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Dragons portrayed in this era’s literature
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Dragons portrayed in this era’s literature
Slightly ripping off of one of terro’s new celestial topics:

I still feel that Ann Mccaffrey is the worst thing to ever happen to dragons in today’s literature.

Moving on, Dragons have been seen in the role of anything from a mindless brute, a reliable companion, an inevitable foe, and a valuable associate. What are some of the more memorable one’s from novels you have read?

The one that comes to mind now is the dragon, Valdearg, from The Lost years of Merlin by T.A. Barron. In the third book we actually get to encounter an awakened Val and see him for a fight scene where he goes from a murderous rampage to a loving father when he discovers that one of his hatchlings had survived. It was nice to see the transision from the classic portrayal of dragons to one that more (for lack of a better word) humanizes them without making it too corny (thank you, Puff the magic dragon).

I got quite a few more up my own sleeve, but I wanna see if someone will put ‘em out there first.

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2008-05-23 8:58
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Re: Dragons portrayed in this era’s literature
Well, there's Saphira from the Eragon series, of course. I suppose she gets filed into the "reliable companion" slot.

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2008-05-23 11:37
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Hmm Temerarie from Her Majesty's dragon (Temerarie series) stands out in my memory right now. Also the dragon in Dragonworld (been years now sinc eI read that book so don't remember the name) stood out to me.

Temerarie would probably fit into the "good companion" slot though, but he is a very well written character.

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2008-05-23 17:59
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Who could forget Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback from Harry Potter? *grin* Admittedly, although the dragon was a baby, it still caused a considerable amount of damage and could have got the kids into a lot of trouble; so I suppose 'inevitable foe' sums it up.

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2008-05-23 18:07
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Draco from Dragonheart for movies. Darlantan from Dragonlance "Dragons: Lost Histories" is hands down my favorite dragon in literature. There are several other dragons from the Dragonlance series that I love. Khellandros (Skie), Crematia (evil but a great red dragon) and a few others from the same book as Darlantan.

Ah, Dragonworld! I sobbed like you wouldn't believe after that movie! Oh, dear.

With cartoons like DragonTales out I think the imagery of dragons is changed for good in our minds. Unless of course some folks decide to change that. Symbolism can vary so much over time. Now if only that would happen with the words Pagan and Witch.
2008-05-24 3:29
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They've tried to change the connotations for witch. Charmed and Sabrina both have good witches in them, as well as probably a few others that I'm too ignorant to name right now.

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2008-05-24 4:21
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Only thing that bothers me with the Dragonlance books (even if I am a fan of them) is the whole color thing. Red dragons HAVE to be evil, Metallic colored dragons HAVE to be good etc. GRanted there are some interesting dragons in the books (I kind of liked Pyros myself.) but the whole color thing just flattens them out for me.

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And Dragonworld was made into a movie?! Where?! Gimme!!! *Runs of to find it*

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2008-05-24 23:18
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Haku from Spirited Away and the dragon from the dragonball series and the four dragons in Legend of the Dragon Kings. My memory perked up. <!-- s:happy_dragon: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/happy_dragon.gif" alt=":happy_dragon:" title="happy dragon" /><!-- s:happy_dragon: -->

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2008-05-27 0:52
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Oh, Haku! How could I forget about him! *shameful* <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarrassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

JK. Oh, he is so cute for an anime person too. Yowsa!
2008-05-28 2:39
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If we’re moving on to movies, I’m gonna have to throw my praise to the dragon hatchlings from DragonSlayer. Getting killed or not, it’s not every movie that the princess gets eaten by dragonlings (let alone willingly). The graphics were also revolutionary for it’s time (Yay for go motion).
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Draco is also a favorite, though the second movie is a disgrace to the first one’s amusingness.

Back to books: The series that really got me into dragon based literature was Patricia C. Wilder’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles. The entire series is a compilation of fairy tales spoofs that made doing so cool long before Shrek saw the big screen. The first book in particular is about a princess who runs away after exclaiming that she’d rather be eaten by a dragon then have to marry the dim witted price.

She ends up volunteering for the job of being a dragon’s princess and enjoys everything about it except for the pesky nights who keep trying to “rescue” her. The dragon enjoys everything about it in general, especially the cherry jubilees.

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