This post originally appeared in Deborah's blog.
Although I’ve always written and probably always will write, my profession is editing [and now, publishing]. I’m a substantive editor, which means that in addition to doing copy-editing to make flow all nice and pretty, I get to comment on things like characterization and continuity. No book is without flaws (or typos, alas), and being a critic before publishing is in many ways more satisfactory than after, because it gives the author a chance to fix the problem. Since I’ve been editing, I’ve begun to notice a few trends.
We’re half a month late, but it’s been 30 years since the release of Disney’s animated film Beauty and the Beast. The “tale as old as time” is still one of this book-loving brunette’s absolute favorite movies (I also adore the live-action version), and I have vague, fond memories of seeing it in the theatre when I was barely old enough to sit still for that hour and a half. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it since, but Belle showed me that it’s not uncool to be bookish and smart, and princesses don’t all have to fit the same Cinderella mold.
If you’re an avid Beauty and the Beast fan like I am, and looking for some more written versions of this classic story, here’s a list I compiled of ten retellings that have high ratings:
Wondering what to get for the nerd(s) in your life? Or what to buy with the gift cards you receive as holiday presents? Well, look no further, because we’ve compiled a massive list covering 13 different popular fandoms!
(By the way, “nerd” isn’t a dirty word—it means an avid fan. We’re proud nerds, and not just the bookish kind. We’re into most of the fandoms listed below!)