History Literature / HowlsMovingCastle

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.]]
22nd Mar '16 1:05:28 AM PaulA
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* CursedWithAwesome: subverted- Sophie's curse is genuinely terrible but it is only as an old woman that she is finally able to feel confident in herself.
** Though it helps that Howl used his own magic to make Sophies age endurable by taking away the natural aching that old people often suffer from.

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* CursedWithAwesome: subverted- Subverted -- Sophie's curse is genuinely terrible but it is only as an old woman that she is finally able to feel confident in herself.
** Though it helps that Howl used his own magic to make Sophies age endurable by taking away the natural aching that old people often suffer from.
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** The first book has lots of them to ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''.
*** The main antagonist is the Witch of the ''Waste'',
*** On her journey to the wizard's castle Sophie meets a scarecrow and a dog, and Howl himself is a wizard who deliberately cultivates an image of being a lot more terrible and powerful than he really is, [[spoiler:was born in our world, and - referencing a different character entirely - is literally heartless]].

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** The first book has lots of them to ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. \n*** The main antagonist is the Witch of the ''Waste'',
*** On her
''Waste''. Sophie goes on a journey to the gain a wizard's castle Sophie help, and meets a scarecrow dog, a scarecrow, a being who is literally heartless ([[spoiler:Howl himself]]), and a dog, and being who self-describes as a coward but is brave when it really matters ([[spoiler:Howl again]]). Howl himself is a wizard who deliberately cultivates an image of being a lot more terrible and powerful than he really is, and [[spoiler:was born in our world, and - referencing a different character entirely - is literally heartless]]. world]].



** Also, Howl's sister's house in Wales is named [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "Rivendell"]].

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** Also, Howl's sister's house in Wales is named [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "Rivendell"]].



-->'''Witch of the Waste''': "...she told me 'over my dead body'. So I took her at her word."

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-->'''Witch of the Waste''': "...Waste''': ...she told me 'over my dead body'. So I took her at her word."
22nd Mar '16 12:58:03 AM PaulA
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* HeartTrauma: [[spoiler:Howl, who is frequently described as "heartless", turns out to literally lack a heart, having given it to Calcifer as part of a magical deal. When he gets it back at the end of the novel, he improves -- a bit. The trope is being played with; it's implied that although his literal heartlessness is wonderfully symbolic, his selfishness is just how he is, and was even before he met Calcifer.]]



* LiteralChangeOfHeart: Howl's character improves a little bit as a result [[spoiler: of having his heart returned to him]].
2nd Mar '16 4:19:44 PM Vandegraff1
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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, 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.

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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, 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.
30th Dec '15 10:52:14 PM jormis29
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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 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, 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.

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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 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, 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.
5th Dec '15 11:33:41 AM morenohijazo
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* MovingBuildings: Howl's castle glides across the ground with no visible means of propulsion.
5th Dec '15 11:33:00 AM morenohijazo
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* MovingBuildings: Howl's castle glides across the ground with no visible means of propulsion.
29th Nov '15 5:33:44 PM PaulA
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* MovingBuildings: The titular castle, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is moving]].

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* MovingBuildings: The titular Howl's castle, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is moving]].as the title suggests; it glides across the ground with no visible means of propulsion.
29th Nov '15 10:08:51 AM morenohijazo
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* MovingBuildings: The titular castle, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is moving]].
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