Mini-Reviews: Beauty and the Beast (Volume 1 & Volume 2)
Beauty and the Beast, Belle's Tale (Volume 1) by Mallory Reaves
Synopsis: In Disney's live-action film Beauty and the Beast, Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince inside. This manga explores Belle's innermost thoughts as she learns that true beauty comes from within.
Beauty and the Beast, The Beast's Tale (Volume 2) by Mallory Reaves
Synopsis: A tale as old as time ... told in timeless manga style
Disney's much-anticipated live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" hits theaters in March 2017, and it stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. This original two-part manga series is based upon the upcoming movie... but you've never seen this classic love story told quite this way before.
The "Beauty" manga delves into Belle's deepest thoughts as she's taken prisoner by the Beast in his majestic castle. Where the "Beast" manga explores Beast's deepest thoughts as he captures Belle in his castle and finds himself falling in love with her feisty attitude and adventurous spirit.
*I requested these books via Netgalley in trade of an honest review*
I was browsing through Netgalley, when I came across these manga-style graphic novels on the 'Read Now' section. I had recently seen (and loved!) the new BATB film so when I saw these I just had to download them. Seeing as the two graphic novels go together (Belle's POV & The Beast's POV), I thought I would just combine them together in one review as I had similar opinions on both.
Anyway, here's my review!
Page Layout/Reading Order
I've never really read any manga before, so this was nothing quite new for me. It's a manga, so it reads from the back to the front. Luckily there's a notice at the front saying to start from the back that helped. However, I did get confused later on as some pages would read from left to right and others were a bit mixed up. I don't know if this was just me because I got mixed up, but I saw some other reviews where people had said similar things, so I don't think it was.
If you are interested in reading these then I'd definitely recommend seeing the new film beforehand as that is what it's based off. As it's Belle's and then The Beast's POVS, you don't get to see everything and it does skip over some bits that the two characters don't see.
I thought it followed the story well and I really enjoyed how in The Beast's Tale, you got see quiet a few glimpses of what his childhood was like.
I did really like the art style and it was in black and white. In some areas, I think there could've been a tiny bit more detail as there was sometimes just a plain white box with a character just stood there and there wasn't much of a background. I just think that with some of the scenes the backgrounds could've been really cool.
Overall, I did like these graphic novels, but I just didn't LOVE them enough to give them much of a high rating. I think I'm still getting into the graphic novel and manga world and I haven't found one that I've absolutely loved yet. If you do have any recommendations then please leave them below and I'll try and check them out.
These were fun, quick reads and I'd definitely recommend them if you loved the new movie.
Rate (for both) - 2.5-3/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32841044-belle-s-tale?ac=1&from_search=true
AMAZON - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disney-Beauty-Beast-Mallory-Reaves/dp/1427856834/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=9J33Y0HHZYADR87AM9SR
The Beast's Tale
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32841045-the-beast-s-tale
AMAZON - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disney-Beauty-Beast-Mallory-Reaves/dp/1427856850/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=T00XDYBHSCBSCC128YCR
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