Title: Howl’s Moving Castle (Book 1 of Howl’s Castle)
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: Greenwillow – HarperCollins
Release Date: April 1986
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Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserabley should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl – and herself – than first meets the eye.
I love this book. I absolutely loved the movie, which I found when I was twelve or so. I read the book, too, but just reread it and fell in love all over again. There a lot of major differences between the two, and usually I’d have an issue with one or the other, but honestly this is one story that I love both versions. The visual in the movie was great, and even the adaptations were entertaining and instead of tweaking the characters, they seemed like completely new people that the author would approve of (and the author did approve, according to an interview in the back of the edition of the book that I read). All the animations and the voice actors gave the movie so much life.
And the book? The book was full of humor, slightly different characterizations that drastically altered the people, the plot, and the entire tone of the book. I loved the jokes, the sarcasm, the drama, the plot, the characters, and the especially the ending!! Action, drama, romance, mystery, mood swings, secrets and bargains, witches, wizards, and tons of magic of all types added up to create a unique book that I adored. I can’t wait to read the next book, House of Many Ways, and the other book that is associated with the novel, Castle in the Air.
Until next time!! (Which I don’t know when that will be, even though midterms are finally over!)