The title of this book may sound familiar to many of you. Written by Diana Wynne Jones, this fantastic book was adapted into a movie b...
The title of this book may sound familiar to many of you. Written by Diana Wynne Jones, this fantastic book was adapted into a movie by Miyazaki.
Sadly, most people don't realise that it was originally a book. And oh what a book it is. Though the movie is also wonderful, the book has a magic all of its own. It's incredible, and for me it quickly became one of my all-time favourites.
The book follows a young hat maker named Sophie. Being the eldest of three sisters, Sophie is doomed to never find success. As her sisters head off to find their own fortunes, Sophie remains with the shop, resigning herself to her fate. However, after being suddenly cursed by the Witch of the Waste, she leaves home and sets off on an adventure.
At first shy and nervous, Sophie comes out of her shell and becomes a spit-fire with a temper not even the Wizard Howl can deal with. Howl is too busy wooing women to really bother with her anyways, and young Michael learns to enjoy the company while his master is away, even if Sophie is a lean mean cleaning machine that drives them crazy sometimes. Calcifer the demon doesn't really seem to mind her all that much either.
Together they make an odd bunch, and when you bring in all the other characters that come and go from the story, you get an even odder group and an incredibly intricate plot with twists you'll never see coming. There are many things to adore about this book. Be it the characters, the plot, the whimsical light writing style, there's nothing not to love about it.
Whether you saw the movie or not, you'll find yourself quickly engrossed in this fantastical story.
Peace, love, and creampuffs~