Adopted in December, this little guy was given to me by my best friend (who always knows exactly what to get me). Although he may not look as foreboding as some of my other “pets”, he has been known to throw fiery tantrums if you try to take away his treasure. As you can see, I’ve settled him in all nice and comfy, so hopefully he won’t be a hazard anytime soon. Although I do kind of miss my favorite necklace… Does anybody have a fireproof suit can borrow?
Seriously though, how cute is he? All I have to say is: my place is always open to any dragon in need of a good home.
It has been a while since I’ve indulged in a Dragon Obsession post, but I found this guy while searching for some clipart and I thought he was too cool not to share! What I love about it is the unique shape of the wings and the beautiful use of color. I think this one would be really for fun to paint if I ever get the time. I tried to figure out who designed it initially, but all that kept coming up in my research were free wallpaper pages, so I guess it’s fair game if any of you want to use it as your desktop photo. :-)
Named after my second favorite dragon series of all-time (Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey), these little guys have been with me for more than five years. Now, most people would see these displayed in the store and choose just one to take home. I tried to do this, I really did, but I the ones I left behind kept looking at me with those cute little faces… what’s a dragon-hoarder to do? They make me smile every time I see them, so it was totally worth it!
Think they are as cute as I do? You can still buy themhere. :-)
This picture is the perfect representation of the things I’m most passionate about – books and dragons! Part of why I love dragons so much is that they are the ultimate creatures of fantasy, and fantasy is where I escape reality and feel truly free. When I’m reading about dragons, I feel totally wrapped up in their world – so the dragon wrapping around the reader is especially symbolic. Anyway, I think this might be one of my most favorite pictures ever (special thanks to my bestie who found it for me), and I hope you all enjoy it! :-)
Toothless is quite possibly my favorite dragon in cinema – and it all started with some excellent storytelling. In the movie, dragons are hated for the amount of destruction they wreak upon this tiny Viking village. We find out fairly early on how many different ways Vikings have supposedly been killed by dragons. And there are all sorts of different types they’ve battled over the years – and they’re pretty well documented… all except for one: the night fury. No one has ever really seen one, but they are regarded as the single most dangerous breed of dragon in existence.
When we finally do meet the dragon, he is injured and angry, but not malicious like we had come to expect. His act of mercy gives a young boy the courage he needs to seek the dragon out and befriend it. Although certainly dangerous, the night fury is anything but evil. With an initial standoffish yet curious nature, Toothless essentially has the mannerisms of a giant house cat (much to my delight – what’s not to love?). This major perspective switch leads the young boy to consider that maybe not all dragons are as evil as they seem.
I love the mystery and the buildup surrounding the night fury breed, but the contrast between those theories and the actual creature was my favorite part of this plot. Setting up expectations right away gives you the opportunity to shatter them later on and really surprise people. It’s called a “reveal,” and it’s one of my favorite writing tools. I’m sure it’s part of the reason why How to Train Your Dragon is one of my favorite movies (it also has a great plot, loads of wonder and excitement, relatable characters, humor, and plenty of adventure). If the book I’m writing does any of these half as well, I will be in good shape.
At this point, I’ve seen the movie but have not had a chance to read the books (apparently there’s also a television series). I hear they’re all quite different from one another, but worthwhile all the same. Here’s a link to one of my favorite reviewers who’s looked into all three:The Unlikely Librarian.
As you can probably tell from my endless posts of “Dragon Obsession,” I have a problem. Every time I see awesome dust-collectors like these in a store, I can’t resist the urge to buy them.
Why is this a problem? Well, aside from the obvious negative impact on my bank account, I’m also running out of room. It’s to the point now where I actually have some in storage. I tried to display them all once but my bookshelves started to bow under the extra weight (I have horribly cheap shelves that can only barely handle my 4000 book collection… but that’s a collecting problem for another day).
Anyway, I couldn’t resist buying this one. The photos you see are actually the flip sides of the same statue (who can pass up a two-for-one deal?). I’ve had it for three or four years and I still can’t decide which side I like better. I love the ombré effect of green to red on the “orange” side, but I really like the little purple baby dragon on the blue side.
Which one would you put on display?
For the record, “Hyde” is whichever of the dragons not on display at the moment. I liked the play on words (because he’s hiding… get it?). ;)