Author- Diana Wynne Jones, Hayao Miyzaki.
Publish date- 2005.
Publisher- Studio Ghibli Library.
When I read the Howls Moving Castle graphic novels this time, specifically to review, it was my third read of them and also the first time I'd read all four consecutively and not over a week or two, when the library got them in, and it honestly made for a very different reading experience, going directly from one to the next with little time between- I felt so focused on the story and, while on other occasions I have been more apt to linger and examine everything at a slower pace, I still picked up on so many thins, and that is almost certainly my favourite thing about these graphic novels.
Taken directly from the fi;m in a frame by frame style, these gloriously full colour images give you so much more time to take in everything that you don't notice when watching the fi;m, not to mention they give you a unique reading experience of their own- as I read, I found my favourite pieces from the soundtrack slotting themselves in and playing out alongside their allocated scene, and apparently I've watched the film enough times to notice the slight difference in what could be the original script narrated here and the sections where the actors/other people working on the dub have changed a line- one of my favourite lines from Cal, something to do with burning bacon, wasn't there!
Another thing I truly loved was how you could follow Sophie's ageing, and there were a few moments when she became momentarily younger that I hadn't noticed in the film.
Out of the novels, the third would have to be my favourite, as it includes the iconic "moving" scene and the delight that follows it, but truly these all are exquisite and I would recommend them very, very highly.
Rating- Big Explosion MIND BLOWN!
No seen the film or read the book?
Not sure who Cal is, why Sophie has ageing issues, what the delights are when it comes to the "iconic moving scene"? Haven't...
Haven't met Howl, possibly my favourite male character in all of fiction and film?
Well, if I'm not too bold, you should. Ought. Really, it's fantastic.