Beauty and the Beast, A Novelization by Elizabeth Rudnick is the version of the story that the 2017 movie is based on. As of this post, I have not seen the movie yet, but the DVD is due out in about two weeks, and I will certainly purchase a copy of it. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites stories, and it is fun to read various versions of it.
As an avid reader myself, I love that Belle loves reading as much as I do. The author shares in the beginning of the book her love for reading, and how important it was to her that Belle also display a deep love of reading and learning. Reading is a great escape into worlds yet to be discovered. A great fairy tale should include the fact that women are smart and not only interested in marrying.
This version of Beauty and the Beast is engaging and an easy read. It can be enjoyed by women of all ages, and I highly recommend it, especially to people who are big fans of not only the different incarnations of the story, but also the movies.