‘And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger.’

I loved the first How to Train your Dragon. It played into my love for fantasy, cute cartoons and dragons. I think there is one thing well all need to agree on.

Dragons are cool.

The first one really is a kids film, and though the second one is too, it can definitely seen to be darker and more grown up. This is seen through the actual death of a character (at which I cried) and the question put forward about following and leadership. It also tackles the questions of reunion and friendship perfectly too.

In these films I want nothing more than Hiccup and Toothless to be together and go on adventures and win. I felt genuinely attached to both of them, and they do carry this film. The voice of Hiccup is perfect, showing his difference to the rest of the Vikings perfectly. And Toothless? Well I love him. He makes me laugh and smile and coo. I love how droopy and mischievous he is. I don’t think they could have made a better dragon. Loyal, strong, dangerous and just like a stoopid puppy.

Another one of my favourite character moments is when Ruffnut exclaims ‘Take me now’ just before being captured by a handsome dragon trapper. This moment, so perfectly executed, had me laughing the whole rest of the film. Easily one of the funniest moments in the film. The character in general is quite funny and the situation between her and the two other dragon riders is very funny. I  think it  is especially funny because it is relatable. Very much an adult or late teen part of the film, a perfect example of  how this film caters to most age groups.

The boy and I saw this film relatively late in the afternoon and were probably the only adults there without children. The moments that the kids (and I much to the boys embarrassment) were the cute little ickle baby dragons. I love them so much. I want one. They are funny and adorable and sooooo cute. The animators did so well with them and they have a special place in my heart, and when time and place technology exists I will travel to Berk and have a little baby dragon.

I would recommend this film to everyone 🙂 so funny cute and emotional!

Happy watching everyone!

 

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‘I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope that I have made them right’

I have been told to read The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak for a long time now. Before I started University so it seems like a lifetime ago. I was urged by my teacher to read it but, if I am honest, I had done a whole year of war literature and then another year devoted to heartache, or so it seemed at the time. I was tired of reading about depressing subjects and I knew my degree would bring more of that so in my spare time I chose to read easily and light heartedly.
At the end of my degree, I found it on offer on my kindle and so thought ‘THIS IS A SIGN!’ I downloaded it and wasn’t immediately hooked like I thought I would be. It took a while for the strange voice of the narrator to make me feel wholly comfortable. Well I guess I never felt comfortable in his voice, but I did more so when the subject was mainly Leisel and not his philosophy on the human condition.
As should be expected this book raises uncomfortable questions and makes you think. I watched a documentary about the Lancaster bombers last night, and where I had never really thought too much, after reading this book all I could think about was the bomb rain at the end.
This book demands to be read. It is not one which you read and put down and then read again. The complicated narrative means that it is a book which consumes you until you are done. I mean this is from the point of view of a student of war literature and history so maybe the affect is not as prominent in one who has not studied these events so much.
Moving away from the context of the story, I enjoyed the human part of the tale. I enjoyed Leisel and Ruddy in particular, one of my favourite quotes being ‘The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: I boy who loves you.’ I like Ruddy, I like that he ‘was the crazy one who painted himself black and conquered the world’ and the innocence that this act of defiance shows.

I loved that I was made to feel such a strong connection to all of the characters. This book made me care for them. I love Max and his struggle, more painful than all of the others, a Jew hiding in the basement in the heart of Nazism. And their friendship. So simple, one formed from fear, or as it is stated ‘A snowball in the face is surely the perfect start to a lasting friendship.’ These characters felt real and imperfect, which is probably why the narrative voice was easier to deal with when based on these characters rather than the musings of death.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone. For a story based around a historic event and having to fit with that time bracket, it is fast paced and interesting. A truly haunting and brilliant story 🙂
Happy reading xxx