And aunts, aunts are terrible. They go for you with hat pins.
Here we’ll be discussing chapters 6 through 10 of Howl’s Moving Castle. Don’t worry if you’ve not reached this point yet, all the discussion posts will be waiting for you whenever you do.
Fairy tales often derive a lot of their wonder and simple charm from characters who are cookie-cutter versions of people and spells which simply happen. Fantasy books, on the other hand, tend to go into more detail (a lot of detail in some cases). Writing for children, do you think Jones is attempting to strike a balance between the two? For instance, we have Seven-League Boots with no explanation of how they work but spend an entire chapter watching Sophie and Michael trying to unpick a spell. Then there’s Howl: is he just a heartless young man who needs to be taught a lesson about meddling with people’s feelings or is there something more at work?
Don’t be heartless to your fellow readers - use spoiler tags when discussing specific plot points!