Happy early Halloween everyone! This is a one day blog hop hosted by The Other Side. Be sure to bounce over there and see what monsters the other participants are posting today.
My favorite monster’s are: Dragons!
Why do I find myself attracted to these slithery, sepent-like, flying, scaly beasts who could eat me with one gulp?
They are pretty.
Ok, they are also long lived and are seen as keepers of knowledge and also seem to come in an array of colors. They can live in the air, the ground, the water and fire…quite elemental of them really. What other “monster” can brag that, really? I am sure I am forgetting one that you all will remind me of…but for right now, I think they are quite special. Many stories have them as mindless, and evil and beyond reason. However, more of them, at least the ones I read, are filled with reasoning, smart cunning and brave dragons. If you piss one off, which generally seems to be the case, they can be all fire and brimstone until you make peace…or offer it a donkey that sounds like Eddie Murphy as her sweetie-pie.
The dragon characters I have been reading lately – they have entered the paranormal romance genres as shifters looking for human mates in Deborah Cooke and Yasmine Galenorn’s novels, as one who offers arcane knowledge and help in All the We See or Seem, McCaffrey’s dragons along with Paolini’s bond with one human which enables them to speak mind to mind. And in one of my favorite series by Tamora Pierce, a dragon is forced out the divine realms and is lied to by the bad guys. It dies fighting to help the good guys and leaves its daughter to be raised by the wild mage Daine. Serpentlike and smart, curious and sweet, she moves like a cat and Daine calls her kitten. And, of course, there is Smaug from The Hobbit. I am so excited to see how he is portrayed in the new movie!
The other cool thing about dragons is that they are relatively easy to draw. Because honestly, if you mess it up, who is really to know? I have completed one and only one oil painting. I grabbed the idea for the picture from The Voyage of the Basset, an awesome adventure story with a lot of cool pictures. It doesn’t much look like the original, but it really doesn’t matter!
How could you not love dragons!?