I read a book review the other day, and it’s been irritating the crap out of me.
The story that accompanied the review is set during the Napoleonic Wars, except the fighting countries have air forces comprised of talking dragons. I read the book, and I loved it (find it here). The dragons spoke eloquently in the language they heard while still in the egg. They loved stories, were compassionate, and in my opinion, brought the story to life.
I won’t quote the exact review (this may be the combination of a couple), but the gist is this: Dragons can talk and speak perfectly right out of the egg? Please, like dragons can even talk at all. Gawd. And let’s not even think about the environmental impact of dragons feeding off the land. And you really think a dragon could carry more than one or two guys at a time, let alone a small force with bombs and everything? I’m giving this one star because I have no imagination.
Even if I left bad reviews for something I’ve read, I think it would take some measure of denial about my skills as a reader to blame my displeasure on my inability to accept elements that are obviously part of a fantasy world. This is a world where dragons talk and carry weapons and other stuff on their backs. Okay, I can get behind that, because you know what? Dragons aren’t real. So anything associated with them is also…wait for it…not real. They aren’t bound by the laws of physics or worry about the environment or require a specific mouth structure in order to speak. These are perks of not existing.
I know, right? Did I totally just blow your mind?
What do you think? What are some of your favorite fantasy stories or other stories that required you to use your imagination?