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The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince is a novel written by Serena Valentino, the writer of Fairest of All. Based on Beauty and the Beast, it serves as a prequel to the film, telling of the story of the Beast and how he became a monster, as well as the events that led up to the curse broken. It was released on July 22, 2014.


"A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?"


The book begins with the Beast recounting the life he lived before the curse: he was once the Prince of the estate who spent his time hunting and living in extravagance with his friend Gaston. He was to be wed to a woman named Circe, until he learned from Gaston that she was actually a farmer, so he coldly rejected her. One night, Circe returned disguised as a beggar and asked for the Prince to forgive her, but once again the Prince callously refused her. Angered by his ignorance, Circe and her witch-like sisters place a curse on him that will slowly turn him into something inhuman and those around him to share his burden unless he can learn to love and be loved in return, and give him a rose and a mirror as a reminder of the spell.

While nothing seems to have transfigured or changed, over the next few months the Prince begins to slowly age in appearance while becoming more sinister-looking. When his paranoia starts to fester, he eventually chooses to marry the scatterbrained Princess Tulip Morningstar. However, strange episodes begin taking place in the castle, such as the staff beginning to disappear and statues appearing out of nowhere, and soon the Prince becomes so exasperated that he forces Tulip out of the castle with Gaston to escort her away. However after nearly attacking Gaston while out on a hunt, the Prince shuts himself out from the rest of the world. As the months pass by, the Prince's transformation to the Beast completes, with memories of his former life fading from not only his, but from Gaston's and the rest of the court.

When all seems lost, Belle arrives to the castle trading in her life for her father's. Circe's sisters decide to send wolves to kill Belle and ruin the Beast's chances of breaking the spell; however, the Beast's rescue of her only encourages the inception of their romance. As the Beast begins to fall in love with her, the three sisters decide to interfere by having Belle return to her father and leading Gaston into killing the Beast to have Belle as his own. When the fight with Beast commences, Gaston is overpowered by him, so the sisters enchant the Beast to spare Gaston so Gaston can stab him, but this ends with Gaston's fall. As Belle comes to the dying Beast and admits her love, Circe witnesses the touching moment and decides to lift the curse and bring the Beast back to life so he can be with Belle. At the end of the novel, Belle and the Prince live happily ever after with Circe silently watching them through the mirror.


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Films: Beauty and the Beast | The Enchanted Christmas | Belle's Magical World | Beauty and the Beast (2017 film) | Video
Television: Sing Me a Story with Belle | Belle's Tales of Friendship | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | A Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince | The New Adventures of Beauty and the Beast | Winter Wonderland | Time Flies! | Sittin' Pretty! | Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Look-Look Book | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Disney Princess Beginnings
Marvel Comics: A Chance For Romance | Wardrobe's Big Surprise | The Wishful Walk | Almost Amour! | Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2 | Dove Tales Part 1 and 2 | A Masterpiece for the Master | Deck the Halls for Belle with Holly | Belle, Book and Castle | Bound to Surprise | The Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game) | Belle's Quest | Roar of the Beast | A Board Game Adventure | Disney Infinity | Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ | Disney Enchanted Tales
Music: Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack)

Disney Parks

Animated film: Art of Animation | Beauty and the Beast Ride | Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | Le Pays des Contes de Fées | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Live action: Disney Illuminations
Entertainment: Animazment - The Musical | A Table is Waiting | Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disney in the Stars | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey and the Magician | Once Upon a Time | Royal Theatre | The Golden Mickeys | World of Color
Restaurants: Be Our Guest Restaurant | Gaston's Tavern | Maurice’s Treats Snack Cart
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments Parade | Paint The Night Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Halloween: Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Show | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime


Original: Belle | Beast | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip Potts | Chip's Sibling | Chef Bouche | Villagers | Maurice | Philippe | Gaston | LeFou | Bimbettes | Sultan | Wardrobe | Fifi | Enchantress | Monsieur D'Arque | Wolves | Music Box | Gaston's buddies | Pierre | Palanquin
Enchanted Christmas: Angelique | Forte | Fife
Belle's Magical World: Webster | Crane | Le Plume | Witherspoon | Chandeleria
Deleted Characters: Clarice | Marguerite | Belle's sisters | Belle's suitors | Belle's mother
Comic and Storybook Characters: Countess de la Perle | Thunder


Original: Prologue | Belle | Gaston | Be Our Guest | Something There | Human Again | Beauty and the Beast | The Mob Song
Broadway: No Matter What | Me | Home | How Long Must This Go On? | If I Can't Love Her | Maison Des Lunes | A Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: Stories | As Long As There's Christmas | Don't Fall in Love | A Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little Thought | Listen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: Our Song Lives On | For Evermore | Days in the Sun


Beast's Castle | Library | Belle's Cottage | Village | Ballroom | The Black Forest | Tavern | The West Wing | Belle's Room


The Enchanted Rose | Enchanted Mirror | Maurice's Machine

See Also

Beauty and the Beast (musical) | Beauty and the Beast Jr. | Disney Renaissance | Original Screenplay

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