"There’s a creepiness in the original fairytale that I don’t think McKinley sees, or certainly doesn’t acknowledge. The Beast is a monster, and the means by which he blackmails Beauty to go to his castle is quite horrible. She’s a prisoner, and she has agree to marry him. He’s much older—hundreds of years older in these versions—and she’s very young."
Article: "Arthur Chu nerdsplains entitlement: Stop trying to “win” girls" Yeah, the title is cringeworthy ("nerdsplain"? Really?) but Arthur makes some great points, and it's always nice to see male allies getting things right.
Rat king in the scientific museum Mauritianum Altenburg, Germany: Rat kings are phenomena said to arise when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails, which become stuck together with blood, dirt, ice, excrement or simply knotted. The animals reputedly grow together while joined at the tails. The numbers of rats that are joined together can vary, but naturally rat kings formed from a larger number of rats are rarer.