I am doing an analysis of Miyazaki's films and am starting with Howl's Moving Castle. I have lots of information about the movie, but am having a hard time finding information regarding the inspirations for the film. I am aware that the film is an adaptation of Jones's novel in 1986 and went on to be one of the highest grossing film in Japan. But are there more interesting facts regarding the inspirations/history for the film that anyone can provide me?

Edit: I am looking to see if anyone knows of what the inspirations were for Miyazaki to direct the film. Or going back a step, the inspirations of the author to write the novel.

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    What if you tell us what you are researching and analyzing, we can help you find specific facts that fit your criteria. Otherwise asking for "interesting facts" does little to help us help you find what you are looking for. They typically involve you getting overly broad explanations or detail that are only tangentially related. Please try to edit your question to narrow down what exactly it is that you are looking for.
    – кяαzєя
    May 27, 2016 at 1:17
  • Oh thank you for notifying me. I will edit the question.
    – user24333
    May 27, 2016 at 1:21

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I don't think this book has anything about Howl's Moving Castle in particular, but Starting Point: 1979 - 1996, written by Hayao Miyazaki himself, and translated by Beth Cary and Frederik L. Schodt, is a 500 page treasure trove of interviews and other works regarding Miyazaki's thoughts and inspirations on his films. I purchased this book many years ago and only read a portion of it, so I can't really attest to how much this will help, but it's a good starting point for your research on his other films (pun may or may not be intended).

EDIT: Upon further research on Amazon, I discovered that he has another book called Turning Point, 1997 - 2008 along the same series, which does seem to contain information on Howl's Moving Castle. You might want to take a look into this.

  • Thank you so much! If I may ask, what was the pun? I think I missed it.
    – user24333
    May 29, 2016 at 19:10
  • "but it's a good starting point for your research on his other films (pun may or may not be intended)." Starting Point is the name of the book. By the way, I made an edit to my original answer with an even better resource for you.
    – Phillip D.
    May 30, 2016 at 2:04

For the idea Jones "very much" thanked "a boy in a school I was visiting", whose name she had noted but lost and forgotten. He had "asked me to write a book titled The Moving Castle."

--- "Dedication and acknowledgment", Howl's Moving Castle (paperback) (1st ed.), US: Ace Books, 1989, This one is for Stephen