30 Day Book #21 – Favorite Book Turned Movie

This one is a difficult question for a very simple reason.  Like many people, I think that the book is almost always infinitely better than the movie, no matter how good the movie is (there are a few exceptions however).  So talking about my favorite book turned into a movie is a really hard question.  Once again, I liked this question and I picked it because I very quickly thought of a great answer for it: Howl’s Moving Castle.

The book was written by Diana Wynne Jones, and the movie is an anime directed by Hayao Miyazaki.  The reason that I ended up picking this is because unlike many times when a book is turned into a movie, with this example I absolutely loved both the book and the movie.

The stories of each start out the same, with Sophie working in a hat shop.  Sophie has worked in her family’s hat shop for years, and is quite content there and sees no reason to go out into the world.  While she visits her sisters, you start to hear some rumors about the evil magician Howl and the Witch of the Waste.  There is very little told about them early on, but shortly into the story the Witch of the Waste comes into the hat shop and puts a curse on Sophie making her physically an older woman.

Both the book and the novel deal with stopping an oncoming war between two countries and Howl and Sophie end up in the middle of it in each case.  They were different enough to tell two very distinct stories, but they were both very good and I really liked each one (I’ve watched the movie quite a few times, and I read the book in a single day) and I highly suggest them both to anyone who enjoys a good story in any form that it can take.

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  1. Wow, Howl’s Moving Castle is one of our family’s favourite movies to watch together and I didn’t even know it was a book first. We’ll have to start reading it together too, thanks for this!

    • There are 3 books set in the same world, Howl’s Moving Castle is by far the best of the three, but the other two are also interesting to read. Castle in the Air is the second book and House of Many Ways is the third.


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