A movie and novel comparison Megan Bright 9 Nov 2011 BEASTLY
THE PLOT - <ul><li>Similar to the famous tale of Beauty and the Beast, Beastly explores the transformation that love can have on a person. </li></ul><ul><li>Kyle Kingsley is a selfish, self-absorbed 16 year old boy who attends a private school in New York City. The son of a famous TV news anchor, Kyle has been taught from a young age that looks matter – and they’re the only thing. </li></ul><ul><li>When Kyle’s ego gets a little too big for his own good, a witch named Kendra casts a spell on Kyle that turns him into a beast – so that his outside appearance matches his insides. </li></ul><ul><li>The only way for Kyle to break the spell is to fall in love with someone and receive a kiss before the time runs out. If he cannot do that, he will remain a beast forever. </li></ul>
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BOOK VS. MOVIE In the book… In the movie… <ul><li>Kyle has two years to break the spell </li></ul><ul><li>Kyle is transformed into a hairy, monstrous beast (similar to the Disney version) </li></ul><ul><li>Kyle’s character undergoes major emotional changes throughout the story and we see his character grow and develop. </li></ul><ul><li>We can see how characters interact and change. </li></ul><ul><li>Kyle has one year to break the spell </li></ul><ul><li>Kyle is transformed into a hairless beast of scars and tattoos. </li></ul><ul><li>Kyle’s character seems fairly selfish until the end. Many parts of the book where we see Kyle’s growth are left out. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of focusing on emotion and growth, the movie seems to focus on beauty and sensationalism. </li></ul>
REVIEWS OF THE BOOK… <ul><li>“ Alex Flinn’s beastly tale is lively, realistic, and enchanting.” - Children’s Literature </li></ul><ul><li>“ Teens will LOL. They will also find their preoccupations with looks, status and pride explored thoroughly.” – Kirkus Reviews </li></ul>
REVIEWS OF THE MOVIE… <ul><li>When compared to the novel, the dialogue of the movie has a “bald, first-draft quality.” - Sight and Sound </li></ul><ul><li>“ A kiss may cure the monster, but not even campy perfs from Mary-Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris can save this ugly snarl of cliches.” - Variety </li></ul>
PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS… <ul><li>Because Beastly follows the story of Beauty and the Beast so closely, the story is predictable. However, readers who enjoy a love story (even if it is slightly cheesy) will be able to appreciate this modern version. </li></ul><ul><li>Middle school girls will like this story about a popular boy finally realizing that it isn’t all about looks. </li></ul><ul><li>As with many adaptations, the movie just isn’t as good. Through the entire movie, I found myself questioning why the producers changed so many things and distorted so many characters. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall, the book is where to look for substance; the movie is where to look for superficiality. </li></ul>
CITATIONS <ul><li>Beastly . Dir. Daniel Barnz. Sony Pictures, 2001. Blu-ray. </li></ul><ul><li>DeBruge, Peter. Variety . May 2011. Lexis Nexis. 8 Nov. 2011. Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Flinn, Alex. Beastly . New York: Harper Teen, 2007. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Henshon, Suzanna. Children’s Literature . Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database . 8 Nov 2011. Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Kirkus Reviews . 1 Sep 2007 . Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database . 8 Nov 2011. Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Pinkerton, Nick. Sight and Sound : May 2011. ProQuest . 8 Nov 2011. Web. </li></ul>
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