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I'm a bit torn about what to write, because I don't want to be spoilypants even minorly if I know, say, motivations and plot details and such, but at the same time it feels silly to just... not write anything a'tall. Oh well, I'll do my best!

I wonder if there's supposed to be something magical about going counter-clockwise (or anti-clockwise if you prefer)instead of clockwise. Anyhow, poor Sophie. Such a struggle just to get a warm fire to sleep by, uncomfortably I might add!

Maybe Sophie shouldn't think that they'd "have to use extreme and violent magic to" get her out of the chair, when she's in the castle of a wizard with an evil reputation?

I have the difficulty with Michael sometimes of figuring out if he's just really placid by nature, gotten really jaded as far as "weirdness" goes by being around Howl and Calcifer, or if he's just not too bright. Or all the the above.

I feel like I should say something more about Calcifer as he's introduced here, since he's just a cool character in general (well, not cool literally obviously), but... I can't think of much at this point. At least he's honest enough to admit he's not being completely honest?

Nice motivation for making a deal with a demon... because you feel kinship with it because of being exploited! Then again, I suppose she doesn't have any really good options at this point...

And it turns out Sophie WAS in shock the day before, about the whole "oh, I'm not angry and will just take this calmly" thing. (I wasn't completely being coy, I thought I remembered SOMETHING of the sort, but I wasn't sure. I couldn't remember if it was something that had been stated, or something I'd come up with in my own head to explain it.)

I'll admit, I'm also curious as to whether there's a "D" missing or not in "Drying Power." Could go either way, given the circumstances...

Sophie DOES seem to be rather bullying, doesn't she?

Two thousand pairs of seven-league boots? Well, at least Howl's obviously not always lazy and avoiding people. :p As a side note, for some reason I've always really liked the door, where different colors make the door open to different locations.

Anyhow, I guess I found some stuff to say about the section, after all!


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donaithnen
Apr. 12th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
Every time the book describes Calcifer i get some kind of cognitive dissonance going on as my brain tries to shoehorn that description into how he looked in the movie =P

I think even though Sophie was in shock about being pissed at the witch of the waste, the part about her feeling/acting old is more intrinsic than that.

Oh, and i think Michael is just jaded, maybe with a little placid thrown in.
donaithnen
Apr. 22nd, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
That looks a lot like the movie Calcifer, but not what the book was describing.

"But she was sidetracked a little by imagining a face in the flames. 'It would be a thin blue face,' she murmured, 'very long and thin, with a thin blue nose. But those curly green flames on top are most definitely your hair. [...] And those purple flames near the bottom make the mouth - you have savage teeth, my friend. You have two green tufts of flame for eyebrows....' Curiously enough, the only orange flames in the fire were under the green eyebrow flames, just like eyes, and they each had a purple glint in the middle that Sophie could almost imagine was looking at her, like the pupil of an eye."
coraa
May. 15th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
This is extremely belated because I just discovered these readthroughs, but the cover of the first version of Howl's Moving Castle I ever read actually fit the description fairly well. Like so: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Howl%27s_Moving_Castle_%28Book_Cover%29.jpg

...and yeah, nothing like the film (and IMHO a lot creepier/more potentially dangerous-looking).
khedron
Apr. 13th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
I wonder if there's supposed to be something magical about going counter-clockwise (or anti-clockwise if you prefer)instead of clockwise.

Going widdershins has a long history in fairy tales & beyond, so there is something there.

Maybe Sophie shouldn't think that they'd "have to use extreme and violent magic to" get her out of the chair, when she's in the castle of a wizard with an evil reputation?

Heh. I thought it was a nice touch -- I could *feel* that comfort. But it's a good point that if everything she believes about Howl is true, extreme & violent magic is an option.


Re Michael, I have no opinions on the book version yet. The movie version seemed like a combination of jaded, placid, and befuddled to me. Accepting. As I guess everyone else in this land is; he knows he's in a fairy tale, he works for the Wizard!
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