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07 January 2006 @ 22:21
I just finished Howl's Moving Castle which, while I couldn't find it in Britain, I found easily in the foreign books section in Narita. It's incredible! Much love to everyone who recced it after I saw the film! It easily makes my top five novels now!

I couldn't help being amused by some of the differences from the film though (and, woah, there are MANY!). Namely, Howl. In the film, Howl is a tragic bishounen who fights bravely from the start. In the book, he's a Welsh drama queen who owns a guitar because it looks good and spends two hours in the bathroom every day. Actually, I find both versions of Howl adorable, but it's quite a change! Also, the whole plot makes complete sense and sheds a bit of light on the film's plot, even though the plots don't really match up.

And... I've run out of time it. Eep. Must dash!
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on 7th January 2006 12:12 (UTC)
Now you've made me curious. I have to find a copy of this movie^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th January 2006 04:42 (UTC)
I think you'll be very interested to see the differences! It seems quite different from the start!
ex_semishade366 on 7th January 2006 12:54 (UTC)
Is now picturing Rhys Ifan playing Hywel (Howl) with a Swansea accent...
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th January 2006 04:43 (UTC)
It does work, actually! You should really give the book a go - it's love!
Kat Mastersevil_kat on 7th January 2006 15:18 (UTC)
I thought there were some seriously creepy parts in the book--like the mismatched people. I mean, dang! D: I could see why they couldn't bring all of it over to the movie.
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th January 2006 04:45 (UTC)
Yeah, actually the mismatched people qould work really well and it's not like you can say it's too complicated since the omission of certain details made it a little difficult to follow to begin with.
lux: Howl's Moving Castle - Calciferluxetumbra on 8th January 2006 00:25 (UTC)
Don't forget Movie!Howl's nice ass. XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th January 2006 04:45 (UTC)
That too! :)
Inma: Lovelesslovelessinma on 9th January 2006 06:28 (UTC)
Is it so different?
Well, I think Howl in the movie is also some kind of drama queen who spends hours in the bathroom (^^U

But I'm curious about the way the book will make me understand the film better, could you (if it doesn't bother you) share the knowledge with me? (TwT;;
I watched the film and I loved it, but many things didn't get clear to me ;;;
(like why did Howl and Calcifer make any kind of pact? ;;; )
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th January 2006 04:48 (UTC)
A little! But you'd have to read the book to realise the extent to which book!Howl's drama queenery extends. It's far beyond that of the film's!

Calcifer was actually a falling star and Howl felt sorry for him because falling stars die when they hit the ground. So, Howl saved him and gave him his heart. So Howl was heartless...
Inma: Lovelesslovelessinma on 10th January 2006 19:36 (UTC)
Oooh, thank you very much!
Now I understand the story about Calcifer much better (^^)