Now we are talking about a very strange phenomenon.
Beastly--book and movie summaries.
Well, Beauty and the Beast, duh. Set in modern day with a modern, absolute vain jerk high school student, Kyle, who runs into a witch who thinks he needs a change--a drastic change into a beast. In the book he has two years to find true love--he loves, she loves--who will kiss him. In the movie he only has one year and needs a heartfelt "I love you," not the whole kiss. Give it to Kyle, his father is a self involved, vain, appearance bias jerk that makes Kyle look sweet. Said father gets Kyle a large house in Brooklyn with a blind tutor, Will, and his usual house keeper so that Will cannot embarrass his father with his beastliness.
Enter Lindy, with her drug addict father and her scholarship to the private school Kyle used to attend. She loves books. She loves roses. And of course (I think the Beauty and the Beast reference already spoiled this) when forced to live at Kyle's house, she grows to love the changing, redeemable Kyle.
So my big wow factor: I liked the movie better. I will admit I saw the movie first, so that may have affected me some, but I feel I have some solid grounds.
I did appreciate that Flinn attempted to stay so close to the fairy tale, but in my opinion he stayed a little too close. I liked his having Kyle go quite so entirely Beastly, but some of the fairy tale aspects--the witch--clunked into corny. It's called an adaptation for a reason. His audience jumped around like a Mexican jumping bean. At times, his tone would reflect an intelligent sixteen-year-old. At other times he appeared to be trying too hard to keep his teens sounding teen, and he ended making his characters sound a bit idiot and out of date. I appreciated the fact he tried to create most of the book in dialogue. I love dialogue. But the dialogue was flat and didn't tend to tell much about the characters, meaning there was very little characterization. When Flinn did try to evoke an emotion, he tended to simply state it. Then, as if he couldn't think of another way to get the point across, Kyle just tended to repeat the thought.
One big issue with the book is Lindy. I know this is a retelling of the story centering on the Beast for once, and I appreciate that Lindy isn't, at first glance, a gorgeous Beauty. However, she falls for all of the clichés and has the personality of wallpaper.
The chat room sections of different fairy tale characters talking about their woes could have been a hilarious and moving method of advancing the story. Unfortunately, not enough context was given to most of the stories since he used old fashioned fairy tales. I respect that, but it will be confusing. Kids are used to Disney's The Little Mermaid, not Anderson's, and without more context, I feel it would have been jarring. "Snow White, Rose Red" is even less well known, and an esoteric oddity here (plus, in the versions I've read, Rose Red gets the bear's brother. But maybe I'm too contemporary).
In the end, it comes down to