Title: Howl’s Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Genre: Young Adult, Children’s, Romance, Adventure, Fantasy, Classics
Series: Howl’s Moving Castle #1
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 22nd 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1986)
Source: Own in Paperback
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably 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.
Sophie started as someone simple that liked living in her comfort zone. She accepted that since she was the eldest of three, nothing out there would be great, other than to fail. But once she becomes an old woman, that goes changing little by little as she boards into Howl’s castle. These are Sophie’s GIF in general:
Calcifer was one heck of a character. Funny, suspicious, caring, bad-tempered from time to time, he’s amazing. Apart from Howl, he’s my favorite :3 I even liked him more than on the movie.
Howl was the best. Because he’s this weird dude who’s so temperamental. And he’s so interested in getting with these girls he finds. He’s worse than a girl going out on a date, having to use potions, spells, and so on to beautify himself. But we see as he evolves as a characters (a bit), his intentions and his way of being. While he’s still like a five-year-old, running away from things, we understand why and even start to like it. He’s a great character. Enough said.
As for the rest of the characters, they were good too. While in the book we have more characters than in the movie, we get to know them more. Plus, they’re cool and participate well in the story, not just being cardboard characters.
If you saw the movie, have in mind NOTHING of it. At least, 90% of it. It’s so much better. It has so many plot twists you’ll be mind-blown.
I found the setting to be quite original and unique. It’s this place called Ingary, which makes me think of Hungary even if they’re unrelated in all ways possible I suppose. I imagined it being a place in what here would have been the 1800 or so, like in the movie. Also, in a part of the story Sophie, Howl, and Michael travel to an unknown land from where Howl is (I’m not gonna spoil), where things from our time exist.
Book in General:
And now something cute :3
Its a good book that makes us know that we are the writers of our lives. That not because of what others say, think or believe, does it mean it has to be that way or that we have to be the same (in some cases). It’s an entertaining and compelling story to read to kids and of us older people that are still a child in our hearts.
Rating: 5 stars.
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