[DWJ] Hello again, and beards

Nic W eawil3 at email.wm.edu
Mon Sep 8 12:30:36 EDT 2014

When I was lucky enough to visit DWJ in 2007, she asked me what I'd thought
of the movie, since Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite book in the world
ever.  I was hesitant to criticize, but told her that I'd hoped it would be
a closer adaptation.  (I'd have been happy to see a movie as faithful as
the BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries.  Six hours of HMC incorporating
practically every line of dialog from the book?  YES PLEASE.)  She laughed
and said that she'd enjoyed some adaptations of her work, but though she
liked Miyazaki, she felt kind of as if she'd "sold Howl and Sophie into
slavery" with the rights for the movie.

She did say something else about it that fascinated me:  Both she and
Miyazaki had felt the impact of World War II, but obviously not the same
way.  She said she thinks that the differences in their experiences are why
she put the big war between two books - after Howl's Moving Castle but
before Castle in the Air - and dealt with it indirectly, while Miyazaki
made it more immediate, moving it into the middle of HMC.

- Nic

On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Martha Hixon <marthahixon at gmail.com> wrote:

> Deborah,
> "domesticity" in what way? I'm not disagreeing at all, just asking for
> elucidation on this point.
> I really do not like that film on the whole, though I do like Miyazaki's
> work in general, and I can appreciate some small bits of the film--how
> Sophie's "age" is visually fluid, demonstrating that it's a disguise she
> has imposed on herself, for example. But most of it just puts my teeth on
> edge.
> I agree about his adaptation of the *Borrowers*, too. He can't help but
> impose his worldview on any story he is telling. I work in adaptations, so
> I am fine with that technique, but some people just aren't good at it.
> Martha
> Dr. Martha P. Hixon
> Department of English
> Middle Tennessee State University
> Murfreesboro, TN 37132
> 615-898-2599 / martha.hixon at mtsu.edu
> On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM, <deborah.dwj at suberic.net> wrote:
> > On Mon, 8 Sep 2014, Martha Hixon wrote:
> >
> >> I've
> >> decided that Miyazaki is such a strong storyteller himself that he isn't
> >> good at adapting the work of others.
> >>
> >
> > His worldview and universe building is so strong and gorgeous that his
> > flavor can come into conflict with another strong flavor. I wasn't
> thrilled
> > with his Borrowers adaptation, either, but his overall sweetness was less
> > in conflict with that book. HMC is a deliciously snarky book, and
> Miyazaki
> > is so soaringly epic and sweet. Both Miyazaki and DWJ have great respect
> > for domesticity, and I think that's something the film did very well,
> > because it's something inherent in both of their styles.
> >
> >
> > -deborah
> >
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