Dragons! Who doesn’t like them in some form or another? The definition of a dragon is ambiguous enough to represent anything. Beings called dragons come in different shapes, sizes, textures, colors, and abilities–customized to each imagination.
Yet, I hadn’t realized how far writers stretch the definition until I read through TV Tropes – Our Dragons Are Different.
Among the dragons in published speculative fiction are mechanical or genetically-engineered laborers, those that burn up in sunlight, females that lose their wings after mating, and one that was the world’s first cat.
I especially like the concept of the dragon-cat, the main character in E. Nesbit’s “The Dragon Tamers” (available online for free). Every time I look at my cat I think he must be as closely related to a dragon as a rooster is to a dinosaur.
While reading the TV Tropes page, I looked for variations not listed and decided there is still plenty of room for imagination. The dragons I’m developing for a potential novel weren’t described on the page, and I could think up several other traits and situations that weren’t listed.
Do you have a favorite dragon? Is it figurative or physical? Furry, scaly, dangerous, wise, or silly? Common or specific to one story?
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Public Service Announcement
Speaking of dragons, Carrie Vaughn‘s first young-adult novel comes out this month. The alternate world of Voices of Dragons is much like ours except for the existence of European-style dragons that live in their own country. Humans and dragons have nothing to do with each other until a rebellious young woman and an equally rebellious young dragon break all the rules through a growing friendship.
Look for this novel at your favorite bookstore, and please let me know when you see it!