Elizabeth Bourne. Beasts. (Interzone #240, May/June 2012)

A re-telling of the classic fairytale ‘Beauty and the Beast’, which is suppose makes it fantasy. Looking at the TV schedules and films it seems like vampires/werewolves/fairytales are a big thing amongst the younger generation (nb anyone under 50 is the younger generation as far as I’m concerned).

For me it’s a bit of a cul-de-sac, as this story illustrates : fine enough as far as it goes, but people have been retelling this story for quarter of a millenia, and the story would have to do something pretty different to make the effort worthwhile imho. Which it doesn’t. It does have a slightly more sensual element to it, but that simply reminded me of Walerian Borowczyk’s film from 1975 ‘La Bete’, which really did (ahem) bring something different to the fairy tale.

Doubtless those with more of a penchant for fantasy will have a slightly different take on the story.

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