I love the movie Howl’s Moving Castle by the Japanese animation master, Hayao Miyazaki. Jean Simmons, Christian Bale (Batman!), Blythe Danner, and Lauren Bacall lend their voice talents to this magical story of a young woman, Sophie, cursed to be an old woman and the wizard she falls in love with. Will he ever see her as anything other than a ‘mother’ figure? Can she find a way to lift her curse? Can she find a way to save Howl from himself?
Love, love, love it… AND then… I started listening to Howl’s Moving Castle book on disc by Diana Wynne Jones and HOLY COW!! The story is really different – and yet, I love it just as much as the movie but for different reasons. The book is so full of Sophie’s voice – spirited and stubborn and strangely delicate. She is a wonderful heroine and I love the way she is conveyed along with the other characters by the narrator Jenny Sterlin.
I think it is so much fun to compare books and the movies that are made from them – sometimes they are pretty close, but other times they can be really different. If you like comparing movies to books too, drop into the Arvada Library for our Read It / See It series. We will be watching some really great movies and deciding if we liked the book better or the movie? Our first movie, January 19, will be based on the book Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.