Most people know the story of Beauty and the Beast, so you may already have a vision of Belle in your head from the 1991 Disney film. To help define how our Belle is so different from the other versions of her, we’ve compared and contrasted our own Belle to the Beauty and the Beast film and the original fairy tale.
The original Beauty fairy tale was written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740. Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont rewrote the long story in 1756, and it’s one of the most common versions of the tale. The story was meant to help French girls ease into arranged marriages, since the original Beauty ends up happily married to the, at first, hideous Beast.
See the table below for some differences in each version:
|Zenescope’s Belle: Beast Hunter||Disney’s Beauty and the Beast||Beaumont’s Beauty (1756)|
As you can see, they all differ in many ways, but there are some similarities. For instance, our Belle and Belle from the film both have dark hair and favor the color blue, and both have a special way of getting around: the freedom of riding a motorbike in our story and riding horses in the film.
Belle/Beauty has a strong bond and love for her family in each version, but in Belle: Beast Hunter, Belle doesn’t have such a strong relationship with her father. He is a widower in all versions, but her family structure is different in each story. In our version, Belle is close to Candlestick, the human version of Lumière in the film, who also helps to train her for her future as a formidable beast hunter.
The main similarity with our Belle and Belle in the Beauty and the Beast film is how strong and independent she is. In the film, Belle feels misunderstood and has goals and aspirations wants more than to marry beyond marrying and taking care of a family—which deeply contrasts with the original character of Beauty. Belle craves adventure, and that’s exactly what we give here in Belle: Beast Hunter!