As one side effect of visiting luxvesperis today was the fact that I had to spend about nine hours on the train to get there and back. So I brought a book with me, and read Diana Wynne Jones' "Howl's Moving Castle". I liked the cartoon and when Mel mentioned that the book was very good but very different, I got interested. So I read it today.
Comparing the book to the movie, I'd say that the book surely has a much deeper development of the story, but I still like the movie story better - the drama there is a bit bigger. Mind you, the two stories are drastically different. The only similiarities are the names of a few main characters and the fates of three main characters. And now I will talk about the differences a bit deeper.
As I said, the two stories are very different and if it wasnt't for the names, I'd hardly say that they are the same story. But the movies watched smoothly, and I worried for Sophie, who was a good girl, and for Howl, who was in a real danger. In the book we learn that Howl was in no danger, and was only going in accordance with his plan. The book Howl is a lazy, cowardly powerful wizard and Sophie is an ignorant, depressed failing witch. The movie characters, on the other hand, create more feelings for them - there Sophie has no magic skills and does what she does with her bravery, love and ingenuity, while Howl comes to love her through the struggle and the bloody war in the background only makes this drama more defined - love among death. The book doesn't have any of that. I didn't like the book Sophie - she was a loser, had zero self confidence and no anger management, I couldn't sympathize with her and thus didn't like her drama all that much.
Now, mind you, I am not saying that it was a bad book - it was not. The book was good. The language was a bit too simplistic and childish for my liking, but then it's been a while since I've read children books. And the movie was good too, even though I knew nothing of the world when I saw it, I understood the story in some way of my own and made up the rest. I think the two should be kept separate - they really don't have much in common, except that they spoil each other's main plot line.
And thus ends my comparison. Now I got back to reading Nabokov.