I'm about halfway through it at the moment but so far it has not disappointed me! I was introduced to this series by the movie (as I've noticed most of the readers are) and I love that each one is unique. While the movie has taken quite a few artistic liberities and changed the story a bit; I can still see the inspiration from this book.
Sophie is far more enjoyable and relatable in the book, Michaels character is completely different, Calcifer is still a witty sass, and Howl is definitely more of a mystery and I seriously love that. Despite the movie setting some of these characters images in my mind I can still separate them and that's the sign of a good author.
One of the only downsides to seeing the movie first is that every time the characters speak I hear in the actors voice instead of the characters. Can't wait to get back into it!
I just finished it and holy cow I do love this book!! I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!!! I won't spoil it but I absolutely love the ending!!! Very excited to read more 😁😁
I decided to read this after rewatching the Ghibli movie billions of times. And it's worth it and explained so many things that the movie couldn't. Actually, it's kinda surprised me when i finally learned about Howl's personality because the movie isn't revealing everything. I came from "Howl is a kind of prince-like i would love to marry" into "let's just be friend with Howl lol" . It's not like i was disappointed, but more like surprised? I've been having this "howl is a gentleman and sweet kind of wizard" for many years! I should have read the book sooner. Anyway, i love this so much! I love all the characters, ofc especially Shopie and Howl ♥️ the way of making the female lead as grandmother is always so unique and up until now i haven't read a single book that challenged themselves with this kind of thing. Thank you for creating such an amazing story!
I loved it. I found out about it after the movie but I'm not sure which version I liked more. They both have their own very charm and I love the characters in both stories