Pairing Books and Disney Movies: the true fairytale match

by | 4 October 2019 | Books | 12 comments

Who loves books? *raises hand* Who loves Disney movies? *raises other hand*

Who keeps coming up with ridiculously random ideas for the sake of post content? *sheepishly raises hand again*


Aaaanyway, let me explain this idea. I love Disney and books, so why not match a Disney movie with a book that has similar vibes/aesthetics/characters/general themes?? There’s no downside here! Also, I can’t think of any other ideas, and this one seems like it might be fun, so I’m giving it a shot. 😆

This was actually partially inspired by @jessethereader so go check out his booktube because it’s amazing.

I’d also like to start this with a disclaimer: I might mention a movie here which is actually not owned by Disney and I apologise in advance for that. 😂



Tangled + Orphan’s Song (Gillian Bronte Adams)

Rapunzel’s hair, Birdie’s voice. They’re both secret powers which have been hidden in one way or another for most of their lives, but as soon as they’re revealed, everyone wants to use them.

Flynn Rider and Ky Huntyr are both street-wise thieves who are actually just so soft and not as tough as they both think they are.

I also feel like Maximus (the horse) and Gundhrold (the griffin) would get along really well. Except they’re too similar, so maybe they’d just hate each other to no end. 🤔



Beauty and the Beast + The Boy Who Steals Houses (C.G. Drews)

This one might seem a bit odd, but I have a good reason behind it, I promise! The Boy Who Steals Houses is actually a genderbent goldilocks retelling, but I think there’s some similarities to Beauty and the Beast as well and I’ll explain.

Sam is both Belle and the Beast. Some aspects of his dark secret and his past make him fit with the Beast really well. I think a little part inside of him believes he’s a monster.

But he’s also Belle because he’s ‘trapped’ in the De Lainey’s house, making friends with the whole family (and Moxie in particular). And he cares so so much for his brother (Belle’s father, as such) and will do absolutely anything to protect him.

I can’t really go into much more detail because spoilers, but this pairing?? It’s legit, I’m not just making stuff up, I promise. 😂



Cinderella + Unblemished (Sara Ella)

I almost put Unblemished with Tangled because Sara Ella loves Tangled and there’s definitely some similarities, but I think one of the main themes I personally got out of this trilogy is really similar to one in the 2015 Cinderella remake.

Having the courage to be seen as you are, blemishes and all.

And the most powerful form of magic: love. 💕



Megamind + Blank Mastermind (Rosey Mucklestone)

Both of these are from the villain’s POV, so it’s an obvious match! The more I think about this, the more I love this pairing actually. Wolfgang Dankworth has a hilarious tone throughout this whole book, even though there are definitely dark patches, a lot of it matches up with the quirkiness of Megamind.

I don’t want to spoil the book or movie too much, so I’ll just leave you with a little hint. Both Megamind and Wolfgang are supervillains and all they want in life is to fight the superheroes. Or…is it?



Big Hero Six + Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World (Bryan Davis)

Continuing with the superhero theme here…

Hiro Hamada and Eddie Hertz are both young genius inventors. They both stumble onto the wrong side of the supervillain’s books, and are forced to become superheroes! Both stories have mysterious villains, dangerous escapes, and a core family spirit. It’s a match made perfect. I also love both stories so there we go. 😛



I have to take a moment because, though I tried long and hard, I couldn’t match anything with Aladdin. In fact, I almost didn’t match anything with Tangled either. Is it just because these are my favourite movies?? Are there just no books similar to them? I have no idea. Maybe I just haven’t read enough Aladdin-esque stories yet!


Well, I hope you guys enjoyed that as much as I did! Tell me in the comments if you agree with my pairings! What other movies and books would you pair up?

(NOTE: I’m away next week so I’ll be skipping the post on Friday! Have a great week, folks!)

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Evelyn Kelly

    How do you think of the most interesting things to post about??
    Megamind and Blank Mastermind. That is sooo perfect. Wow, that is amazing. And now I want to go read that book again and then go watch the movie. XD
    Enjoy your week off!

    • Jane Maree

      I just shamelessly borrow ideas from other people. 😂 I’ve actually found that booktube is a great place for inspiration. I always try to credit whoever I steal it from though!

      I know right?? The more I think about it, the more I love the similarities. Do it, do it! Rereading is your best friend! 😆

      Thank you!

  2. Mem

    DUDE MEGAMIND AND BM ARE A PERFECT MATCH OMW. :-O <33 Ahhhh, I have yet to read the Boy that Steals Houses-it looks so gooooood. This was a super great post idea! 😀 Have fun on your trip!!! <33

    • Jane Maree


      You totally should! I love the aesthetic. Read it and imagine me living a few houses down from the De Laineys, because the Aussie vibes are so reeeaaal and I want to reread it now. 😂

      Thank you, thank you! ❤

  3. CG @ Paper Fury

    Eeee okay well I deeply love this post 😍 and I totally see how Sam would be the Beauty/Beast there, with all his inner monstrous angst. (Wow that kid needs to chill out. :’) Also this reminds me how long it’s been since I watched a Disney movie and I have NEED.

    • Jane Maree

      Ayy, author approval. I’m proud. 😏

      You need some more Disney in your life! Go forth and watch some good old classics, Cait. You know you want to. (Highly recommend the new Aladdin if you haven’t seen it already!)

  4. Amelie

    This post was so fun!! YES, I can TOTALLY see the Tangled/Orphan’s Song connections now!!! I’m halfway through Song of Leira, and The Songkeepere Chronicles are for sure some of my absolute favorite books! 🙂

    Aladdin is SO GOOD. I just watched the live-action adaption, and it is amazing. Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin are for sure my top favorite Disney movies ever.

    I have Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World and Unblemished on my TBR. So excited to get to them!

    • Jane Maree

      Ooh, yes! I adore that series!! Who’s your favourite character?

      I have so so much love for the new Aladdin movie. I can’t get enough of it. Sooo gorgeous and amazingly done.

      Eeep, yay! I hope you enjoy!!

  5. Jessi Rae

    Cool post! I love the idea of pairing a movie with a book, but I can’t let myself think about any or else my mind will be like: “Hey! I should brainstorm a mashup/retelling of this pairing!” I have enough stories already on my TBW (to be written) list. XD

    For the Aladdin, though, I thought maybe Aladdin and Les Miserables? Just because somewhere I’ve read they have similar premises about a thief stealing bread and ending up with a changed life. And I guess Cosette would fit as the princess who helps change his life.

    • Jane Maree

      DO IT. DO IT. 😂 So true though, I’m the saaame!

      I…cannot endorse this pairing unfortunately, as Les Mis isn’t my favourite, and could never hold a candle to Aladdin in my mind. 🙈 But they are similar, for sure.

  6. ProfessorSJB

    Unfortunately, I don’t know most of the books (I recognize the movies), but they all sound really interesting! Now I really want to read Blank Mastermind.

    • Jane Maree

      They’re all amazing books! I definitely recommend!!

      Blank Mastermind is really such a unique story, and I love it.

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