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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.

Description

"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?"

Synopsis

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.

Trivia

  • While the book is considered part of Valentino's Disney Villains series, the Beast himself is not actually the villain of his respective film. However, Valentino did accentuate the Beast's more unattractive qualities of brutality and egotism in the novel, which in turn has him fit in with the overall villainous personalities of the series main characters.

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Media
Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical WorldBeauty and the Beast (2017 film)Video

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandTime Flies!Sittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Look-Look BookGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookDisney Princess Beginnings
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2A Masterpiece for the MasterDeck the Halls for Belle with HollyBelle, Book and CastleBound to SurpriseThe Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χ Disney Enchanted Tales
Music: Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)

Disney Parks
Animated film: Art of AnimationBeauty and the Beast RideDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Live action: Disney Illuminations
Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalA Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicDisney Movie MagicEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianRoyal TheatreThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Be Our Guest RestaurantGaston's TavernMaurice’s Treats Snack CartRed Rose Taverne
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Magical Moments ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Mickey's Rainy Day ExpressPaint The Night ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Disney Dreams!Disney in the StarsOnce Upon a TimeWishesWorld of Color
Halloween: Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween ShowIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Characters
Original: BelleBeastLumièreCogsworthMrs. PottsChipChip's siblingsChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's buddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's sistersBelle's suitorsBelle's mother
Sing Me a Story with Belle: HarmonyBig BookLewis and Carol
Comic and Storybook Characters: Countess de la PerleThunder
Remake: CadenzaJean PottsThe KingThe Queen

Songs
Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does A Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Locations
Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
Objects
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay