I got an error the first time I submitted this, so will try once more. My apologies if this is a double of my previous comment:
Charles Perrault did not write Beauty and the Beast. It’s a common misconception since it is a French tale, and Perrault’s Mother Goose stories collection did produce some classics including Sleeping Beauty, but of course a different Beauty than the one with the beast. The original novel length version was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, but was a bit long and convoluted, and with additional subplots. The better known version was published later by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, and was made more appropriate for children. Wikipedia has a full article on Beauty and the Beast. Also, a fantastic book on the subject of Beauty and the Beast, with numerous versions including two translations of the Villeneuve french text into English is a book by Heidi Anne Heiner, called Beauty and the Beast Tales From Around the World, containing over 180 animal bridegroom tales dating back to Cupid and Psyche. When falsely attributed to Perrault, the text ends up usually being the Beaumont version, or in some cases, the Andrew Lang version from the Blue Fairy Book, which used the Villeneuve text as a starting point, then went in its own wonderful direction, ending up at the happy ending we all know, and incorporated ideas from both classic versions, while still keeping it readable for and by children. Having said all this, thanks to your wonderful team as always for keeping so many children, and the young at heart, entertained for all these years. With the movie coming out this week, Beauty and the Beast is now in the public eye once again, and that is always a good thing.