The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

by Francesca Lia Block
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The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! What a poorly written book, I couldnt get past the first two stories, the "book" is only 66 pgs and it was almost $10, it hope my money helps this writer get a proper education.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this I thought I was going to like it but it was terrible. She put so many curse words into the book. She puts rape into it. I agree with the other reviews. I only read half because the fairytales just go worse. I am also suprised that alot of the reviwers hated it too. If you lik fairytale books read Donna Jo Napoli or the Once Upon a time Series. Do Not read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read fairy tale retellings alot because I love the old tales. Usually I also like the retellings...I was seventeen when I read the book, and after three stories I put the book down. The content of the stories made me wonder at first if the book had been put in the wrong section, it belonges in the adult section. The book takes beautiful stories and makes them bad and trashy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought I was going to read a good version of the stories, instead I was reading trash! As a writer, why do you condone these types of actions especially for younger children. I'm not a child, and I'm not a prude, but I was so disgusted with the book, I tore it in little pieces, and threw it in the trash where it belonged!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book. But I find Block's writing to be 'either you love it or you hate it' type of stuff. This book was very trashy. It was not magical at all as I expected it to be. It wasn't even creative. Just trash, filth. I almost cried, because all the childhood stories were simply RUINED. And like other reviewers have said, it definitely tones down the seriousness of most of the issues mentioned in this book! Ridiculous. I do NOT reccomend this book. I've read Weetzie Bat, though, and that was simply a work of art. And all the books in that series. If you've only read this book from Block, I reccomend to not give up on her and check out a Weetzie Book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! yes, as a teen I still do love those dreamy, fairytales that you can get lost in. But in Block's way of telling the stories you can look at them in a different view, knowing there is a happily ever after in your own state of mind, not in a nonrealistic book. I think people could relate to at least one of the nine stories in some way, shape, or form. I loved this book, and not once did i ever think of the story literally, I tried to imagine the story deep within the text.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was horrible! Her demented and perverted mind bent all the beautiful stories I know and love into horrible mangled pieces of garbage. I don't think it's creative, intelligent, or 'artsy' in any way. It's complete garbage. Forgive me for not being particularly moved by bestiality and drug abuse, never mind that she completely negates the seriousness of rape and encourages promiscuity. She's filth, as far as I'm concerned. The only use for this book is kindling or potty training a new puppy.
Lovely-Dovely More than 1 year ago
I first read The Rose and the Beast when I was in seventh grade. I was a pretty sheltered child, and in 7th grade I was just learning about sex and rape and drugs and murder. I read said book thinking I was gonna get a treat like Donna Jo Napoli's Beast--- a beautiful, different telling of my favorite fairy tale. OH NO. This book was filled with sex, something that was then foreign and very dirty. My favorite fairy tales were ripped apart by the things that MADE them fairy tales. A world without sex without love, murder without justice, and mostly only good people. And so I threw it out of my mind. BUT...now that I've read it again, I LOVE IT. This book calls to the dark side of us that know fairy tales and the real world are two completely different things. And yet, there's something tragically poetic and emotionally stirring in these cryptic tales. At least give it a shot. You never know!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like fairy tales, don't read this. It rips them to shreads in the worst way possible. I especially do not recomend it to anyone under the age of 18. Disgusting, dishonorable and dissapointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and everything she does. These remixed stories are nothing but amazing
AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
At times, this book was truly wonderful, a unique perspective on some of our most famous fairy tales such as Snow White, Thumbelina and Beauty and the Beast. I was enchanted and could have recommended this book to young adults. It might have provided them with an alternative read to embrace. Then the swear words and references to drugs and alcohol began. I realize that some men and women choose to revel in this culture, destroying themselves and others around them. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t expose our youth to these cold, bitter alternatives. The lovely cover belies the treachery found within. I regret selecting this book and wish the author would have stuck to the good road instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loooooooove it
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rose and the Beast, Francesca Lia Block, is an intriguing short story book with nine different childhood stories rewritten to relate to the darker side of the 20th century. Each story uses a key part of the original fairy tale and adds a twist. Each of the nine stories is different and shocking in its own way which makes the book exciting to read. The author did a great job going into the story and each character and making it her own. My favorite of the short stories would have to be ¿Tiny¿ and ¿Beast¿. I enjoyed ¿Tiny¿ because it had a happy ending and it kept me guessing until the end. It was related to Thumbelina, but instead of using a bad guy, she makes her own choices to leave and leads herself into danger. ¿Beast¿ was also one of my favorites because although it didn't have a happy ending, it showed there can be good in all of us and turned the good ending of Beauty and the Beast into a sad ending that makes you want to try to be a better person because of people you love. My least favorite story, although hard to choose, would be ¿Ice¿ because of the heartbreak and betrayal throughout the whole story. I would highly recommend this book to mature readers that would like something new and entertaining that will keep them on the edge of their seats. Each story is written with such detail, I could imagine everything happening. Although shocking, each story has one¿s own personal moral and meaning behind the dark humor and leaves you wanting more. Young female, fantasy seekers, looking for an exciting book that uses fairy tales from childhood will not be dissatisfied with The Rose and the Beast. The tales turn each story into impacting and detailing shorter ones. This book earns high recommendation from this reviewer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fairy tales arentstorys for happily ever after! Thats Disneys portayal of them. Fairy tales where created to teach children about life and love. And that in every hardship there is happiness to be found. The original fairy tales have been written and rewritten to be just happily ever after mush, instead of the life lessons they where originaly ment to be. These versions of the fairy tales teach teens that the things that are deemd 'cool'and 'fun' have a harsh reality. Sort of a backwards motion then the original fairy tale's. What many seem to find 'filthy' and 'trashy'is just harsh realitys. Not the magical mystic made up world of happily ever after, but the reality oir practical thinking and truth. Those who hate it are just mad that they where shown not every story has a happy ending. Or, they are mad because they bought it for their 12 year old expecting it to be disney material. I recommend this book for 14 and above. Fairy tales think outside the box, this book thinks outside the box of the every day 'once apon a time'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book, I dont know why it is concidered a childs book, because it is more of a teen book. Fairy tales where originaly stories to teach children lessons. These tales teach skeptical teens more mature lessons. Fairys and witches dont bother the more matured mind. But the realitys of Drugs and sex do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was good! I don¿t know what people are talking about when they say this book wasn¿t good. Francesca Lia Block gives a good modern twist to each of these stories. Cause we have to face reality. Reality isn¿t always a happy ending. People die because of drugs! People do get abused! I know this is only my opinion but if there were more of these types of books out there then it would be considered a book that people would often buy. Not only does this book display realistic ideas this book was written very artistically. And I love the portrayals of little kid fairytales becoming something that teens can read at their level. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 12. Younger kids would not understand this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this book was that good. I mean, it had description and good images, but it didn't appeal to me that much. There was swearing, drugs, rape, and many other things that I think shouldn't have been there. But overall it was ok.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Franscesca Lia Block proves once again that she remains one of the best storytellers of my time, through this re-writing of fairytales. The thing to remember is that before fairytales were adapted into bedtime stories, they were extremely dark and morbid. Block captures their essence perfectly, in a way that young adults can relate to. Block tackles forbidden subject matters such as rape, incest, murder, and homosexuality, twisting them into an intricate string of lyrical words that add to the storylines and don't take them away. Only a pure genius can do that, and Block is certainly one. This book is a study of unique and brilliant storytelling, and it's not just for teens. Read it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved the book and read it all in one day 2 times. but most books would never mention murder, rape, or drugs in fairy tales. i thought it was kinda awesome kuz it was so real. and i cant really place which fairy tales is which though. can someone clarify that for me?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this book when my friend was reading it. I read the first few pages and I almost immeadietly loved it. So...I bought it, read it, and re-read it. The book is ridiculously awesome. With each story, Block makes it more enticing by the way she describes everything and how she twists the traditional fairy tales. You must read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Realistic modern versions of classic farie tales. When i first bought this book i was about, oh... 14. Unwise to the world and all of its difference, the raw truth in this book disgusted me and i thought mrs. block had butchered classic tales. But i picked it up about a year ago and i loved it. So moral of the story, if you cant accept what is going on in the world, this book is not for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rose And The Beast was a great book. The book retold all the most common child fairy tales in a way that would be nowadays. The book still has all the happy endings. I wouldn't recommend it for a child under 8th grade though. The book but terms and phrases is adult terms. I am a high school freshman and I really enjoyed this great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of Francesca Lia Block's books are filled with transcendental flowery prose that makes you fall in love with the magical worlds she creates. In this book, she may not have created these fairy tales, but she has made them her own. Each story grows more amazing, as the alteration to the stories makes them relateable, modern. If you are a fan of hers, you will love what she has done. If you are a fan of fairy tales, you may have a harder time accepting the gritty, intense changes she has made to old favorites. You may find it more enjoyable if you read one of her other books first to acclimate yourself with her vision....and fall in love with her style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Francesca Lia Block can wax poetic with the best of them. This book is absolutely beautiful. I took away one star because one of my pet peeves is run-on sentences, and Block uses a lot of them. But the content is superb. My only suggestion would be that Francesca's work not be placed in the childrens' books section, as her topics are more adult-oriented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Francesca Lia Block book i had ever read was quite impressed I recommend her books to anyone who wnjoys magic. Her wonderfully written. You can just imagine yourself in the setting feeling the characters strong emotions. Her stories include struggles,love with reality mixed in to the point you could cry. The way she arranges the words they flow together. An ellentant read for young Adults all over- Lauren St. John