How to Train Your Dragon

by Cressida Cowell

{ 2003 | Hodder Children’s Books | 224 pgs }

Have you watched the movie adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon? Like the Romgi, I was pleasantly surprised. It had well-developed characters, an interesting plot, and just the right amont of just the right type of humor. Being me, I wanted to read the book – because usually, books have more depth and complexity than their movie counterparts.

Not so! How to Train Your Dragon was not only a completely different plot, its characters were weak and annoying. Maybe it was just the comparison that made them unlikable, but I really think that I would have disliked the book on its own without having seen the movie first. It was extremely shallow and fluffy, when it could have been so much richer.

I’m not sure if this is a first, but – see the movie! Skip the book!