Here Be Dragons

Friday, 1 October 2010

I love dragons.

I love reading about them. I adore fantasy, storytelling, myth and magic. Always have - I was brought up on fairytales and the sorts of children's books that featured them and I've never grown out of it. I suppose the Pern books are the most grown up alternative but I think my heart still belongs to YA books - the authors tend to write their dragons with much more humour.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I don't get on with her other books at all but these are just delightful fun to read. I have the first two as English editions and the last two as American editions, hence the difference in titles.

The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce, featuring a rather delightful young dragon named Kit.


I still secretly think it would be fun to have one as a pet.

I can sing you the whole of Puff The Magic Dragon, both the original and the playground version (all together now... "Puff The Magic Dragon, lived on a shelf..."). On second thoughts, perhaps best to let the professionals get on with it:




I don't think I actually own anything in the way of clothing that has dragons on, mainly because I've never found anything that quite suits my taste. I don't want to look like a goth or a piece of chinoiserie. Should you know of anything lovely, do let me know...

My random purchase of the week was this:


from Quoteskine. Pete's Dragon is one of my absolute childhood favourite films so I was absolutely delighted to discover this. Lots and lots of non-dragon related things on the site too - I'm strongly tempted by the Where The Wild Things Are one as a present for a pal of mine.

I came across the designer whilst idly bloghopping and for the life of me I can't think which blog it was I discovered him via. But thank you whoever you are, because it meant that I could find and purchase a lovely piece of artwork. Now to find a suitable frame and get it up on the wall...

Just a few images to finish off with:

All images that aren't mine have been taken from We Heart It

21 comments:

  1. Quoteskine's Pinky and the Brain postcard is amazing!

    I can't say I've ever been into dragons, but I did love Pete's Dragon too. My nerdy goth love was wolves, and Tad Williams' Memory Sorrow and Thorn series is deliciously nerdy and features a pet wolf.

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  2. As I was reading through this post, I was recalling how much I used to love the film 'Pete's Dragon' - & then there it was!

    I watched 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' earlier today - not really relevant at all, but a tiny coincidence nonetheless :)

    www.heart-shaped-bruise.blogspot.com

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  3. Can't say I am particularly enchanted by dragons but loved the first illustration on this post. And of course "Puff The Magic Dragon" - so reminiscent to me of the dreamy 1960s of my youth. But how coincidental that heartshapedbruise (ouch) should mention The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I really enjoyed that book and the series. I also vaguely remember a science fiction series by Anne McCaffrey called the Dragonriders of Pern. Have you read those?

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  4. Puff the magic dragon made me cry when I was a kid, I still get choked when I hear it now. I went through a phase of drawing dragons a while back, inspired by the Terry Pratchet dragons. Your quotskine Dragon pic is fab!
    Kandi x

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  5. I am quite fond of the pocket dragon, but that’s as far as my knowledge spreads unfortunately x

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  6. I loved Puff The Magic Dragon as a kid, it was always playing on my red Dansette record player. I love the bottom pocket-sized dragon, too.
    I'm not a huge enthusiast, the darker gothic type of dragons are synonymous with the balding ponytailed geeks in Matrix-style long leather coats who hang around Games Workshop. xxx

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  7. I LOVED Where The Wild Things Are!!

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  8. OO lovely! Dragons have never been my thing but I'm learning to appreciate them(quite like your large image:)

    x

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  9. I love that Dragon in the coffee foam!!

    I used to sing Puff the Magic Dragon all the time when i was little, My mum has the tapes as evidence haha

    Sal xXx

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  10. Aah, I LOVE the coffee dragon! And the picture you bought, its so cool, think I want one now... :)

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  11. My fiance absolutely loves dragons too! I only got as far as Eragon... haha!

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  12. I used to love Tamora Pierce when I was younger! Most of the books with the female heroines are pretty Mary-Sueish to me now, but that's YA fiction I guess! I've graduated to Robert Jordan and George R R Martin now, but my heart will still always belong to fantasy...

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  13. Dear Alex, my dad loves dragons and collects them. That coffee looks brilliant. The last picture is absolutely amazing! I wonder where to get one like that? My dad would adore one like that. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend xx

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  14. Puff!! Joy!! Awesome song.
    xxx

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  15. Ahh wow I love that latte art!

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  16. I've never really been into dragons, but love the card and also the coffee - so cute. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  17. i love dragons! feel sorry the ones with asthma...they can't control who they breathe over :( xx

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  18. Oh, yes. Let's share the dragon love! They're awesome! That last picture is the cutest thing ever, by the way. :-)

    I think it's really easy to turn dragons into a cliche, though, which is why it's virtually impossible for a new writer to pitch a dragon book successfully these days. I would love to see something new and original!

    Have you seen How to Train Your Dragon? I loved it! So cute!

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  19. I loved the Pern books when I was growing up, my mum's reading taste has always been a lot like yours, with lots of dragon-based fantasy and also school-based takes, and we were influenced a lot by her likes when we would read during school etc..
    Love the last pic! :)

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  20. Ah, Puff the Magic Dragon. As soon as I saw the post title, he came to mind. Takes me right back when I was little and me and mum would sing it! Mind you, don't remember those 2 freaky-looking blokes!!
    And I had to laugh; Weve only recently been able to get Freeview, so it's still quite a novelty and on Saturday evening there was Eragon on one channel followed by Enter the Dragon on another. Lame I know, but it made me laugh!!
    Z xx

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