History Literature / HowlsMovingCastle

16th Nov '16 11:28:32 PM emcats
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* NoLovesIntersect: Surprisingly, this turns out to be the case [[spoiler: with Howl, Lettie and Sophie. Rather than pursuing Lettie, Howl was only trying to gain information about Sophie through her, since he noticed they looked alike. Lettie only humoured him because she was worried about him asking about Sophie.]]
16th Nov '16 1:24:37 AM Ciara25
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* {{Foreshadowing}} :
** Michael muses that the day Howl doesn't spend at least two hours in the bathroom, making himself gorgeous before he goes out, is the day they'll know he's fallen in love. [[spoiler: During the climax when he turns up at the Witch of the Waste's castle, he's unshaven with dark shadows under his eyes, and frankly looks a mess. Sophie sadly thinks he must love Miss. Angorian very much, unable to realise that Howl loves ''her.'']]
** When Percival, a man pieced from two different men, talks about the Witch taking his head off and sitting on a shelf looking at himself, Michael protests that this would have killed him. Howl reveals that strong magic would allow him, for example, to take any part of Michael's body he wanted and leave Michael alive. [[spoiler: Very soon after this, it's revealed that both Howl and the Witch of the Waste have removed their own hearts to give them to their respective fire demons.]]



* GenreSavvy: Subverted. The book opens with a description of how the protagonist, who lives in "the land of Ingary, where such things as [[SevenLeagueBoots seven-league boots]] and cloaks of invisibility really exist", knows what to expect from life because everyone in Ingary knows how fairy stories work. The first dent appears before the end of the first chapter, with the introduction of two not-at-all ugly step-sisters (well, half-sisters), and as the book progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that a lot of what everyone knows is superstition or self-fulfilling prophecy (people make plans according to what everyone knows will happen, so that's what does happen). A major theme of the book is that life isn't as simple as in stories, even in a kingdom where fairy-story magic really exists.
* HandsomeLech: [[spoiler: Howl falls for Sophie the first time he sees her but he maintains the appearance of being a HandsomeLech while trying to find out more about Sophie from her sister.]]

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* GenreSavvy: Subverted. The book opens with a description of how the protagonist, who lives in "the land of Ingary, where such things as [[SevenLeagueBoots seven-league boots]] and cloaks of invisibility really exist", knows what to expect from life because everyone in Ingary knows how fairy stories work. The first dent appears before the end of the first chapter, with the introduction of two not-at-all ugly step-sisters (well, half-sisters), half-sisters) and a perfectly kind and loving step-mother, and as the book progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that a lot of what everyone knows 'everyone knows' is really just superstition or self-fulfilling prophecy (people make plans according to what everyone knows will happen, so that's what does ''does'' happen). A major theme of the book is that life isn't as simple as in stories, even in a kingdom where fairy-story magic really exists.
* HandsomeLech: [[spoiler: Howl falls for Sophie the first time he sees her her, but he maintains the appearance of being a HandsomeLech while trying to find out more about Sophie from her sister.]]



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The King of Ingary. We see little of him but he seems like a decent fellow. For intance he's not adverse to giving a StandardHeroReward for a sufficent job but not as long as his daughter is a toddler.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The King of Ingary. We see little of him but he seems like a decent fellow. For intance instance he's not adverse to giving a StandardHeroReward for a sufficent sufficient job but not as long as his daughter is a toddler.



* ScaryScarecrows: Played with; Sophie finds the animate scarecrow frightening, but when it gets a chance to explain itself without her running away, it turns out to be friendly and helpful.

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* ScaryScarecrows: Played with; Sophie finds the animate animated scarecrow frightening, but when it gets a chance to explain itself without her running away, it turns out to be friendly and helpful.helpful. [[spoiler: It also turns out to be some of what's left of Wizard Suliman, who cast all the spare magic he could upon it when the Witch of the Waste caught him in the hopes it would get help.]]
29th Jul '16 2:15:33 PM RegShoe
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* NobleDemon: Calcifer is a demon who looks very scary and lives by eating parts of humans but he has a good relationship with the rest of the Castle 'family'.

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* NobleDemon: Calcifer is a demon who looks very scary and lives by eating parts of humans but he has a good relationship with the rest of the Castle 'family'.
26th Jul '16 1:35:10 AM PaulA
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%%''Literature/CastleInTheAir'' and ''Literature/HouseOfManyWays'' have their own pages
26th Jul '16 1:28:50 AM PaulA
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[[folder: Tropes in ''Castle in the Air'']]
!! Tropes present in ''Castle in the Air'':
%%* AccidentalKidnapping:
* AchillesHeel: All djinns have a life which they must keep hidden for their own protection. If anyone destroys the life, the djinn is killed.
%%* AdultFear
* AffablyEvil: Hasruel. He's not truly evil, but has been forced into the role after his brother stole his life and made him his slave.
%%* BelligerentSexualTension
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BewitchedAmphibians: The genies threatens to turn anyone who annoys him into toads. [[spoiler: At one point in the story he actually does turn Abdullah and the soldier into toads, but only for a limited amount of time.]] He also turns the first people to open his bottle into toads, though Abdullah makes him reverse the spell during his attempt to challenge fate.
%%* CatsAreMagic
* CoolCat: Midnight.
* CuteKitten: Whippersnapper.
%%* DisproportionateRetribution
* FireForgedFriends: Abdullah and the Soldier, [[spoiler: who is really Prince Justin of Ingary]].
* FirstGirlWins: Flower-in-the-Night is the first girl Abdullah encounters in the story. He falls in love with her instantly and marries her by the end of the story.
* GenieInABottle: Abdullah acquires a genie in a bottle, who is forced to grant him a wish a day.
%%* GuileHero
* ItsAllAboutMe: Dalzel certainly has this going on.
* JackassGenie: The genie, in a nutshell. Every single wish he grants is almost certain to go wrong in some way.
* KindHeartedCatLover: The Soldier turns out to be this. Much to Abdullah's disgust, he insists on keeping the two strays they find in the mountains and even names them 'Midnight' and 'Whippersnapper'.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Abdullah falls for Flower the moment he first meets her. Only days after first meeting he's already planning to elope with her.
* MadeASlave: Hasruel was forced to slave away for his brother after his brother stole his life.
%%* MagicCarpet
* MakeAWish: The genie is forced to grant anyone who asks a wish.
* MamaBear: Midnight/[[spoiler: Sophie]] goes berserk whenever her baby is in danger.
%%* NoSympathy
* PregnantBadass: Lettie Suliman.
%%* ProphecyTwist
* TheQuest: The princess Abdullah wants to elope with is suddenly abducted by a djinn. Abdullah resolves to rescue her.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler: The ring in Hasruel's nose is this for Hasruel's life.]]
%%* YouCantFightFate

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25th Jul '16 9:49:45 PM Chericola
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* CoolCat: Midnight.
* CuteKitten: Whippersnapper.



* JackassGenie: The genie, in a nutshell. Every single wish he grants is almost certain to go wrong in some way.

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%%* GuileHero
* ItsAllAboutMe: Dalzel certainly has this going on.
* JackassGenie: The genie, in a nutshell. Every single wish he grants is almost certain to go wrong in some way. way.
* KindHeartedCatLover: The Soldier turns out to be this. Much to Abdullah's disgust, he insists on keeping the two strays they find in the mountains and even names them 'Midnight' and 'Whippersnapper'.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Abdullah falls for Flower the moment he first meets her. Only days after first meeting he's already planning to elope with her.
* MadeASlave: Hasruel was forced to slave away for his brother after his brother stole his life.
%%* MagicCarpet
* MakeAWish: The genie is forced to grant anyone who asks a wish.
* MamaBear: Midnight/[[spoiler: Sophie]] goes berserk whenever her baby is in danger.
%%* NoSympathy



* TheQuest: The princess Abdullah wants to elope with is suddenly abducted by a djinn. Abdullah resolves to rescue her.

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%%* ProphecyTwist
* TheQuest: The princess Abdullah wants to elope with is suddenly abducted by a djinn. Abdullah resolves to rescue her. her.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler: The ring in Hasruel's nose is this for Hasruel's life.]]
25th Jul '16 9:27:18 PM Chericola
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[[folder: Tropes in ''Castle in the Air'']]
!! Tropes present in ''Castle in the Air'':
%%* AccidentalKidnapping:
* AchillesHeel: All djinns have a life which they must keep hidden for their own protection. If anyone destroys the life, the djinn is killed.
%%* AdultFear
* AffablyEvil: Hasruel. He's not truly evil, but has been forced into the role after his brother stole his life and made him his slave.
%%* BelligerentSexualTension
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BewitchedAmphibians: The genies threatens to turn anyone who annoys him into toads. [[spoiler: At one point in the story he actually does turn Abdullah and the soldier into toads, but only for a limited amount of time.]] He also turns the first people to open his bottle into toads, though Abdullah makes him reverse the spell during his attempt to challenge fate.
%%* CatsAreMagic
%%* DisproportionateRetribution
* FireForgedFriends: Abdullah and the Soldier, [[spoiler: who is really Prince Justin of Ingary]].
* FirstGirlWins: Flower-in-the-Night is the first girl Abdullah encounters in the story. He falls in love with her instantly and marries her by the end of the story.
* GenieInABottle: Abdullah acquires a genie in a bottle, who is forced to grant him a wish a day.
* JackassGenie: The genie, in a nutshell. Every single wish he grants is almost certain to go wrong in some way.
* PregnantBadass: Lettie Suliman.
* TheQuest: The princess Abdullah wants to elope with is suddenly abducted by a djinn. Abdullah resolves to rescue her.
%%* YouCantFightFate

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12th Jul '16 3:11:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedheadedHero: Sophie, when she's not cursed into looking like an old woman [[spoiler: or in disguise as a cat]].
17th Apr '16 6:05:38 AM PaulA
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*** Of course, [[FridgeBrilliance Howl is from our world. All the references he makes were probably deliberate on his part.]]
16th Apr '16 2:29:01 PM BirdSpell
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*** Of course, [[FridgeBrilliance Howl is from our world. All the references he makes were probably deliberate on his part.]]
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