But what they failed to take into count, and I don't fault them for it as it wasn't the purpose of the article, is that the Beast let. Belle. Go. In the end, the Beast did fall in love with Belle and didn't want to keep her against her will anymore. Furthermore, the Beast at no point physcially harmed Belle. I'm not saying the emotional abuse wasn't bad, but she was never harmed by the Beast's hand.
All in all, I'd say it was still a good love story.