Happy Monday! Today, I thought I’d do something a little different. Instead of comparing two different books like usual, today I’m going to take a look at How to Train Your Dragon, the book and the movie. After reading the book for the first time last week, I was surprised by how different they were. Completely different stories, really, and I thought it would be fun to battle them. I guess it’s really a Monday Book/Movie Battle this week.
Most of the characters in the book made their way into the movie, and they mostly have the same personality with the exception of Fishlegs and Snotlout, Fishlegs isn’t as nice as he is in the book, and Snotlout isn’t nearly as awful. Toothless is completely different as well, but I’ll talk about that a bit later. The other characters pretty much hold to their type. Hiccup is small, nerdy and weak by Viking standards, but very smart, and Stoic is huge, loud and boisterous and doesn’t listen.
Both the book and the movie take place on an island inhabited by Vikings during the Middle Ages.
And, that’s about it, really when it comes to similarities.
Man. There are so many differences.
The dragons in the movie, aren’t at all like the dragons in the book. They are large dragons. large enough to be ridden and they don’t have the ability to speak. In the book, most of the dragons, especially Toothless, are much smaller.One dragon remarks that they only obey humans because the humans are bigger than they are.They can all speak, but only Hiccup can understand Dragonese. The characters don’t ride their dragons either, as they are so small. They use them to fight, and to hunt.
In the book, the Vikings have been capturing and training dragons for ages. Hiccup isn’t very good at training his dragon because he doesn’t like to yell, (the only way Vikings know how to train a dragon) so he has to use his ability to speak and understand Dragonese to get the job done.
In the movie, it’s a completely different story. The Vikings are at war with the dragons, who have been stealing their food and raiding their villages, Their goal is to wipe them out completely. Hiccup discovers that the dragons can be tamed and used for good. It’s nothing at all like the book, plot wise.
The Love Interest
Astrid isn’t in the book. I’m not sure why Dreamworks decided that Hiccup needed a love interest, maybe it was an attempt to broaden the appeal of the movie, to boys and girls since in the book all the Vikings are male?
The Toothless of the book and the Toothless of the movie are completely different dragons. Movie Toothless is a bit wild at first, but seems to have a genial personality. He’s a rare, deadly breed of dragon called a Night Fury. Book Toothless, is very small, kind of annoying (he complains an awful lot) and is a species of dragon known as the Common or Garden.
The Student Judges
Every kid I’ve asked, who is into the series, seems to like the movie better. When I ask why, I usually get a shrug and a “I just do.”
The book is usually better than the movie, right? Books have a way of going much deeper into a story than a movie can. I especially have a difficult time with movies. Things go too fast for me, and I can’t stop and think about what is happening like I can while I am reading a book. As a rule, I almost always enjoy the book more.There are exceptions, though. Sometimes the movie IS better (Shawshank Redemption for example) and I think this is one of those cases. How to Train Your Dragon the book, is a four star for me at best. I liked it, and it was enjoyable, but it had the feel of a funny/silly book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The Movie is a five star for sure, and one of my favorites. It has an epic feel, and I enjoy it every time I watch it. Dreamworks did a great job taking a pretty good story, and transforming it into an amazing one. Plus, who wants a dragon you can’t ride? Not me. This time, the movie wins.