A friend of mine recently attended FantasyCon and Westercon in Utah. They were able to participate in a panel on Dragons and why they are still popular. While I was not able to attend either convention, I will admit that I do have a thing for Dragons. They are absolutely and unequivocally my favorite fantasy creature. In fact, every single book I’ve ever written (and I’m on the tenth book now) has either had a dragon in it or a creature that is a representation of a dragon in one form or another. Dragons are hands down the coolest creatures of fantasy…but why do we still love them?
Well, I like dragons because they are so versatile. You can have colored dragons that do cool thing based on their color and the element they represent which also coincides with the climate in which they live like in the Dragonlance books. Or you can have them be the classical fire-drakes from the north like in the Hobbit. They can be good or they can be evil. Related to elves or enemies of them. They can be big or they can be small. In point of fact, there are as many different types of dragons as there are different types of people. They are a strong enough fantasy element that they can survive, and even thrive, with each new rendition they encounter. And that is what I think still draws us to them. They are that timeless element of fantasy that stretches from Tolkein up through Rowling. They are the connection between an old world and a new.
Why do you all love them? Please let me know in the comments below. What makes dragons so appealing when dwarves and elves have lost much of their savor? Why are dragons still so special?