Cressida Cowell – How To Train Your Dragon Audiobook
I was interested in this youth saga because I learned that volume 1 had inspired the hit animated film from Dreamworks studios, Dragons which I recently discovered and absolutely adored, so much so that I wondered why I had waited so long before starting! This saga is quite long, with a lot of volumes which, it seems to me, can be read independently.
To become a Viking, young boys must pass an exam with a whole panoply of tests to pass, the most important of which: recovering a baby dragon in the dragon’s lair! Hiccup returns with a very small dragon intended for him, Toothless. Which will attract him a lot of mockery because as an heir son, he should have had a fiercer, bigger dragon. Harold will have to redouble his efforts to try to communicate with his dragon and make himself obeyed. training is not going to be easy! Toothless gives him a hard time! Him, Toothless, the young boys and their dragons will also have to join forces to save Beurk from two giant sea dragons!
The film is not faithful to the novel and in a way, it is not worse. Not that this tome was bad, far from it, it was even quite nice. The two stories are practically separate from each other and the one in the movie is much better. Even if it is not faithful, there are still some elements that the film took up: Harold, son of the village chief, the island of Beurk, the Vikings, the hero’s “bad karma”, the species of dragons, the mockery of Harrold, among other things. As for the notable differences, there is Toothless. Obliged to talk about it. It has nothing to do with that of the film! He is not a Night Fury, he is tiny, has a deplorable character, has no real connection with Hiccup and so on! Big difference too: from the start, we learn that the Vikings are dragon trainers (and not dragon riders either) while in the film, this idea only comes towards the end. There’s also the fact that Harold still has his mother in the book and even has a best friend, Findus while not in the movie.
The author addresses the reader. The author is the hero. But he doesn’t speak in first person, which disturbed me a bit at first. It is as if he is teaching the reader a lesson through his story.
There are illustrations as simplified as possible, very childish as if it was a child who drew. Personally, this is not the kind of illustrations that I like but then not at all! It’s really not pretty and I had to force myself to ignore it, to focus only on the story.
It’s a very youthful reading, of course, but I quite enjoyed it, I had a good time. And of course, I much prefer the film. Still, I think I will continue this saga, just to read a tome from time to time, because it is the kind of perfect book when you need a light reading.