Howl’s Moving Castle author Diana Wynne Jones dies

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Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones

Sci­ence fic­tion and fan­tasy author Diana Wynne Jones, whose novel Howl’s Mov­ing Cas­tle was adapted into an Oscar-nominated anime movie in 2004, died early Sat­ur­day morn­ing after a year-long strug­gle with lung can­cer. She was 76.

Hayao Miyazaki, Pete Doc­ter and Rick Dempsey co-directed the adap­ta­tion Hauru No Ugoku Shiro, which was pro­duced by Stu­dio Ghi­bli and sev­eral other com­pa­nies. Nom­i­nated for the Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture in 2006, it won the Audi­ence Award for Best Japan­ese Movie at the Mainichi Film Awards. In 2004, the film was nom­i­nated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, where it was first screened.

Jones once said that Howl’s Mov­ing Cas­tle is “a very visual book. I think it appealed to Miyazaki because it was about magic in four or five places at once.”

She believed that her char­ac­ters attracted Miyazaki’s imag­i­na­tion as well. “I imag­ine that Miyazaki might, almost at once, have set about think­ing how to draw and ani­mate a fire demon [Calcifer].”

Read more about Diana Wynne Jones at Big Car­toon Forum

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