Wednesday, March 23, 2011

'Beastly' by Alex Flinn

For anyone who has seen or is interested in the film Beastly starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa's what I thought of the original novel by Alex Flinn. As to what I thought of it, the jury is still out 'cause I have yet to view it. I'll let you know after it comes out on DVD.

 ***Viewer Disgretion Advised for short flashes of violence and cussing (though definitely nothing worse than IS a preview)***

(from the inside flap)
        I AM A BEAST
       A beast. Not quite a wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore.
        I am a monster.
       You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. Its no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
       Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly…beastly.

       Beastly is not your traditional family-fun, sing-along Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. While Alex Flinn’s retelling gives the tale fresh new life, as well as heavily re-enforcing the truth that it’s what’s on the inside that matters, this tale is more than ‘somewhat’ dark.
       Wrestling with his beastly persona and instincts, this story is not without violence. Nor is it without the occasional cuss word, or some rather startlingly blatant content.
       Though some of the afore-mentioned content could definitely have been left on the cutting room floor, Beastly is a poignant tale of love, and looking at what’s on the inside.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
suggested for ages 13 and up

No comments:

Popular Posts