or remake should as well.

I get it. I’m a businesswoman as well. Hell, I even write¬†retellings, which is what we’re talking about here, really. However, my favorite retellings, and the ones that I write, bring a fresh eye to the telling of the old story. I don’t see that here in these stills.

Maybe I need  some more Vitamin D. They probably just released these iconic images as touchstones.

And¬†that yellow dress is just¬†gorgeous. *Imagines self spinning in a magical hall….*

Okay. I’m in.

But remind me in March to head to the theater as the admirer-of-beauty (ha!) rather than the admirer-of-great-storytelling. That’ll leave room for a pleasant surprise.

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