Win Two eBooks that inspired popular Japanese film

So I’ve decided to run an eBook giveaway after a weekend of watching feel good movies with my daughter and putting some new books on my Kindle. I guess it started with the question of ‘I wonder if this was based on a book…’ colliding with this new Kingsumo gizmo that I’ve been meaning to road-test for a while. 

Basically, it’s a form you go fill out to enter the competition which will run for the next week. You’ll score bonus entries if you share on social media where other people can enter and sign up to the newsletter. Sound fun? I’m planning a big giveaway in a few months time, and want to make sure I iron out any kinks before catastrophic failures costing a lot of money happen. So I hope you don’t mind being my lab rats in this little experiment, and I honestly wish I could just make you all winners.

I suppose I better tell you a little something about the prizes, huh? Well I’m sure it’s probably a little irreverent of me to catch the film before the book, but I thought both of them were great, and headed immediately to Amazon to snap them up. 

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is probably my daughter’s fave movie at the moment, and Howl’s Moving Castle is similarly animated by Japanese filmmakers. I guess I was enraptured by the similar feel of the stories, with both main characters young girls who enter a world of magic. Kindness, determination, and bravery move them both through strange places and out the other side which is a common element of so many books for a very good reason.
Dianna Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle was first published in 1986 and then adapted to the film of the same title in 2005. 
Mary Stewart’s The Little Broomstick was first published in 1971, and adapted to film in 2017 as Mary and the Witch’s Flower. 

Okay, so Spirited Away isn’t a part of the giveaway. But that is only because it wasn’t based on a book. In fact, this critically acclaimed film began without a finished script. 

The creator, Miyazaki, who writes, directs, and draws the storyboards himself didn’t know where the plot was going, and let it happen organically. “It’s not me who makes the film. The film makes itself and I have no choice but to follow” 

I had to include a link to this one though, as it fits with the other two films in theme, and my daughter liked it very much. It’s perhaps a little stranger than the rest, but I give it extra points for creativity.


Good luck, everyone!

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