Top 7 Things You Need to Know About ‘Beauty and The Beast’

There are seven things you need to know about the fairytale entitled ‘Beauty and The Beast’:

  1. It is Disney’s 30th animated classic from the canon. 


After the controversy of The Rescuers Down Under being pulled from the screens early (including its marketing), Disney needed a hit. Although there have normally been significant gaps between Disney releasing fairytale films (13 years, 9 years, and a whopping 30 years), the release gap between The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast is a mere two years!

2. It is the third animated film in the Disney Renaissance period.


This era spans from 1989 to 1999 during which Walt Disney Feature Animation (renamed Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2006) experienced a creative resurgence in producing successful animated films based on well-known stories, which restored public and critical interest in The Walt Disney Company as a whole.

During this era, the studio produced and released ten animated films: The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Mulan (1998) and Tarzan (1999).

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Books Becoming Movies

This is me giving you a headstart for next year’s reading. Below is a rundown of novels that will have their film adaptations this coming 2017.


IT by Stephen King

After children start mysteriously dying, a group of kids known as “The Losers Club” face off against the evil entity responsible — which takes the shape of a clown named Pennywise.

Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

Who: Bradley Cooper, Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid


Chronicles of Narnia: Silver Chair by C.S Lewis

Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. Once again Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face and face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.

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The Vegetarian

Its red book cover bears a special insignia of recognition from Man Booker Prize. This must be good, I thought.

For a South Korean novelist to penetrate the international literary circle, this piece of work must be something.  But for a novel to reach international status: translated into English and published in the UK puts it in a whole new game level – all the more get awarded by Man Booker Prize, a leading literary award-giving body in the English speaking world. This must be really something. I am so ready for this. 

All the trigger warnings cannot prepare the reader for the traumas this may bring. You might eye the title and scan the first innocuous sentence — “Before my wife turned vegetarian, I thought of her as completely unremarkable in every way” — and think that the biggest risk here might be converting to vegetarianism. But there are the horrors that rattle in and out of this ferocious, magnificently nightmarish novel that you can’t shake out of your system once you’ve finished its 188 pages.

I was sooooo not ready for it. So take this review as a cautious heads up for the ride that it will be with Yeong-Hye.  

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2016 Top 12 Children’s Book Haul

I make periodic visits to bookstores whenever I can. I usually raid National Bookstore, Fully-Booked, and Powerbooks at Megamall weekdays after work. I go there just to check their Bestsellers list and see if the “Bestsellers” actually have good reviews on Goodreads.

But during Saturdays, there’s one place where you’ll definitely find me: Books for Less. Pre-loved books (sometimes unused, old stocks!) for really low prices. I can spend hours inside the store on a Saturday morning, looking for literary gold mines like classics  from L.M. Montgomery, Sylvia Plath, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien (I bought my LOTR compendium at Books For Less for less than 500 pesos!!) and browse through contemporary literature from Jo Nesbo, John Grisham, James Patterson, Robert Ludlum, etc.

But my notable observation about myself is this: I always come out from that bookstore with Children’s books all the time. No fail.

From a curious monkey named George to a young, imaginative boy named Max, down to well-loved fairytale characters illustrated in golden-spined books and a grandpa narrating a story about a food-full town named ChewandSwallow, see my top 12 finds this year from Books For Less.

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On Writing

I had forgotten.

I had forgotten the extremity of its cruelty and tenderness. I had forgotten the excitement, the urgency, and excruciating, forehead-knotting intensity of writing soulful words on a blank paper.

I had forgotten the brutal vitality of a writer’s air, the magnificence of a sharp tip scarring the crisp surface of lined paper. The room at a standstill, but the inner mind finding its way through the nonstop noise like two bitter enemies falling into a rapt admiration of each other’s nobility and beauty.

I had forgotten.

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The Tipping Point

I was a student when I first encountered Malcolm Gladwell through his book, The Tipping Point. Here, he highlighted how certain events, trends and happenings achieve exponential popularity while others fade and disappear.

The material was released in 2000, the year I graduated in high school. I read it five years after, nearing my college graduation back in 2005. Although his premise and central argument were crystal clear and easy to digest, some were a little mysterious to me. And to some, my faculties were resistant to analysis. But his other ‘Tipping Point’ examples were obviously familiar to me and this generation so it wasn’t too surprising to have found myself nodding to some ‘epidemics.’

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The First Star

When we were young children, we had our favorite tales and fables. If you’re a Filipino, you’re probably familiar with The Monkey and The Tortoise and The Cow and The Carabao.  My grandfather never got tired telling these stories to me and my sisters when we were little. They somehow managed to stick to me to this very day.

These stories are so familiar that even though I’ve grown up, their lessons stayed. I guess anybody who came from the Batibot/Sesame Street generation can truly relate. We hold on to stories that have moral values because in our formative years, we tested them. We experienced them, one way or another. We wondered with young minds and hearts how different these lessons would be if we are bigger, older and more experienced. We saw ourselves in those characters, even at a young age, because the values they impart are timeless. More so, these stories latched onto our young sensibilities because we desired (and continue to desire) what is good, just, noble, selfless and kind.

And we remember, simply because they impart truths about life.

Now that I am a mother, I share with my child the habit of delighting in stories before bedtime. I try my best to catch him awake so I could read to him any kind of children’s book. From the Holy Bible, to Sendak, Schulz, Disney, Kipling, Dahl and even locally printed stories from Hiyas – an imprint of OMF Literature Inc., publisher of Christian-themed books. The list is actually quite long, but we try to cover everything – from one genre to another.

A night ago, I read a new book to my son. This time, it’s from Lampara Books, also a local publisher (Lampara Publishing House, Inc.) which prints stories carefully crafted by budding and award-winning Filipino writers and illustrators.

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