And white is for true love...Beastly
is a 2007 Young Adult
novel written by Alex Flinn. It is a modern retelling of the classic Fairy Tale
"Beauty and the Beast
", set in New York City.Kyle Kingsbury
, rich, handsome and popular
, plays a mean practical joke on an outcast girl in his class, who turns out to be a witch named Kendra in disguise. Disgusted by his cruelty, she casts a spell on him, transforming him into a beast
. However, because he gave an unwanted rose corsage to a girl working a ticket booth - a small act of kindness he performed shortly before his transformation - she allows him exactly two years
to break the spell, or else remain a beast forever. To do this he must fall in love with a girl and she must love him in return, proving the love with a kiss
. Kendra later offers Kyle further aid by giving him a Magic Mirror
that shows him whomever he wishes to see when he speaks their name to it.
Kyle's father, a well-known news reporter who is shallow and image-obsessed
, is repulsed by the thought of any association to Kyle in his beast form, and locks him away
in a mansion-like apartment in Brooklyn, with his only company being his housekeeper, Magda, and at his request, a blind tutor named Will.
After a year of being a beast, and trying and failing to find love, Kyle changes his name to Adrian, meaning "dark one" to reflect his feelings of being a completely different person from the conceited, materialistic boy he used to be. When a robber stumbles into his garden Adrian offers him a deal; he won't report the robber to the police if the robber brings Adrian his daughter, Linda. She is Adrian's last chance to break the spell before his two years are up
was released March 18th, 2011; instead of Kyle being turned into an inhuman beast, in this version, he turns into a "human monster"
— a huge
, ugly punk
covered in tattoos, piercings
, and scars
. It was received poorly by critics, with only a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes
, and a 41 out of 100 rating on Metacritic.
This book provides examples of:
- Beast and Beauty
- The Beautiful Elite: Kyle used to belong to them before the curse; he even uses the actual phrase "the Beautiful People".
- Blind and the Beast: Kyle's tutor Will is blind and hence isn't frightened by him even after Kyle tells him about his curse. It's worth noting, though, that Kyle only asked his father for a "tutor" and isn't happy with the implications behind his father sending him a blind one.
- Bookworm: Lindy.
- Curse Escape Clause: Kyle's spell can only be broken if he falls in love with a girl and gets her to return the love within two years of his transformation, or else he'll be stuck as a beast forever.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Flower Motifs: The meanings of different roses are brought up at various points in the book, and Kyle plants a specific kind of miniature called "Little Linda" in honor of Linda's arrival.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: This ends badly for Kyle when the girl he's dancing with tries to pull off his "mask".
- Heroes Want Redheads: Especially when she lets her hair down.
- Heroic BSOD: Adrian, after he lets Lindy go off to help her father.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why Adrian lets Lindy leave in the first place.
- Jerkass: Kyle, at first.
- Karma Houdini: Kyle's father is just as narcissistic as his son, with less excuse. In fact, he's arguably the cause of Kyle's cruelty. But nothing happens to him. Kendra should have gone after the father once she'd straightened out the son.
- Given how he was in the public eye so much, she probably couldn't have gone after him. She already was banished from ever going home for cursing Kyle.
- King Incognito: Magda, Kyle's seemingly Hispanic caretaker, is revealed at the end to be none other than Kendra in disguise.
- Kyle himself is this for Lindy, who had a crush on him when he was human and who has no idea that he's her friend "Adrian".
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The chatroom Kyle frequently visits after he's transformed is set up as a support group for transformed people, and the other members talk as if they're from other fairy tales. Whether the other members are legitimately living out their respective stories in real life, or are just role-playing online is left to interpretation.
- Meaningful Name: Kyle starts calling himself Adrian after his transformation, a name which means "dark one", as he decides that "Kyle", which means "handsome", doesn't suit him anymore. In reality, Adrian is a Latin-derived name that simply means "man from the town of Hadria" and Kyle comes from a Gaelic word which means "channel" or "strait", but the inaccuracies can be Hand Waved by the reasoning that Kyle looked them up on the Internet which is not a 100% reliable source. Linda is also the Spanish word for pretty.
- Parental Abandonment: Kyle's father never paid much attention to him even before the curse, and Lindy's father is a drug user who gives her up to what he believes is imprisonment in a beast's dungeon. This is one of the things they bond over, really.
- Rage Against the Reflection
- Satellite Love Interest: Sloane, although it's less about her not having a personality than her personality being genuinely shallow and her interest in Kyle based solely on him being handsome and popular, which is why Kyle trying to kiss her to break his curse fails.
- Setting Update: It's a modern-day adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" told from the Beast's perspective. The Beast is a Jerk Jock with an emotionally distant media mogul father, the Beauty is a Hollywood Homely bookworm with a drug-dealing father, and the setting is modern New York.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Lindy, after trying on the dress she and Adrian find in the attic.
- Snow Means Love
- Title Drop: Kyle begins the story by saying he'll tell the reader how he "became... beastly."
- True Beauty Is on the Inside
- True Love's Kiss
The later books provides examples of: