Humankind has always been mesmerized by dragons. There is even the ancient story of St. Margaret and the dragon. Supposedly, the devil transformed into a dragon and swallowed St. Margaret whole. But he had to release her because he could not digest her cross.
In Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen is called "The Mother of Dragons." In a trance, she walked into her husband's fiery funeral pyre upon which she had placed three fossilized dragon eggs. Instead of being burned alive, she walked out of the flames unharmed carrying three baby dragons in her arms. What a stroke of creative genius on George R. R. Martin's part! I could never have thought up such a cool (er, fiery) background story.
Fantasy princesses are a dime a dozen, some good, some wicked. But a fantasy princess who raises dragons -- dragons that hatched from fossilized eggs in a raging fire -- now that's an unforgettable character. I haven't even read A Game of Thrones yet, but I am captivated by Daenerys and her dragons. And I am sure I'm not alone. Not only is her character unforgettable, she is a brilliant marketing and PR tool for George R. R. Martin's books and the HBO television series based on his tales.
George R. R. Martin's success with Daenerys gives us another idea for our unforgettable characters toolbox. Characters with extremely odd and
previously unheard of hobbies are hard to forget, even if we don't unleash their inner struggles and motivations fully. Of course, fantasy writers have more room to create characters with outlandish hobbies than most, but I'm up for the challenge. Are you? Please feel free to comment with your thoughts on this and other articles in this blog at any time.
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