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Belle (Beauty and the Beast) versus Bella (Twilight)

 

Belle:
Mother is dead.

Bella:
Mother is a ditz.

Belle:
Moved with father to small, provincial town.

Bella:
Moved in with father in small provincial town.

Belle:
Doesn’t fit in because she reads.

Bella:
Doesn’t fit in because she’s self-absorbed and a klutz.

Belle:
Immediately catches the eye of a good looking man who wants her only for her looks.

Bella: 
Immediately catches the nostrils of a good looking man who wants her only for her blood.

Belle:
When approached by the sexist, stalker-esque Adonis, throws him out on his butt.

Bella:
When approached by the sexist, stalker-esque Adonis, throws herself at his feet.

Belle:
Meets a Beast who turns out to be a handsome young man.

Bella:
Meets a handsome young man who turns out to be a beast.

Belle:
When verbally abused, leaves. When the Beast essentially apologizes by nearly getting killed saving her life, she saves his life in repayment, but lays down clear rules of behavior.

Bella:
When physically abused, cries, and forgives, because he didn’t mean it.

Belle:
In adversity, despairs for about ten minutes then makes the best of things.

Bella:
In adversity, wallows in angst for an entire book.

Belle:
makes friends with people around her, creating a community that helps each other.

Bella:
gets close to people only when using them.

Belle:
sacrifices herself to save a parent (her father) openly and without deceit

Bella:
sacrifices herself to save a parent (her mother) unnecessarily, lying to everyone around herself.

Belle:
rescues herself, her father, her horse, and the Beast (twice)

Bella:
gets rescued by Edward. Often.


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