Favorite Movie - Back to the Future
Why? It's got an enjoyable story that is both interesting and a bit silly. The musical score is great, the acting is great, and it spawned one of the most iconic vehicles of all time. It has a perfect balance between not taking itself too seriously but also not being over the top absurd either.
It's just a very fun movie overall. It was very hard to pick between this and Ghostbusters.
Favorite Book - Howl's Moving Castle
I read this book in highschool, years before the Ghibli film was released, so it's one of the few instances in which I read the book before I saw the movie.
That being said, one of the major things I enjoyed about it was because similarly to Back to the Future, it had a very subdued sense of humor. It wasn't a constant laugh all the way through, but the story was kept light hearted enough to which you did actually care about the problems the characters faced, but at the same time it wasn't really heart pounding drama either. In the book, Howl had a very aloof feel, sort of like Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. He took himself incredibly seriously even when he was acting absurd, which played well against the protagonist having a "Stop being so dramatic" attitude every time he had one of his little fits over something ridiculous. You didn't lose respect for Howl or his power, but it was nice to have someone there that wasn't willing to buy all of his bullshit, especially since everyone else was either deathly afraid of him or kissed his ass to no end.
I also quite enjoyed the way they explained how reality twisted, and in the book it was quite different than in the movie. In the movie the castle literally had legs and walked around. In the book, the castle "moved" but sort of in the same way the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who did, in which no one ever actually saw the castle moving, but if you looked away and looked back, it would be in a different location than when you left it.
It used a sort of time dilation thing in which from the inside of the castle, you could see it plainly moving from one place to another in normal time, literally just sliding across the ground, but from an outside perspective it just seemed to instantly teleport to a new location.
As much as people praise Ghibli films, I personally feel the movie adaptation did not give the book justice at all.
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