Wednesday, January 31, 2007

First Post of the Year

It's amazing, I have so much that I could write about and yet I have written so very little. Here it is the last day of the month and I'm just barely getting around to posting something. But if I wished to I could write hundreds of pages about what has transpired since my last post.

Of course that is part of the problem. There is just so much that I could write about. There is too much to actually write. So what should I write? Not everything is interesting enough to be passed on though. In any case I suppose it's what is interesting to me that is the most important.

Howl's Moving Castle - Movie vs Book

A few month's ago I watched Howl's Moving Castle, an animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. At which time I noticed that it was based on a book by Diana Wynne Jones. She is an author who I've read several books by and enjoyed greatly. In fact I would have to say that Dogsbody is one of my favorites. In any case since that time I've wanted to read the book as well.

And just recently I purchased it from and got a chance to read it. I have to say that I enjoyed it greatly, but I was really surprised at how different the two different stories are. The premise are both the same and in summary they are remarkably similar, but the little differences add up to be quite a lot.

So the question comes up, which one is better? I don't think that I can really say. Comparing the mediums of movies and books is a difficult proposition. But sometimes a story lends itself to one medium or the other. But in this case the stories are really quite different, each one has its good parts that accentuate the medium. The movie is a bit more exciting but the book is more understandable in some cases. In the end I would have to say that while it is a good book, it is an excellent movie.

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