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So I finally finished As Old as Time, a Disney-published retelling of Beauty and the Beast that @paigetheprncss gave me last Christmas (thank you, Paige!!).
(It took a bit to read because a) it was kind of slow to get going for me, and b) my copy is really thickly bound and it was a bit hard to hold comfortably.

All of that is fine, I still enjoyed it, and it's okay to take time reading things. ^_^)
And obviously, since it's a BatB story, I was interested in disfigurement readings, and also Kivan @KivaBay did a thread on virtuous transformation a couple of days ago.
Which we're all going to spend some time refamiliarising ourselves with before I carry on!
Oh, let's add a #DisfiguredChat hashtag.
Kivan talks about the 'triumph of [character's] will' in transforming themselves from the mundane to the exceptional. #DisfiguredChat
His thread uses Captain America: First Avenger for examples,

and obviously Steve Rogers' transformation into muscly Captain America exhibits a triumph of 'goodness' (appearance as character fig. 1). #DisfiguredChat
But in reading and finishing As Old as Time, this tweet sticks out to immediately, appearance as character fig. 2:
Rest of this thread will contain SPOILERS for As Old as Time.
AOaT doesn't victim-blame the Beast for his condition/disfigurement as much as other adaptations,

because he is cursed by [Belle's mother] as punishment for the bigoted sins of his parents, who oppressed magical folk. #DisfiguredChat
Still disfigurement-as-punishment, but depicted as somewhat bad faith on the Enchantress' part,

and his beastliness is also more animalistic in portrayal and less 'hideous, ugly monster'. #DisfiguredChat
(As an aside, there is definitely an analytical conversation to be had about reparations and generational responsibility as discussed - and not - in AOaT, but not here)
So it's kind of pleasantly different for the Beast to feel a little less Disfigured (and deserving of it as a punishment) in this book. #DisfiguredChat
And yet.

And yet, we return to this tweet from Kivan, because it can be directly applied to the true villain of AOaT. #DisfiguredChat
Because why not still include some villainous physical transformation in a BatB story?
At the climax, the true villain, the owner of the asylum*, is revealed to be a long lost friend of Maurice and Belle's mother Rosalind, who was once magical himself. #DisfiguredChat

*loads of institutional violence near the end of this book, AVOID if triggering
[sanist violence]

Our villain, deeply ashamed of his abilities and his association with other magical marginalised folk, lobotomised himself of the 'charmante node' which gave him his powers. #DisfiguredChat
A character already described as scary to behold in daylight and dark,

during his villain speech, he pulls back a wig to reveal a skull 'as if bone itself had been broken and removed like a jigsaw puzzle'. #DisfiguredChat
The whole town and all characters besides the enchanted objects being there, everyone reacts with disgust. Obviously. #DisfiguredChat
Appearance = character.

Virtuous transformation and immoral transformation.

Disfigurement as a punishment against the self for being a freak, and as narrative punishment for being a villain.

#DisfiguredChat
The asylum owner visits upon his own self Westley's 'to pain' threats from Princess Bride (),

and has mutilated himself for the pursuit of purity just as Red Skull does in First Avenger. #DisfiguredChat
I don't really have any responses to my recounting of these narratives,

except to hope that this thread, @KivaBay's, and others like ours help you recognise patterns in how Disfigurement, Fatness, & other divergent appearances are represented and controlled. #DisfiguredChat
Got a little more to say about the end of the AOaT story and what happens to Belle and the Beast, but taking a brief break here.
Going to finish this thread tomorrow, but for now, if you've enjoyed it and feel like showing appreciation financially, I have a tip jar (ignore the deadname): paypal.me/girlsmiley22
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