Beauty and the Beast and the Power of Love

The first teaser trailer has arrived for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live action movie coming out March 17, 2017.

I will be in line, shanking people to get the first ticket to opening night.

You think I am joking?

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale of all time. If I had to pick one fairytale to take to a desert island, that would be it. I have collected editions of Beauty and the Beast all my life (again, another blog post). There are so many reasons that Beauty and the Beast is the BEST fairytale and one of the most powerful stories ever told.

It’s also one of the oldest stories ever told, but I won’t go into the history of it here. That’s another post for another day. However, this story has roots that reach back to the dawn of mythology across every culture.

The Power of Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Europa’s fairy book (1916) New York ; London : G. P. Putnam’s sons (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Why is it that we are so drawn to this story? Is it because we are fascinated by mystery and magic? Is it that we can all understand having to live with the sometimes beastly consequences of our actions? Is it that we all long to have the courage to look beyond what is on the surface to see the beauty underneath? Is it that we know that in the end, while Beauty’s Beast turns into a prince, we instinctively know that they are a couple who will always share a dark history, no matter what the happily every after is?

Or…is it because we all long to believe in the transformative power of love….not to change someone, but to change the way we see them and want to be seen.

That, I think, is the true lesson of the most beautiful love story ever told.

Oh, and while we wait for more glorious footage, here’s a way to get your fix on Disney’s site.