I was doing some research and found out the original tale of Beauty and The Beast was written by a woman.
Madame Gabrielle–Suzanne de Villeneuve wrote the story in 1740 as a criticism of the way woman were treated when it came to marriage (young teen girls given to older men, unable to choose their mates, being sent to convents or mental institutions if their husbands became bored with them, no right to divorce or property - all that romantic, traditional marriage stuff). Her story included more expansive backgrounds of both Belle and the Beast. Also the Beast was no gentle soul beneath fur, he had become the beast and had to find his way back to humanity to win her.
Sixteen years later the story was shortened and edited later by another female writer, Mme Leprince de Beaumont, in order to fit into a magazine for well bred young ladies. De Beaumont changed it from the Beast’s transformation back to his humanity into Belle’s need to look beyond outer appearances, the story we are familiar with today.
image: "Beauty and the Beast" by Adrienne Ségur