Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast anthology by Rhonda Collins)

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Title: The Beauty and the Beast
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Editor(s): Rhonda Collins
Date(s): 1992-93
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Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
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Beauty and the Beast is an fourth season Vincent/Diana anthology by Rhonda Collins. The first three volumes are bound together. The second two volumes were published separately.

From the Author

In 1995, the author posted:
The BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TRILOGY... Approximately 200 pgs. of packed, small-type text in columns. Not a lot of art. This is a lot of reading-value for your money. Originally published separately, my first three books have been combined into this trilogy. Art is by myself and Jan Durr. These books were written BEFORE I ever heard of fandom or ever expected anyone else to read them. A NEW BEGINNING, THE TRIALS OF LIFE, and THE TRUTH OF LOVE. They're fun, fast-paced and rather unique in fandom, since this is the only series of novels that has Vincent and Diana getting married in the first book and continuing their married life for five (actually six...the ending novelette appears in PHOENIX 6) books! The first chapter appears in Father's Online Library... [1]

Issue 1-3

Beauty and the Beast Trilogy was published in 1992 and contains 200 pages.

The first three volumes of Rhonda Collins' first 4th season series--A New Beginning, The Trials of Life, and The Truth of Love-- bound together and re-edited. [2]
[A New Beginning] episodic, lively 4th season V/D romance posits that Diana has formed a one-way bond with Vincent-from him to her-setting up interesting ramifications...and frustrations. D also is concerned that her involvement with the ugliness and evil of the world Above makes her unfit for V's love. A growing V/D romance is interwoven through a number of cases in which D is involved. This book concludes with V/D's wedding and honeymoon, which has interesting revelations about the bond. Some drawings by author; some sex, none graphic. [3]
[A New Beginning]: Book 1 begins one year after Catherine's death. A powerful empath herself, Diana has formed a one-way connection with Vincent of which he is unaware. Their friendship and their continuing fight against Gabriel's still-active organization leads to romance and eventual marriage. [4]
[The Trials of Life]: D settle into married life, Below. Subplots involve Jacob's jealousy over not having V's affection exclusively to himself; romance between Devin and D's sister; D disposing, singlehanded, of a dangerous intruder into the tunnels... and the impact of that action on herself and V; D's pregnancy. More about V/D's bond. A rather loose, episodic narrative, but readable and interesting. Some non-graphic sex; some drawings by author. [5]
[The Trials of Life]: Book 2 continues the story begun in Book 1 with the difficulties Diana and Vincent encounter in adjusting to married life. The remnants of Gabriel's organization continue to cause them problems. Diana becomes pregnant and delivers a daughter. [6]
[The Truth of Love]: Elliot returns, becomes involved with the tunnel community. V/D's "happy life" is troubled by V's increasing restlessness, that prompts him to seek out danger in the world Above. Later, V/D have an unsettling experience after he disposes of a would-be rapist who attacks D in the tunnels. Interesting exploration of the role the Other plays in Vincent's life. Other incidents involve Jacob; V/D's empathic daughter, Cathy; D goes after a serial killer of prostitutes, aided by V's visionary insights, and saves the life of Lucy ("No Way Down"). The zine ends peacefully with V/D bidding goodbye to lost loved ones. Good reading throughout. [7]
[The Truth of Love]: Book 3 continues from Book 2. Vincents' control once more comes into question after a disturbing incident when he rescues Diana. Insights into his character and that of his daughter. [8]

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1-3

In A New Beginning, this episodic, lively 4th season V/D romance posits that Diana has formed a one-way bond with Vincent-from him to her-setting up interesting ramifications...and frustrations. D also is concerned that her involvement with the ugliness and evil of the world Above makes her unfit for V's love. A growing V/D romance is interwoven through a number of cases in which D is involved. This book concludes with V/D's wedding and honeymoon, which has interesting revelations about the bond. Some drawings by author; some sex, none graphic. Prequel to this series is Legacy of Love.

In The Trials of Life, an entertaining novel, V/D settle into married life, Below. Subplots involve Jacob's jealousy over not having V's affection exclusively to himself; romance between Devin and D's sister; D disposing, singlehanded, of a dangerous intruder into the tunnels... and the impact of that action on herself and V; D's pregnancy. More about V/D's bond. A rather loose, episodic narrative, but readable and interesting. Some non-graphic sex; some drawings by author.

In The Truth of Love, Elliot returns, becomes involved with the tunnel community. V/D's “happy life” is troubled by V's increasing restlessness, that prompts him to seek out danger in the world Above. Later, V/D have an unsettling experience after he disposes of a would-be rapist who attacks D in the tunnels. Interesting exploration of the role the Other plays in Vincent's life. Other incidents involve Jacob; V/D's empathic daughter, Cathy; D goes after a serial killer of prostitutes, aided by V's visionary insights, and saves the life of Lucy (“No Way Down”). The zine ends peacefully with V/D bidding goodbye to lost loved ones. Good reading throughout. Better drawings by author. [9]

Issue 4

Beauty and the Beast 4 (actually the second physical issue) It is subtitled, "The Legend of the Soul." It was published in June 1992 and contains 140 pages.

This begins with a short story about V and Devin as children. A novel then following, shows the increasing intrusion of the Other (Dark Vincent) in V/D's married bliss. Developments include Lena's return, Elliot's unwise attempt to comfort D, and an eye-opening V/D visit to a river deep underground. Afterward, D begins reading Father's journals and comes to some disquieting conjectures about V's past, involving Paracelsus, the Other, and V's twin sister." [10]
Book 4 continues from Book 3. Vincent's control still in question, and the problem becomes acute when Lena decides to come for a visit, putting a strain on their marriage. Later, although earlier problems were solved, their anniversary trip begins a nightmare of fevered dreams and half-remembered events. Diana and the Other establish a very close relationship. [11]

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

This strong, well-written novel, continuing from what's now become the opening trilogy, begins with a short story about V and Devin as children. The novel, then following, shows the increasing intrusion of the Other (Dark Vincent) in V/D's married bliss. Though agreeing with D he must have greater access to those feelings-and the intensity-the Other represents, V's still afraid both of losing control and of losing himself, permanently. Developments include Lena's return, Elliot's unwise attempt to comfort D, and an eye-opening V/D visit to a river deep underground, V's solitary retreat since childhood, where V's uneasy memories...and the Other...surface, to V/D's dismay. Afterward, D begins reading Father's journals and comes to some disquieting conjectures about V's past, involving Paracelsus, the Other, and V's twin sister. This storyline is continued in Vol. 5. Imaginative and interesting throughout, with coherent storytelling. One reviewer's favorite among this author's frighteningly prolific output. More decent drawings by author. [12]

Issue 5

Beauty and Beast 5 (actually the third physical issue) is subtitled, "The Silent Self." It was published in Augsut 1992 and contains 147 pages. Art by Jan Durr and the author.

V is extremely upset, and D is uneasy, because of her close relationship with the Other (Dark Vincent), described in the previous volume. D continues to examine Father's diaries. V/D endure the emotional rigors of her attempt to locate a woman who uncannily resembles Catherine. Diana insists on taking responsibilities for which she's suited within the tunnel community--including sentry duty. (As a footnote, this particular series ends with the novelette, "Journey's End", which appears in Nan Dibble's Phoenix 6. [13]
Book 5 continues from Book 4. The story begins with Diana and Vincent having a violent argument relating to the Other. Through Diana's study of Father's journals and Vincent's explorations below, a very strange and convoluted story relating to Vincent's past emerges. Vincent is forced to face his past -- and his present -- in a violent confrontation with another being like himself who threatens the tunnel community and his life. Once an uneasy peace has been restored, Vincent must then deal with his attitude towards Diana's psychological makeup and his own. [14]

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

What may be the finale to this 4th season series. V is extremely upset, and D is uneasy, because of her close relationship with “the Other” (Dark Vincent), described in the previous volume. D continues to examine Father's diaries, discovering unsettling details of Paracelsus' manipulations of youthful Vincent/the Other-events of which V remembers nothing. Only through cross-examining the Other-not an easy task-does D learn the full truth about V's past and the origin of a similar being, Modred, who violently invades the tunnels and whom V has, ultimately, to face. In a well-developed subplot, V/D endure the emotional rigors of her attempt to locate a woman who uncannily resembles Catherine-abducted...and pregnant. In another, Diana insists on taking responsibilities for which she's suited within the tunnel community-including sentry duty. In a third, V/D discover their children have, not an imaginary playmate, but a very real (though unseen) protector. The story ends in a comforting communal Winterfest. Generally good, vivid art by the author and Jan Durr. The series continues with a prequel, Legacy of Love, which is followed by The Mirror of Our Dreams and then Shadow Dancers. [15]

References

  1. from Songs of the Bluebird, this link also includes excerpts
  2. from the Qfer
  3. from the publisher about "A New Beginning"
  4. from a flyer about "A New Beginning"
  5. from the publisher about "The Trials of Life"
  6. from a flyer about "The Trials of Life"
  7. from the publisher about "A New Beginning"
  8. from a flyer about "The Truth of Love"
  9. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997
  10. from the Qfer
  11. from a flyer
  12. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997
  13. from the Qfer
  14. from a flyer
  15. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997
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