His movie moved me. The beautiful world he created was breathtaking and the wonderful characters were so unique and memorable. I couldn’t get enough.
I later found out the movie was based on a book which was written by Diane Wynne Jones. The book is just as remarkable as the movie, and I think many fans of the book would say it is superior to Miyazaki’s version.
If you’ve read Howl’s Moving Castle and are looking for similar books, here are four books that are like Howl’s Moving Castle that you will enjoy.
Castle in the Air by Diane Wynne Jones
Castle in the Air is the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. Although it is more of a companion book to Howl’s Moving Castle. It has many of the same characters but tells its own story. It’s a great first option to read after you’ve read Howl’s Moving Castle.
Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono
How could I not include this book? Miyazaki turned this book into a masterpiece movie as well. Miyazaki’s movies have great stories and settings in them. He then layers on beautiful animations to tell the story. In some ways, this book has a very similar tone and setting to Howl’s Moving Castle, and I can see why Miyazaki would find both books worthy of being turned into motion pictures.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Here is another book on the list that was turned into an animated movie. Coraline won both the Hugo and Nebula award for best Novella in 2003. Like Howl’s Moving Castle this book takes place in England. Neil Gaiman’s book has a similar tone to Howl’s Moving Castle, as he is a master of creating worlds of fantasy. I would also recommend his book The Graveyard Book.
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Blue Sword is known for the quality of its characterization and the depth of the story. Written in 1982, this book is known as a classic fantasy book. It tells the story of a girl who is kidnapped by a native king who has magical powers.