‘Books, not boys’: Director Bill Condon on updating ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and the whole princess/prisoner deal – Los Angeles Times

One of the most cherished musical numbers in a Disney movie centers on a young woman ostracized from her community because she likes to read.

Look there she goes, that girl is strange no question. Dazed and distracted, can’t you tell?”

This is how we meet one of Disney’s most progressive princesses: Belle, the girl who dared to read. She’s the nonconformist, the outsider, the nerd.

“Never part of any crowd. ’Cause her head’s up on some cloud. No denying she’s a funny girl, that Belle!”

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