How to Train Your Dragon is one of the best animated films that's come out in the past ten years. Before I saw this film, it felt like the other children's animated features of the early 2010's were riddled with nothing but shallow plots and potty jokes. This film's animation is beautiful, the soundtrack breathtaking, and who couldn't love the characters? It also has some absolutely fantastic writing, which is why I'm highlighting it as this month's Writing Lessons.
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1.) The Dragons Have Strength and Weaknesses - I love how detailed the dragons are. Each species has its own strengths and weaknesses, and then there are elements that apply to all dragons. Each species has so many volleys of firebreath. All species love a particular type of grass similar to catnip, aren't fireproof on the inside, and also will go limp if they're scratched under their jaw behind their ears. Zipplebacks have two heads with one head having poisonous gas and the other sparks, while nightfuries can fly at high speeds and have purple flame.
How this applies to writing: One was to get your readers to love a character is to make them cute. Cuteness can come in many forms, but I think the main one is innocence. Even an innocent moment in a normally stern and mature character can instantly make someone like them. For example Sebastien in Black Butler is normally a very posh and upright character, but when he sees cats, he just melts into a fangirl of furries.
5.) Characters with Prosthesis - Gobber has a two prosthesis, Hiccup makes a prosthetic fin for Toothless, and Hiccup in the end gets a prosthetic of his own. Each of these prosthesis have their own challenges. They can add conflict to a scene. For example, when Toothless's tail prosthesis is burned in the climax he can't fly at all. It also can come in handy like with Gobber who can put tools and weapons on his prosthesis. Prosthesis can add a level of coolness to your character. ;)
How this applies to writing: Have you thought of having characters with prosthesis? What kind of prosthesis would they have? Arm? Leg? Eye? Ear?
Have you seen How to Train Your Dragon? Have you noticed these writing aspects? What movies have you noticed have good writing? Let's geek out together!