A New Belle, Rose, and Beast


Disney is coming out with a new La Belle et la Bete. Two fresh roses are called for. I have eluded many times that I am the Beast to Belle. I am the young man trapped in the body of an Old Creep. This is they way I was depicted on our Mayor’s facebook.

I was already isolated when she noticed me. She asks;

“Who is that?”

Below are the e-mails I sent my friends announcing I had fallen in love with Belle. After I sent her the video I took of Marilyn’s daughter, they became facebook friends. I wondered why Marilyn didn’t tell. I began to suspect Belle was chosen to tell our tale in my place. How interesting, this idea, the Muse utterly betrays the author – she was assigned to.

The song ‘Saint Stephen’s Rose’ is being sung as we behold each other. If it is true, that I died and came back, then I am eternally young.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2016



We all know the story of Beauty and the Beast — while not quite as old as time, it’s a tale that has earned its spot among the classics for children and adults alike, partly thanks to the animated adaptation by Disney in 1991. One of the oldest known versions dates back to the second century, but it’s Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s version in 1740 and the shortened take by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont a few years later that served as the main inspiration for the movies.

Over the centuries, there’s been a total of 12 movies putting their own unique spin on the story, starting with Pathé’s production from 1899, and we’ve got a new Disney live-action version coming next year, starring Emma Watson as Belle. Naturally, the number of adaptations makes you wonder how each of them could still be fresh and compelling, but this French version — directed by Christophe Gans, with Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel — will surprise you.

The reason so many filmmakers have brought the story of Beauty and the Beast to the big screen is mainly its timeless appeal; the idea that beauty should be found within applies to any context or character, while the antagonism between the bitter, powerful Beast and the clever yet naive Belle is the ideal narrative dynamic.

Not wanting to remake an existing cinematic version, director Gans has explained how he made sure to go back to the roots of the tale, and the very first French novel. Away from the talking teapot, he found thatBeauty and the Beast had strong ties to mythology, with creatures such as the Beast reminiscent of the monsters featured in Greek literature:

“I’ve always seen the monster as an intermediary step between mortal and God. In that sense, they are indeed mythological creature like cyclopses, Titans, or the whole pantheon of classic mythology. I tried to make the Beast a magnificent and yet pathetic creature.”



In 1706 Gabrielle-Suzanne married Jean-Baptiste Gaalon de Villeneuve, a member of an aristocratic family from Poitou. Within six month of her marriage, she requested a separation of belongings from her husband who had already squandered much of their substantial joint family inheritance. A daughter was born from the marriage but no records indicate if she survived. In 1711, Gabrielle-Suzanne became a widow at the age of 26. She progressively lost her family fortune and was forced to seek a means of employment to support herself. Eventually she made her way to Paris where she met Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, or Crébillon père, the most famous playwright of tragedies of the period. It is likely she began co-habitating with Crébillon père in the early 1730s (although the earliest documented date is 1748), and remained with him until her death in 1755. Gabrielle-Suzanne assisted Crébillon père with his duties as the royal literary censure, and thus became knowledgeable about the literary tastes of the Parisian reading public.


La Belle et la Bête?

Here is a beautiful name, Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force or Mademoiselle de La Force. She was a Fairytale writer from a titled family. That is her family crest above with Unicorns.





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1 Response to A New Belle, Rose, and Beast

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Here is a beautiful name, Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force or Mademoiselle de La Force. She was a Fairytale writer from a titled family. That is her family crest above with Unicorns.

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