There is something very romantic and intriguing about the idea of a beautiful woman being drawn to someone whose is aesthetically flawed. Maybe it’s because these Beauty and the Beast stories represents a purer love; one that can transcend superficiality and our natural instinct to gravitate toward beautiful, fresh, healthy looking specimens. These stories speak of true love, something all of humanity longs for but which eludes all but a privileged few. While some of these books feature a heroine who gives her entire heart to her scared hero, others are more reluctant to enter into a romance with these less than dashing suitors, such as in Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Note Dame. Still, the heroine comes out of the experience, changed. She inevitably grows and acquires the ability to see past the surface and into the soul of her “beast”; perhaps altering her view of love forever.