Hiccup goes to Hollywood

Posted on: Monday, December 14, 2009  

I am SO excited about the movie! My husband and three children (Maisie, 11, Clementine, 9, and Alexander, 6) went with me to California to visit the studio in August, and we all loved it.

It is a spectacular film - exciting, and moving. The animation is incredible, and it has some of the best flying scenes I have ever seen. When I watched it in 3D (which I would recommend, it really is worth seeing it in 3D) I actually felt like I was riding the dragons myself. I nearly got dragon-sick.

It is a little mind-blowing for me to see it, because as you can see if you look elsewhere on this website, the book is based on a real place, and real things that happened to me as a child. The movie can really show you the staggering beauty of this island world, whereas in a book an author can describe, but is relying on the reader’s imagination to fill in the gaps, as it were.

This is a BIG movie, an epic re-telling of the Hiccup story, and it is different in some ways from the books. Personally, I’m very relaxed about this, because I feel that books and film are different media and sometimes stories change and adapt when they are translated into a new medium. What I really wanted was for Dreamworks to make a wonderful movie. So I was open to the idea of them making changes, particularly because the film keeps true to the spirit and message of the book, the relationship between Stoick and Hiccup, and the characters and the world I created.

Furthermore, I have written eight books in the series now, and I am extremely proud of them. If a movie puts forward a slightly different interpretation of things, it doesn't change the books themselves. There they still are, just the same as they always were. The books are my own complete personal vision of the world and that remains unaltered.

I know that all the people who have worked on the movie over the past six years are absolutely passionate about the books, and the characters and the world. I think very highly of the producer, Bonnie Arnold, who produced ‘Toy Story’, what a great movie, and of the directors, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, who directed ‘Lilo and Stitch’ with such vision and originality. They are all extremely dedicated, creative people, as are the actors and the animators, and the changes they did make were not made lightly.

The Toothless in the movie, for instance, is miles bigger than he is in the books. I can see why they took the decision to make him bigger, because if you are making a movie about dragons in 3D, as a spectator you might feel a little disappointed if the hero can’t actually climb aboard his dragon and ride it. Despite being larger than he is in the book, Toothless is still (as my three children said when they saw the movie) ‘very cute’. He is still a dragon that I would have longed to own when I was a child and the scenes where Hiccup flies on Toothless’s back are absolutely breathtaking.

(My favourite scene, though, is the one where Hiccup first meets Toothless in the wood. I won’t tell you what happens, but I think that’s a stunning scene.)

Hiccup is beautifully observed and acted. He isn’t  ‘stylised’ in a cartoon-y sort of way, and the CGI animation is so advanced that they can really tell the emotional story between Hiccup and his father. I think anybody who has ever been a child or a parent will empathise with them struggling to talk to one another. Animation has now advanced to such an extent that Hiccup feels almost like a real boy, and you empathise with him and want to ‘be’ him in the same way you might want to ‘be’ a hero in a live action movie.

I think it’s a wonderfully enjoyable, funny and beautiful film.  Like all the best movies, it feels like a world you haven’t seen before. And most important of all, you really care about the characters, it’s touching as well as exciting. It is coming out in March, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

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At 16:14:29 on Saturday, February 27, 2010,  Evie taylor wrote:

hi, i love your books i am 8 yrs old nearly 9 when is the film out?

At 22:42:45 on Sunday, March 07, 2010,  Niomi Smith wrote:

So stoked for the movie!!!! Gonna drag my friends along XD

At 02:48:14 on Saturday, March 20, 2010,  Shelagh wrote:

Ms. Cowell, My 9 year-old son and I have truly enjoyed all of the Dragon series books. We have laughed together and really enjoyed the characters and the adventures you have taken us on. We look forward to more adventures!! We cannot wait to see what they have done with the movie!! All the best, Shelagh & Zachary

At 13:58:37 on Sunday, March 28, 2010,  Esther Ruth Adair wrote:

Dear Cressida Cowell, I'm so excited about the movie, I can't wait to see it!

At 19:21:47 on Sunday, March 28, 2010,  Kush wrote:

The hiccup series is the best i have read.

At 16:27:00 on Monday, March 29, 2010,  Mohrer Dom wrote:

Congrat for coming with a very good story. Now I have to look for the books which I will later read it out loud to my twins. Again a pat on the back for you.

At 16:37:24 on Monday, March 29, 2010,  Mohrer Dom wrote:

Congrats for a very good story written Now I will have to buy the books and read it out loud to my twins. A pat on the back for a good weel done

At 09:26:21 on Sunday, April 04, 2010,  Lols wrote:


At 09:25:39 on Tuesday, April 06, 2010,  Peter wrote:

Dreamworks certainly did a good job. It is my new favourite movie. Thanks to your imagination we get to experience a true masterpiece. Well done! By the way, this is all the way from South Africa. We have dragons here too. So many in fact that our biggest mountain range is named the Drakensberg (Dragons' Mountains). I still have not found one but have a better idea of where to look now. Thanks, Peter

At 03:36:51 on Wednesday, April 07, 2010,  Caleb wrote:

I have read the first and second book so im ready for the movie. I hope I enjoy it

At 09:48:02 on Thursday, April 08, 2010,  Alasdair Robertson wrote:

I thought that the film was good, but completely different from the story, and I also thought it was a bit overboard when hiccup lost his leg. I know the script writers probably did it to connect hiccup with toothless more by being disabled but it just made me really sad. But overall it was agood movie. p.s. big fan! :)

At 23:53:51 on Thursday, April 08, 2010,  Vanessa wrote:

i saw it. it's even better than i imagined it would be. i'm so happy for you.

At 01:19:45 on Friday, April 09, 2010,  sara wrote:

omg!! i saw the movie!!!! it rox!!

At 09:39:08 on Thursday, April 15, 2010,  Beth wrote:

I loved the film it stills creeps me out about hicups leg though!!!!!

At 23:21:18 on Saturday, April 17, 2010,  Alex wrote:

I really enjoyed the film, so much so that i have once again started to read the books again

At 19:58:10 on Sunday, March 21, 2010,  SILVIU wrote:

I really want "HOW TO BE A PIRATE" the movie in 3D by DREAMWORKS.I'M from Roumania and I'M the biggest fan.In Roumania did not appear all 8 books ,only 3 books .I want them all 8.

At 01:41:36 on Saturday, March 27, 2010,  Sophy wrote:

Hi, I first saw the movie as a trailer and I thought that I just had to watch it. So, today I went and watched it. The movie was excellent and at the end, when the credits were being played, I saw that the movie was actually based on the book, instantly I though that I had to read the book too. I'm looking forward to reading all the Hiccup books, and THANK YOU for inspiring such a great movie.

At 12:41:27 on Sunday, March 28, 2010,  Georgina Verda wrote:

Hi We love your books and my Mum says they are what started my big brother reading and he still loves them too. We saw the game of the film and thought it must be based on your books, why haven't they put your name on to say where the idea came from? Ginax

At 17:40:16 on Monday, March 29, 2010,  Jackie wrote:

Hi , My son got hooked on reading after getting your book series for christmas so naturally we HAD to see the movie . We LOVED it.. the changes made were good ones.. but all in all the message was still the sme. we are going ot see it agian before it leaves the theatre and we will be getting the DVD once it is available.. I hope more oft he books get made this was Awsome..

At 07:53:01 on Wednesday, March 31, 2010,  ade wrote:

I'm glad you like the movie Cressida. Unfortunately for us, my son - who is a massive Hiccup fan and has collected all the books - is so disappointed in the way the film appears to deviate from the books (in quite significant ways) that he really doesn't want to go and see it.

At 00:20:26 on Thursday, April 01, 2010,  andreea wrote:

I've just seen the movie, which indeed was great !!! i fell in love with the dragon and hiccup and i must admit I'm ashamed i didn't know the books before. my sincere thanks for the island's world that opened for me.

At 05:28:44 on Friday, April 02, 2010,  Isobel wrote:

I am your No.1fan!!!!!!!!!YOUR THE BEST WRITER IN HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!! When is your birthday? What is the next book called? From Isobel

At 06:52:32 on Friday, April 02, 2010,  Rick wrote:

Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us. My family knew that the movie was coming out and got "How to train your dragon" on talking book. We all loved it and the movie. Now on to "How to be a Pirate".

At 15:51:28 on Wednesday, April 07, 2010,  Dora wrote:

Hello Cressida. I just watched the movie. It was great. I must tell that Astrid is not in the book but I liked her. Movie is great. :) As your children said, Toothless IS very cute. I must say, that this movie is really fantastic. And I must congratulate to you, my dear writer for the greatest book I had ever read. Thank you. Cheers. ;) Dora Croatia.

At 13:14:26 on Friday, August 27, 2010,  Abbie wrote:

hi cressida i saw you at the book festival im asking my mum to get me all of your books

At 13:59:15 on Monday, August 30, 2010,  Phoebe wrote:

Ive seen the movie! It was absolutely brill! But not nearly as good as the actual books.

At 22:08:56 on Friday, March 26, 2010,  Josef wrote:

What an excellent movie! So happy with it, I'm going to go buy all your books for my 3 year old son who I took to see it. He was literally jumping out of his seat with excitement. I'm hoping that we see a Hiccup sequel get a fast track in Tinsel Town!

At 04:58:23 on Sunday, March 28, 2010,  Sam wrote:

I went to the premier in Denver on week before it came out and saw it again yesterday and it is AMAZING!! I also love all of the books.

At 20:40:05 on Sunday, March 28, 2010,  Celia wrote:

Hi! I just wanted you to know that the final result of the film is as good as you promised or even better if I may say. I have seen it this weekend in Spain (I'm spanish so please be patient with my english :$) I'm 21 years old and still I felt absolutely amazed by the story, the characters, and..well, everything. So, congratulations, take care, and please, please...keep writing.


Thank you so much Celia! I am so glad you liked the movie as much as I did! All best, Cressida

At 13:57:21 on Wednesday, April 07, 2010,  Alfred & Eva Nunney wrote:

We love your books and Hiccup. Eva loves toothless. Thanks for writing these great books. We hope your going to the port eliot festival in July. Eva and Alfred from Truro, Cornwall.

At 14:52:15 on Sunday, April 11, 2010,  Jan wrote:

My two children, ages 9 and 5, saw the movie two weeks ago. It was WONDERFUL!! My son had read the book and still enjoyed every bit of the movie! It was one of the family movies, enjoyed by children and parents alike. Dragon's are the buzz around our house ever since. Highly recommend it!

At 16:05:10 on Monday, April 12, 2010,  Melissa wrote:

Hi! I saw the movie and I haven't read your books, but I looked out to know a bit more about them and I found they're completely different. That's why I wanted to know your reaction about the film (which I loved). I always thought that movies-based-on-books had to be similar, but what you said about the difference between them made much more sense. I hope to read your books soon. I left my childhood many years ago, but I'm still in touch with it =) Regards!

At 22:34:31 on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,  Casey wrote:

Great Movie! Love the Book! You can't go wrong here! Can't wait to see the other books made into movies! ;)

At 15:07:17 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010,  Gudmundur wrote:

I loved the movie, and in fact i have seen it about 4 or 5 times! It is incredible in every way and i hope there will be a sequel!

At 22:17:53 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010,  emelia wrote:

I've really enjoyed the books so far although i don't have the whole collection I do intend on getting the rest of the books I Can't wait for the movie.

At 22:58:01 on Wednesday, April 21, 2010,  Ben Brown wrote:

i have read the how to train a dragon books 1-4 i am now reading 5

At 12:07:13 on Thursday, April 22, 2010,  dylan garcia wrote:

i would like to meet Crassida Cowwel.that would be interesting

At 20:02:14 on Tuesday, April 27, 2010,  Alejandro wrote:

hello. I am spanish and 16 years old and i have to say that i ejoyed so much the film the film that i bought the book ,and i love i,.i couldnt wait for the translation in spanish and i bought the four last books in English, i 'm very happy to know that you are working in the ninth book and i'm waiting for the next film. Yours sincerely Alex

At 16:39:00 on Saturday, May 22, 2010,  Bailey A wrote:

Cressida , your books are brilliant especially the ' how to train your dragon' book series

At 15:09:05 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010,  Gudmundur. wrote:

I loved the movie! It was incredible and fun in every way! I hope that there will be a sequel, and hopefully it will be as good as this one :)

At 05:24:20 on Tuesday, April 20, 2010,  evelyn wrote:

I watched the movie and it is a very good movie! i love it so much! Thank you for creating the story :) I hope that movie will have a sequel based on your other books ^^

At 17:52:35 on Wednesday, April 21, 2010,  Joshua Trover wrote:

your books are sweet!! I did not like to read until i read your books!! I am in second grade. I liked the movie very much!!

At 12:19:58 on Wednesday, April 28, 2010,  Roel wrote:

I didn't know about the book until the movie came out, i haven't watched it but i managed to grab 5 of your books at the library and i ioved it...i made fanart but i don't know where to send it...so i posted it at my site\http://roelworks.deviantart.com/art/HTTYD-Hiccup-and-Toothless-162234963 now i'm reading how to became a pirate cheers!

At 22:31:20 on Wednesday, April 28, 2010,  Brian wrote:

I am sure I am not the only one to say so, but I just wanted to thank you personally. I have just bought the first book in the series BECAUSE the movie was beautiful. My nieces and I loved every moment and can only pray for more in the future. Keep up the great work and God bless.

At 01:33:00 on Thursday, April 29, 2010,  Eileen wrote:

I really enjoyed the movie as well.

At 15:24:21 on Friday, April 30, 2010,  lucas baker wrote:

I read how to train your dragon and I loved it I am already reading how to be a pirate. our reading teacher mrs. beal gave us a prodject to do on an author she gave us i have to make a commercial read and do a poster on you

At 17:08:19 on Wednesday, May 05, 2010,  Maria Fragoso wrote:

I love it the books of how to train your dragon¡¡ I have a question Astrid and the other kids are in the books? Why hiccup´s mom do not are in the movie? Cressida Cowell is a really writter And I´m a writter too! I wanna be like you Cressida Cowell bye

At 23:13:59 on Friday, May 07, 2010,  Parker wrote:

Iloved the movie so much,seen it about 7 times.

At 23:24:20 on Sunday, May 09, 2010,  Judith MacDonald wrote:

Recently went to the film with my three children, who have read the books and loved them. The movie was delightful and also gave me a strange sensation. I felt like I was watching an animation of my son he looks and seems so much like the character right down to the hair, nose and freckles to the interest in inventions. If you are ever auditioning a real "face" of the character Hiccup, we would love the opportunity to send a picture. Thank you.

At 10:55:14 on Monday, May 10, 2010,  Matt wrote:

I fell in love with this film and I'm reading your books now and I'm a 25 year old man haha! Keep it up, great stuff.

At 16:01:43 on Tuesday, May 11, 2010,  Bui Minh Tuan wrote:

I am a Vietnamese, I have watched "How to train your dragon". I felt it was a great film, the story was extremly attracted me. Hope to see your novel appear soon in Viet Nam and I really want to know does the film has the other parts following your novels ?

At 01:31:31 on Monday, May 31, 2010,  jenniferrumel wrote:

checking to see if you comments board works, yet

At 15:41:18 on Sunday, June 13, 2010,  ADAM wrote:


At 02:04:33 on Thursday, October 07, 2010,  diego wrote:

i love all the books they cool,exciting,breathtaking and toothless is the FUNNIEST of everyone.

At 19:51:46 on Saturday, April 17, 2010,  Soumya wrote:

Hi Cressida! I saw the movie today! and it's just absolutely beautiful!!! Now I would love to read the books too! Great work! :)

At 17:31:55 on Tuesday, April 20, 2010,  Syraat wrote:

I have been dying to go see the movie ' How to train your Dragon' but I couldn't wait to see what happened so I decided to read the book. I am in the middle of the book right now and it is so funny that I can't wait to read the second one!

At 17:49:04 on Wednesday, May 05, 2010,  Luna wrote:

I love your all books. (though I haven't read them all:) I read How To Twist A Dragon's Tale for my book report in class! I hope you write another book soon! Thanks for reading, sincerely, Luna

At 20:42:34 on Wednesday, May 05, 2010,  Holly wrote:

I loved the Film , i hope they make a film for all the books , toothless is so cute as a night fury to , although he doesnt speak draognese , hes funny when he re-guretates the fish and makes hiccup eat it :D

At 18:51:34 on Wednesday, May 12, 2010,  abi wrote:

I absolutly LOVE your books its the only things i've read in AGES! they are really really cool and i like the way the dagons and there eggs and how to speak dragonese bits break up the story!

At 06:02:09 on Friday, May 14, 2010,  Andrea wrote:

My family and I loved the movie. We were so impressed with the characters, colours and the creativity expressed visually and through the story. We wanted to know more about the characters and have started to read your books. My grade three students are also very excited as we have just started to explore your dragon world with them! Thanks for the insight about your influences, the great writing and sharing your stories with the world! Winnipeg, Canada

At 21:34:56 on Friday, May 14, 2010,  Jorgey Scott-Learmonth wrote:

I went to see the film and it was very very very very good I would give it a 10/10.The best bit was when Hiccup had to eat the fish.At my school I am learning on vikings and I did a dragon my self and it is called the fire wire.I have did a book about vikings my self. I was thinking that you could give me some top tips of vikings because you have writen 8 books about Hiccup.Your Sincerely Jorgey Scott Learmonth oh and I am only 7 years old.

At 16:05:49 on Sunday, May 23, 2010,  Ashlee wrote:

I think the book and the movie was awesome with a capital A. I first went to watch the movie and then I got the book. It was a bit hard to read the book and imagine what Toothless looked like when I aready saw him in the movie, but it was still nice

At 07:47:40 on Tuesday, June 01, 2010,  BlueNight wrote:

I like to hear an author praising an adaption that changes so much from the original medium canon. It reminds me of how the author of The Prestige enjoyed the Nolans' adaption, and actually considers their version superior, at least for film.

At 20:24:08 on Monday, October 11, 2010,  Juampi wrote:

Loved the movie and books! :)

At 17:13:44 on Thursday, October 14, 2010,  connor green wrote:

hi cressida the books and the movies are amazing i love them so much and you are my hero!

At 21:51:08 on Saturday, April 17, 2010,  Michelle wrote:

I absolutely loved your book How To Train Your Dragon, which I read soon after watching the movie. I have to say though, after watching it, I didn't see the sentence, "Based on the Novels by Cressida Cowell", which makes me uneasy. The storyline itself is originally yours, and you should be able to take that pride and accomplishment whenever it plays in the theaters. Still will always be a fan, and plan to buy the 2nd in the series soon! -Michelle

At 23:37:38 on Monday, April 19, 2010,  Haley wrote:

I loved the movie!! But I have also read your books and i was disapointed by how terribly different the book was from the movie :( They were hardly alike. I am a big fan of both though!!

At 01:12:45 on Tuesday, April 20, 2010,  Selena wrote:

I LOVE THE MOVIE!!!!!!! I wanted to read the book ages before the movie came out, and now I want to read it more than ever!!!

At 16:17:30 on Thursday, May 06, 2010,  ryan wrote:

i have seen how to train your dragon,ITS GREAT i would love to write a letter to cressida but i cant i read loads of cressida cowell books shes my fav ather

At 17:24:00 on Saturday, May 08, 2010,  Dana wrote:

I saw the movie a couple of days ago and was instantly enraptured. The bond between Hiccup and Toothless especially drew me in. You're right, while I was watching in the cinema I felt pretty jealous of Hiccup and wanted to walk in his shoes. He really felt like a real person to me. I hope you don't take it the wrong way when I say that I haven't even read the book yet, but am planning to!

At 22:41:50 on Friday, June 04, 2010,  Leonie wrote:

I was so exited when I heard Dreamworks was making a movie of your book! How To Train You Dragon was so good on the big screen I decided to see it again (whilst persuading friends to see it all the while). I was a little sceptical of the movie at first (since they decided to move away from the book's storyline) but I grew to love it. I even heard of a sequel! But then again, its just rumours going around.

At 20:50:50 on Sunday, June 20, 2010,  ALewellan wrote:

As a fan of animation, "How to train your dragon" stands out as among the most imaginative, best assembled, perfect family fare. I will check out the books.

At 13:27:14 on Monday, July 12, 2010,  Cleo Loi wrote:

I think your books are wonderful! I have two of them & I wonder how to speak dragonese. I hope I can speak it, though!

At 05:10:39 on Wednesday, July 14, 2010,  HVR1 wrote:

I never read the book, but the movie was great! It kept me thinking what if I had a dragon for the rest of the 6 hour plane ride. I bet the whole TV show idea is exciting.

At 17:13:48 on Thursday, October 14, 2010,  connor green wrote:

hi cressida the books and the movies are amazing i love them so much and you are my hero!

At 17:13:51 on Thursday, October 14, 2010,  connor green wrote:

hi cressida the books and the movies are amazing i love them so much and you are my hero!

At 08:56:39 on Thursday, November 11, 2010,  melania wrote:

one of the most beatiful film and story i've ever seen.

At 12:51:27 on Friday, May 07, 2010,  paige wrote:

I'm on the fith book and really wanted to see the movie but got sold out. Ended up watching diary of a wimpy kid. The pictures in the book are so cool. HICCUP IS SO CUTE.

At 22:31:28 on Saturday, May 08, 2010,  M.B.S. wrote:

The movie was fantastic. You're right about the flying scenes, and it's magical when Hiccup meets Toothless for the first time. I have the same sort of communication issues with my father; I definitely found myself empathizing with Hiccup. They did a wonderful job with the animation, and the score by Powell was magical in its own right. I am very happy that I was able to see this movie in 3D.

At 18:42:37 on Tuesday, June 15, 2010,  Matty wrote:

Your a great writer the film is very different to the books. I'm trying my best to read all of your books. I have them all but with school (BORING) I dont have much spare time to read them all. I hope you make some more books all my mates like them. Matty Campbell

At 02:48:18 on Monday, July 05, 2010,  K. wrote:

I the how to train your dragon books and the movie! But, I was wondering, a friend of mine told me that there was a book Cressida Cowell wrote called 'how to train your viking.' Is this true? Or is my friend just being weird? -Viking K.

At 12:42:41 on Thursday, July 15, 2010,  Marina wrote:

I agree, the movie is fantasctic: exciting and funny, loving and caring, just great. My 4-year old boy watches it over and over again and from time to time when there are not too many house chos i also sit with him. We love Toothless: he reminds me our big dog, male boerboel Tau, turns his head in the same way and also says mmmmm...rrrr and loves and "hugs" you just like Toothless. I wish there were more books and more movies like this. Will definitely keep it for future grandchildren.

At 05:43:29 on Saturday, July 17, 2010,  DaniDBR wrote:

YOUR BOOKS ARE TOTALY AWESOME!!!!!!!!.I am 11 and think they should make a movie out of all the books!!!!!!. PS:I live in Brazil and they haven't launched all the books here wet,but i like then anyway :).

At 16:52:47 on Saturday, July 17, 2010,  Ebony-Jane wrote:

i think the film was really good even though it was very different to the book so is there going to be another film?

At 15:25:50 on Friday, August 06, 2010,  James Livingston wrote:

My wife and I took my daughters to the movie and we absolutely loved it. I honestly hadn't heard of the books before. When I discovered the movie was based on a book series, we had to read them. My youngest and I started reading the books together before bed each night. These are the first novels that ever held her interest. The books do indeed have a different charm than the movie: both are brilliant in their own medium.

At 22:45:12 on Tuesday, May 11, 2010,  george wrote:

i REALLY enjoy the movie,I'm probably gonna reed books to. hope the sequel in 2013 will be a least half as good.even 25% would still be epic.

At 14:09:06 on Tuesday, July 20, 2010,  Jada wrote:

(I think the movie was a great movie for my little brother and my sister and me. Are favorite part was when toothless swallowed the fish whole and he spited out half. That was pretty funny.)

At 10:10:04 on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,  srah--Jane wrote:

I'm Sarah-Jane I have watched the film 2 times 1 in 3d and 1 in 2d and I was equally as touched the second time round!! I recomend how to cheat a dragons curse and how to break a dragons Heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 17:51:24 on Tuesday, August 31, 2010,  Jayne and Iona Campbell wrote:

Iona and I went to see this fantastic film and although we do think its abit different from the book, we still really enjoyed it. We were'nt keen on the changes to Fishlegs as we think you modelled him on Ronnie and he looks nothing like him now! We can't wait for the next film to come out. We smiled alot and had a tear in our eyes too. xx

At 05:21:58 on Tuesday, September 14, 2010,  noah wrote:

It is a stunning movie I can,t wait till it's out on DVD Noah

At 19:30:26 on Tuesday, September 14, 2010,  Katherine Romatz wrote:

I'm at work reading this, and will print it out to take to my granddaughter Brianna. She has already brought all of it to my attention as far as sizes being different. She tells me she's right there with Hiccup when she's reading the books.

At 19:43:03 on Wednesday, September 15, 2010,  jack bridger stille wrote:

the books are amazing and the movie was fab!! your books have revolutionized my reading way of life your books have been the best series i have ever read i have read the holke series like 10 times will you be writing any more books i would be so happy if you would i am 12-13 years old my lifes dream is to meet you in person you are amazing jack xxxxxxx

At 02:07:12 on Sunday, September 19, 2010,  Millie McGlone wrote:

i am a big fan of your books im curently reading how totwist a dragons tale i love the film its amazing even though its some what different from the books it still works :)

At 07:47:59 on Saturday, December 04, 2010,  Max wrote:

I`m so excited about the film coming out on DVD even now my legs are quaking with excitment!

At 03:09:59 on Sunday, April 11, 2010,  Chris wrote:

I took my children (17 and 11) to see the movie in 3D the other day (school holiday treat here in Australia), and we all absolutely loved it! In fact, I might have liked it the most *g*, and am recommending it to all my friends whether they have kids or not. PS, my 11 year old is loving your books (and so am I LOL) - thank you for such an enjoyable series.

At 00:11:38 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010,  mary wrote:

I love your books and inspire you to write 14 in the series I love iit how you put the dragon on the side of the book and mesh the books up to get the dragon

At 00:27:37 on Monday, April 26, 2010,  Alison wrote:

What a wonderful story my six year old loved it. Keep up the great work!

At 02:50:48 on Wednesday, April 28, 2010,  luis mendieta wrote:

Hi Cressida...!! ...this is luis I´m from Paraguay (heart of south america)... I want to thank you for sharing your world with us...!!! I watched the movie last march 30th with my daughter..!!! it was breathtaking!!! Good Luck through your forest! n_n!

At 05:39:25 on Sunday, May 02, 2010,  Alexis wrote:

I LOVED the movie How To Train Your Dragon!! It was so cool! Also, i was amazed that my dad loved it! I also like that in the end, Astrid feel in love with Hiccup. I think it was sad though that Hiccup lost his leg. But any ways, it was a good movie!!

At 22:45:15 on Sunday, May 02, 2010,  Heather :D wrote:

:( I wish it was the book on the "big screen" Not a mixed up version with Fishlegs some fat guy :_( No Fishlegs.... No Camicazi.... No ( TRUE ) Toothless :( ...... NO ALVIN ( YAY! ) Lol >.

At 20:59:10 on Wednesday, May 05, 2010,  Holly wrote:

I really enjoyed it to , especially when toothless re gergitated the fish and showed hiccup to eat it , he was soo cute , i hoe they make a movie for all the books

At 17:30:00 on Saturday, May 08, 2010,  Lucy wrote:

I absoloutely LOVED the books and film of How To Train Your Dragon, and i have seen it three times! I really enjoyed the storyline, and both the book and film had me in tears of sadness and laughter!

At 10:20:34 on Monday, May 24, 2010,  ok8u wrote:

i love your book how to train your movie i love both!

At 15:40:59 on Tuesday, October 05, 2010,  Stein wrote:

It was a nice movie Greetings from Netherlands from Stein

At 23:53:59 on Thursday, June 03, 2010,  Sheena wrote:

My sister and I are wondering if their going to make a sequel to How to Train your dragon? Cuz we love the books and the movie. Thank you very much. Much love, your dragon fans! ^.^

At 20:12:10 on Wednesday, June 16, 2010,  jamie fenlon wrote:

this is a comment for Cressida Cowell. firstly I think your how to train your dragon book series is outstanding they where so fun to read. And are you writing a new book for the how to train your dragon book series because at the end of how to break a dragons heart it says read the next of hiccups memoirs so i was wondering if you were writing a new book for the series. please get back to me. yours sincerley jamie fenlon.

At 19:46:43 on Sunday, September 12, 2010,  Kathy wrote:

How To Train Your Dragon is without a doubt the best movie I have ever seen and I CAN NOT wait for it to come out on DVD on October 15th!!! In 34 days!!!!Why does it seem that when you want time to fly it dosn't and when you don't want it to it does!!!!

At 21:01:39 on Saturday, October 09, 2010,  Jenessa wrote:

I loved the movie! I think they should have made the characters look like the ones in the book, it would have been cooler. besides that i liked -no loved it. I am a BIGGER fan of the books, but finally realized which character was who when i thought about it. I saw the movie first and thats how I heard about it. I'll say again: love the books and movie.

At 02:58:04 on Saturday, October 16, 2010,  Shawna Meyer wrote:

My daughter Madison loves your books!!! She has finally, thanks to you, developed that love of reading that keeps you up all night to finish a book. Thank You! The movie was almost as good as the book.....you know what they say!

At 02:41:55 on Thursday, February 17, 2011,  Chloe wrote:

The movie wasn't as good as the books though.... I don't recomend home 3D

At 13:27:35 on Wednesday, February 23, 2011,  todd wrote:

are you makingany more books?

At 21:24:22 on Monday, July 05, 2010,  giant fan wrote:

this book seris is my favrite hope credesa cowell makes a 9th.i havent read the 8th yet though.MAKE MORE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOKS.

At 16:06:51 on Monday, October 18, 2010,  jackie wrote:

hi cressida, i love hiccup, but i wanted 2 point out something. sorry. in how 2 be a pirate, alvin says he was "digging for potatoes" and found the coffin. but in how 2 cheat a dragons curse a potato was a weird and rare object. how come? sorry. ps. u rock!

At 22:09:21 on Friday, October 22, 2010,  Charles Eldridge wrote:

My family loved the movie! My sisters are teachers and love the books--I'm borrowing them to read. Thanks for all the enjoyment that your books have brought to our family. Charles V. Eldridge Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

At 06:15:26 on Tuesday, November 02, 2010,  Guilherme wrote:

Hey! it's a great film what about a next movie :P Just enjoyed so much

At 17:10:39 on Thursday, October 14, 2010,  connor green wrote:

hi cressida the books and the movies are amazing i love them so much and you are my hero!

At 16:32:26 on Wednesday, November 03, 2010,  jameela wrote:

wow, mrs cowell your books[ and movie] are simply stunning, i love them i want to be hiccup , i love stormfl too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 03:35:26 on Saturday, November 06, 2010,  su wrote:

I just saw the movie for the first time with my two children. It was fascinating! Hours after the movie I am still in that world in my mind. I'm hooked and am looking forward to reading the whole series to my children. Thank you for sharing your imagination!

At 10:55:50 on Sunday, November 14, 2010,  jules wrote:

i did enjoy the film. and now the first book of the series. it does not matter at all to me that they are different because both tell their stories wonderfully and it is all that matters to a reader and a movie patron. thanks cressida, for giving us hiccup and toothless. i can't wait to buy the next book and share it with my friends.

At 05:28:45 on Wednesday, November 24, 2010,  Julianne wrote:

I have seen this movie 17 times (I have been counting) and I still can't get over it. I love your books and i just can't stop reading them. I'm also writing my own book, it has the some of the characters in the books. The book I am writing is called How To Find A Dragon. I was wondering if I can ask you a question, can you give me advice about writing a book?

At 02:38:56 on Sunday, November 28, 2010,  Bree wrote:

I saw the movie and I LOVED it! I did not see it in 3d though I would have loved to .I have read 3 of the books and liked them.Unfortunately I got them from the library. :( Oh well.

At 05:28:42 on Sunday, November 28, 2010,  Richele wrote:

The books are my four year old daughters life. Everyday I learn about "NEW" dragons from her vast imagination & with ALOT of inspiration from your stories!

At 02:31:09 on Monday, November 29, 2010,  Bree wrote:

I have seen the movie and LOVED it.I don't understand why in the books everybody thinks Hiccup is clumsy.He is totally a hero character...then again they are vikings and I am not.

At 00:28:40 on Monday, December 13, 2010,  tala :) wrote:

I LOVE THE BOOKS AND THE MOVIE!!!!! and i love hiccup and toothless (they are cute!!!) and i keep drawing them all the time .... iam really good at drawing toothless from the movie :) and other dragon....my fav. part is Test Drive, i cant wait for the 2nd movie and new books!

At 21:55:25 on Friday, January 07, 2011,  Emanuele Max wrote:

It's all real. It's a beatiful movie and the story is fantastic. Thanks a lot for making me dream for 90 minutes. I'm waiting for the second movie, there is a lot of material and the world that you have created is really awesome. Thanks again. Emanuele Max from Italy.

At 13:48:11 on Saturday, January 22, 2011,  Morgan wrote:

I love the books, i just brought two of them today i have read all of them except how to be a pirate and i look forward to reading that one next, i havent watched the film though because its quite different from the books. Cant wait till the next one ! PS. I LOVE THE BOOKS

At 18:17:25 on Tuesday, November 30, 2010,  ifha wrote:

hi,, i'm ifha from indonesia. i just have read your book "how to train your dragon". i like it so much. and i take it for my homework paper from my collage to analisys a novel.. hope you always succsesfull. :)

At 11:24:03 on Friday, December 03, 2010,  Cameron wrote:

I liked the film too. It was really funny and Toothless was cute. My favourite bits were when Hiccup, Astrid and Toothless were flying ("Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile"), and the end, with the S---------- G--------- M------. Yeah, I didn't say what - didn't want to spoil it for others.

At 19:16:28 on Monday, December 06, 2010,  Huw wrote:

That must have been very exiting!!!!!!! I've seen the film and it's great. I LOVE 3D

At 18:19:33 on Monday, February 21, 2011,  Alex wrote:

I just love how to train your dragon the dragons are amazing

At 00:41:45 on Sunday, March 27, 2011,  izzy wrote:

I saw How to Train your Dragon and I loved the movie and the books.

At 01:51:22 on Wednesday, December 15, 2010,  Melanie wrote:

i loved the movie i am 11 and i am a big fan of ur books

At 23:11:40 on Monday, February 14, 2011,  VikingGirl wrote:

I love your movie How To Train Your Dragon. It got me into the books. But i have a question. does the movie being 100% different from the book bother you? I love the movie, and the book, but it definatly bothers me the two are so different. And if you are in the mood for something funny... go to this link and check out the stuff your fans are writing. :D http://www.fanfiction.net/movie/How_to_Train_Your_Dragon/ i think you may like the results. :)

Hi VikingGirl, 

I am sorry that it bothers you the book and the movie are different. I have to say it doesn't really bother me, 1. because it's a really good movie and 2. because it introduced people like you to the books!

At 05:19:39 on Monday, January 31, 2011,  Britney wrote:

I love reading the how to train your dragon books.Their one of my favourites. The movie is also great!!! : ) Can't wait till how to steal a dragons sword comes out!!!!

At 11:40:00 on Thursday, February 17, 2011,  julia wrote:

I absolutely loved your book!! my favourite character is toothless(he's sooooo cute!) and i absolutely loved the movie too.

At 18:40:55 on Thursday, February 24, 2011,  KELLEY wrote:

I just saw the movie and I loved it!!! I fell in love with the drawings in the closing credits and it inspired me to visit your website. I will certainly be reading your books in the near future. Also, I love your island..what a wonderful way to grow up!

At 02:45:26 on Sunday, March 06, 2011,  susan wrote:

LOVED THE MOVIE TO DEATH. thank you for writing it and being a wonderful writer. I LOVED IT. especially the hiccup / stoic dynamic, father and son, it was amazing.

At 08:52:06 on Tuesday, May 24, 2011,  Kevin wrote:

Your illustrations are amazing and the imagination and drawings run wild!!! I can not wait for the 2nd movie to come out!=p Keep up the good work and I hope more books are coming!!!


Thanks Kevin! More books are definitely coming!

At 02:15:50 on Tuesday, March 29, 2011,  True wrote:

I LOVE your books! i'm on book 4 rite now but i wish i could meet you. Im 10 and if you write back i would appreciate it. :) from your big fan True


hi True - so glad you like the books - MY favourite is book 9, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

At 15:58:53 on Thursday, July 28, 2011,  Peggy Sims wrote:

We love your books! We plan to get all of them. My grandson loves the movie, which we own. We also saw the film several times in theaters before it was out on DVD. We wish Astrid were in your books. Does a girl chacter appear in any of the later books in the series?


Dear Peggy Sims, yes there is indeed a girl character in the books, very LIKE Astrid, as it happens. Her name is Camicazi and she first appears in book 3. Xcellent Dreamtroos (best wishes in Dragonese) Cressida

At 20:07:47 on Saturday, September 10, 2011,  Maggie wrote:

I absolutely LOVED the books and the film!! They were both breathtaking, and were wonderfully put together. I would definetly have to agree withyou Miss Cressida, the film is it's own wonderful story! But the books would have to be #1 on my list! You're fan, Maggie :-)


Dear Maggie, thank you so much! All best, Cressida