… the main character in the novel Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is a wonderfully brave and resourceful heroine in the world of fiction and fantasy.
Sophie Hatter, being the eldest of three sisters, does not expect much of life, simply because she shares the common belief that it’s the youngest daughter who is meant to find her fortune. As the eldest daughter, Sophie believes she was born only to pave the way, to make all the mistakes necessary in order for the youngest daughter to learn which paths to choose. So, when Sophie is suddenly turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste, she takes it in her stride and, rather than falling to pieces, she bundles up and quitely leaves the small – and rather suffocating – town. And, as it turns out, she is headed for an amazing adventure, filled with creatures sneaky, funny and magical enough to utterly test her courage and earthy wisdom. It’s such a lovely read, and it makes me want to see the movie (again)!
But first, I need to do some serious nanowrimoing. I’m woefully behind schedule. Three thousand words behind. Better shape up!