WHOO! Finally! My book interpretation of Sophie Hatter for the Ladies of Literature zine I’m organizing!
I have so many feelings about the book Howl’s Moving Castle and specifically Sophie’s character arc. When she breaks the spell, it’s not just some generic good triumphs over evil or happily-ever-after plot construct. It means so much more than that. She doesn’t free herself from an evil witch; she frees herself from her own self-destructive inclinations. Now that’s a story.
"She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid."
Star Wars fan Bill Deacon transformed his 1974 Chevy Malibu into a street-legal replica of the Millennium Falcon. The road vehicle-turned-spacecraft features all sorts of great details, including HANCHWY vanity plates and a field of streaking stars around the ship’s bow on the hood and front bumper. But our favorite feature is the cockpit mounted in place of the right starboard side-view mirror that contains Han Solo and Chewbacca action figures.