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I really did not know what to expect going into this. I absolutely love the movies that this book inspired and wasn't sure how they would compare to the book series.
To start off, the movie is vastly different from the book. It doesn't really follow the book at all. The plot is different. The characters are slightly different. Even Toothless is different. That's not a bad thing, but for people who have seen the movie, don't expect that book to be anything like it. The movie takes the very basic elements and build upon them.
Having said that, the book is amazing. I really enjoyed it. After I got used to how different it is from the movie, I was complete absorbed in it. Fun writing style (I always love Cowell), great development. Such a pleasure to read.
There were some things I did like better about the movie. There are very few women/girls in the book so I do really like the incorporation of more females in the movie. There were also some quite graphic and gory scenes I wasn't expecting. Exploding dragons, eating sheep, cannibalism. More violent that I was expecting, but still a very entertaining and fun book.
Overall, a great read. I already have the second book and will certainly be continuing this series.