celinenoblewatson asked:
(Book 10 and second movie spoilers ahead) I had the luck to not be spoiled before reading the books, the really dark turn they are taking really hit me with full force. I also love the differences between the books and the movies. I LOVED Dragons 2, I really did, but... The introduction of Hiccup's mother was epic. Mysterious dragon rider, really charismatic. And then, almost nothing. I read book 11 afterwards, and this Valhallarama really was something else, with much more layers :/

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rocketssurgery:

Mmm yeah, for the third act of the movie most of the characters got shafted in favor of Hiccup and Toothless, but they’re the main characters and there isn’t as much time to develop the others in a film so it doesn’t really bother me. Still, I love her so and there definitely could’ve been more Valka presence in the later battle scenes, or at least I wish they didn’t cut the original intro where you actually got to see her be the awesome vigilante dragon warrior that she is :c I wouldn’t say she had almost nothing even though she didn’t have a lot of action scenes; a huge chunk of the middle part of the movie was devoted to her and her relationships with Hiccup and Stoick. She was the emotional center of the movie, which I thought was great.

Valhallarama…hoooo boy. Again, she has the benefit of getting developed over several books so there are a lot more layers to her. Hiccup in the books has got some serious mommy issues over her absenteeism that wasn’t explored in the movies, and so she’s portrayed a little less kindly at first but it does allow her to go through a character arc. Interesting how in the movies Valka recognized Hiccup while he didn’t recognize her, while in the books it was the other way around where Valhallarama didn’t recognize Hiccup but he recognized her. But then in book 11 it was Hiccup who doesn’t recognize her! (though tbf, she was in disguise) Oh these two. They do love each other, but the fact that they still don’t quite get one another makes my heart ache. Valka’s and movie!Hiccup’s shared passion allow them to bond quickly, whereas Valhallarama’s and book!Hiccup’s identical goals keeps them apart or gets in the way.

Not to mention that they have different approaches to reaching the same goal, and Valhallarama often relies too much on herself to get things done, rather than trusting others.

I’m as frustrated with Valhallarama as Hiccup is in Book Ten, because a lot could have been avoided if they had been able to communicate better and if she had actually trusted her son the second time they encounter each other in Book Ten. There’s a lot she doesn’t say, and she regrets later not taking the opportunity to mend their ties. Though we do know that they reconcile at some point, so something good happened.

Oh yes, good pointing out that she’s too reliant on herself! Even though she declares her son the true King, marks herself with the Slavemark, and effectively kicks off the resistance for his cause, the next book she’s like “ok my son the one true heir to the throne and finder of items of priceless value that I couldn’t obtain in years of questing, hide in this tree for a month while I go get the Things from Alvin myself” lol.

I think while their relationship is mended, Valhallarama isn’t going to the be solid anchor in Hiccup’s life that Valka will seem to be. Valhallarama’s very independent, which can be a hard habit to break, and we know she eventually dies in battle at an old age when questing. Older Hiccup speaks of her admiringly though, so while he’s not as close to his mother in the movie version, I like that he still has a lot of love and respect for her.



celinenoblewatson asked:
(Book 10 and second movie spoilers ahead) I had the luck to not be spoiled before reading the books, the really dark turn they are taking really hit me with full force. I also love the differences between the books and the movies. I LOVED Dragons 2, I really did, but... The introduction of Hiccup's mother was epic. Mysterious dragon rider, really charismatic. And then, almost nothing. I read book 11 afterwards, and this Valhallarama really was something else, with much more layers :/

Mmm yeah, for the third act of the movie most of the characters got shafted in favor of Hiccup and Toothless, but they’re the main characters and there isn’t as much time to develop the others in a film so it doesn’t really bother me. Still, I love her so and there definitely could’ve been more Valka presence in the later battle scenes, or at least I wish they didn’t cut the original intro where you actually got to see her be the awesome vigilante dragon warrior that she is :c I wouldn’t say she had almost nothing even though she didn’t have a lot of action scenes; a huge chunk of the middle part of the movie was devoted to her and her relationships with Hiccup and Stoick. She was the emotional center of the movie, which I thought was great.

Valhallarama…hoooo boy. Again, she has the benefit of getting developed over several books so there are a lot more layers to her. Hiccup in the books has got some serious mommy issues over her absenteeism that wasn’t explored in the movies, and so she’s portrayed a little less kindly at first but it does allow her to go through a character arc. Interesting how in the movies Valka recognized Hiccup while he didn’t recognize her, while in the books it was the other way around where Valhallarama didn’t recognize Hiccup but he recognized her. But then in book 11 it was Hiccup who doesn’t recognize her! (though tbf, she was in disguise) Oh these two. They do love each other, but the fact that they still don’t quite get one another makes my heart ache. Valka’s and movie!Hiccup’s shared passion allow them to bond quickly, whereas Valhallarama’s and book!Hiccup’s identical goals keeps them apart or gets in the way.



celinenoblewatson asked:
Hi there :) Found your blog today via a friend who drew an awesome tattoed Hiccup thanks to yours. I read books 9 and 10 in the past week (I listened to books 1 to 8 quite some time ago), I SO have to order book 11, and at the same time I already know that it's going to be horrible and frustrating and I don't want what's going to happen to, well, happen. Like someone else said before, it's really nice to find other people who have read the books \o/

I hope more tattooed Vikings becomes a thing now because I simply love it *u*

I accidentally spoiled myself for book 11 because I went to go read the TV Tropes entry with the spoilers block turned off and saw the major plot twists, oops. I’m really glad that I caught up with the books though. It’s so fascinating to compare the Hiccup in the books versus the Hiccup in the movie, because it feels like the stories and themes are mirror opposites of each other yet you can tell that they’re the same character reaching for the same goal. Where one Hiccup will get validated for a particular character trait, the other might be taught a harsh lesson from it. It’s so much fun drawing these parallels.

It’s so great to find other people who have read the books, and gosh I love talking about them and my inbox is always open for it :D



holliden asked:
I'm so mad that Hiccup gets no respect from anyone. He saves Berk like five times yet at the start of almost every book his father or Snoutlout says he's useless or should be more viking like even though the fact he isn't like a viking makes him a hero. I mean the vikings aren't very smart but his father should at least remember what Hiccup has done for them.

Oh yeah that frustrated me too! It was like the reset button was hit with every new book, at least for the first half of the series. THIS BOY BLEW UP A GIANT DRAGON FOR YOU, KISS HIS FEET. Thinking back on it though, Hiccup really didn’t save Berk as many times as one would think since most of his adventures were either secret or somewhere else (but still, saving the homeland two or three times still gotta count for something! As well as the other various acts of heroism). It was lampshaded a couple times before finally being addressed in some of the later books. It’s interesting to see in the movie how the tribe immediately accepts Hiccup’s way of thinking after he saves them and proves his worth, whereas in the books the tribes are less willing to adopt a philosophy that would dismantle their livelihood. There are specific reasons why their culture is the way it is now, and there is also some background information about the Haddock family that’s revealed that really makes Stoick’s desperation for Hiccup to be as Viking-like as possible make sense. Snotlout also has his reasons for his constant bullying of Hiccup which is really quite heartbreaking.

While the first half of the book series are more like individual adventures, the second half is where everything gets tied together and explained and where the drama amps up too, so I would definitely recommend reading the rest of the books! :D



Anonymous asked:
Man I've seen httyd 2 three times in the theatre and I cried all three times.

Aah let me hold you ;______; It’s not hard to feel so emotional because those every aspect of those scenes—the lighting, the music, the subtle face animation—were so gorgeously and delicately crafted. Not to mention that Stoick was around for a movie and a half and two TV seasons and had to go through a character journey just as much as Hiccup.

At the same time, it’s made me proper terrified of Deblois though. He is NOT afraid to pull his punches and I know I’m gonna be a sobbing mess come the third movie D: 



fbexplorer asked:
Because of all your comments now I really want to read the httyd books, but they don't sell them in my country!! :'(

Someone made a masterpost of the the audiobooks on Youtube so you can check those out! They’re all narrated by David Tennant and he’s brilliant in it.


petrawentz said: i’ve read the first one but never continued to the next ones but after what i saw you said, i kind of want to read the others too!

I hope you enjoy them! The second half of the book series especially took me by surprise. I do talk about the later books extensively though so I’ll start tagging book spoilers too in case you want to blacklist that.



Anonymous asked:
could you please tag your httyd2 spoilers :(

I’m so sorry, I’ll be sure to tag httyd2 movie spoilers from now on!



adeleisdonewithurshit asked:
omg, I've finally someone else who's read the how to train your dragon books!

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I couldn’t wait until September for the audiobook, so I bought book 11 yesterday and I’m reading through it now! There are so many pictures, I’m missing out :o 

Also the book cover is deceptively cheerful and colorful, SO MANY PEOPLE AND DRAGONS GET DISINTEGRATED OR DECAPITATED DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THESE CUTE BOOK COVERS


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NAAAAAAAAH don’t say that anon, all female Hiccups are amazing! Well maybe except mine because I didn’t actually do anything clever with the design

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YES OURAN!DALTON is one of my favorite Glee AUs to think about :D I don’t really think it gained traction in fandom though? Which is a shame, I love it.

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WHAT REFERENCE

Did I unintentionally make a reference? Do you mean the Hikaru no Go one?

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Have I got the reference post for you!

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Yes I did! How does one not cry after Stoick’s death ;o; Funny thing is though, I didn’t cry the first time because I was so furious. I actually thought the movie was going to end with the scene at the beach, and while everyone else was crying I was so mad that the writers had the brilliance to leave me on the worst cliffhanger ever where Stoick was dead and Toothless gone. When the movie continued and Hiccup and the crew goes to save the day I was like, “Oh. Oops haha.” There is a part of me that does wonder what it would have been like if the movie had ended there, and the next movie went in-depth into dealing with Hiccup’s grief over losing his father and him learning to forgive Toothless. That would have been some really meaty characterization ay, but it is quite heavy and ultimately I’m good with the happier ending anyway.