The Books-to-Movie Challenge for April is Beastly by Alex Flinn, originally released in October 2008. A modern retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast, Beastly takes place in current New York City. The novel uses modern technology to allow the main character, Kyle Kingsley, to connect with the outside world after his self-imposed seclusion without leaving his apartment.
I love this book, the fresh take on the classic story is so well done. You can read my original review here.
The movie stars Alex Pettyfer as Kyle Kingsley (recently rumored to be in Mortal Instruments, and starring in I Am Number Four). Vanessa Hudgens (of High School Musical) stars as Lindy, the love interest, and Neil Patrick Harris stars as Kyle’s tutor Will. *SQUEE!!* (Yep, I did just scream like a little girl over Neil Patrick Harris.)
Some things to keep in mind as you read and watch the movie:
How do you like the changes they made to Kyle’s character, having him scarred instead of hairy?
It appears from the featurette that Kyle goes to public school, what do you think of this departure from the novel? Does it help or hurt the feeling isolation that Kyle experiences in the novel?
Do the actors/actresses fit the characters from the novel? If not, who do you think could do better?
Overall thoughts and impressions?
I am very excited of this challenge so pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!