Beauty & the Beast: Archetypes in Books

Hello! It’s Madelyn!

So another late night post but we’ll be fine, right?

Beauty & the Beast came out on March 17th, so I don’t know why I’m just doing this now but hey, better than never. The hype is still there right?

This isn’t exactly going to be about Beauty & the Beast. It’s going to be that archetype found in books.

I would characterize the “Beauty” archetype as a character that is more mild mannered, friendly, or not as feared as the other character. They would seem to be more liked by others in the books, Someone who could speak for themselves or doesn’t mind being who they are. They can be the one who is the outcast like in the story, Beauty & the Beast, but they are the one admired more than the beast.

“Beast” would be someone who is feared. Maybe some anger issues or some inner struggle? They can be characters that seem less humane than the “Beauty”. Or characters that just aren’t that admired by others. They can be characters that are hard to understand.

1. Cleo and Magnus from Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Cleo is the Beauty in this relationship and Magnus is the Beast. The other characters often comment on how beautiful Cleo is and she’s more liked than Magnus. Magnus is pretty fearsome and is pretty violent. And has so many enemies, I didn’t think it was possible.

2. Elend and Vin from Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

Elend is the beauty. Vin is the beast. Elend loves reading. So much that he’ll avoid people at the big noble parties and read in a little alcove. He is one of the few who advocates for social reform in his society and is more mild mannered than Vin. Vin is pretty beastly and badass. She becomes this killer/fighter and just makes us proud as she goes out there to destroy.

3. Shahrzad and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Shazi is the beauty and Khalid the Beast. Khalid is feared by all for his reputation for putting each of his brides to death. Shahrzad is a hot-headed beauty but she’s not feared (I think Khalid is kind of scared of her when she gets mad, though.). Shazi is this great storyteller which is what keeps her alive. But she’s pretty awesome with her archery skills and how fearless she is.

4. Inej and Kaz from Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Inej is beauty and Kaz is the beast. They’re both pretty badass. But I think people like Inej a little more even though she is feisty and awesome with knives and all other parts of her awesome skill set. Kaz is literally called demjin by Matthias which means “demon” for his scary and insanely perfect thieving skill set. He’s a more mild beast but still kind of scary.

5. America and Maxon from The Selection series by Kiera Cass

Maxon is the beauty and America is the beast. America isn’t well-liked compared to Maxon, I believe. She was definitely more hot-headed and struggled a lot more with herself. But it was from her point of view so of course we saw that. Maxon is friendly too and got along with pretty much everyone.

6. Juliet and Warner from Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Ok. I wanted to add this one but I’m not sure now that I’m typing it out, haha. They’re beast and beast. Both are sorta angry and feared. But I think Juliet has less enemies and more friends than Warner. And Warner often tells her how beautiful she is so I guess that adds to the extra component of what the “Beauty” archetype is to me, haha. They both have some type of inner struggle too.


So these are my couples who give off that sort of Beauty & the Beast vibe. Do you agree/disagree with any of mine? How about any pairings who are your Beauty & the Beast? Was this post a mess? Yeesss.


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