It occurred to me that a good deal of my friends on DeviantArt are fans of dragons (or at least good sentient ones, as opposed to the ones that are just evil monsters), so I thought it could be fun to discuss just how we all became fans of the majestic creatures!
In my case, I didn't become a fan of dragons until High School...before then, I don't think I ever really had read many books or watched many films that specially featured them as good guys. Heck, I even missed out on playing the Spyro games, but then again, I didn't have a Playstation, so that's vaguely understandable! I also remember a bunch of my friends being fans of the Inheritance Cycle at one point, but I wasn't interested in reading it. I think I even briefly soured towards the idea of dragons for a while after someone I knew at school tried to write a story about a world full of dragons...things didn't go so well.
But a few years after that, I was visiting the local library for no real reason, and I ended up checking out an old series of books by Bruce Coville called The Magic Shop Books; all standalone (well, there's some continuity) books where some kid ends up in this weird magic shop, leaves with some mystical item, and chaos ensues. Anyway, the second book in the series (Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher) is all about a kid who raises a dragoness (who he names Tiamat); the two develop a mental bond and share thoughts, and the whole book is pretty much about how he cares for her; leading up to a tragic finale with an ultimately happy ending (don't worry, she doesn't die)!
After reading that, I found myself wanting more of the same. By a freak coincidence, a few days back my dad had snagged me a copy of the Graphic Novel of Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey which he'd found at a library sale, and so I decided to start on that next. I didn't really understand what was going on in it because it was kind of written for somebody who'd already read the books, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and I went to another library (at the time, I had cards for two different regional libraries because I lived in one place and schooled in another) and checked out the books that were available. Dragonsong and Dragonsinger I thought were okay, but I loved The White Dragon (Ruth!) and after that, I began tracking down the books, which took me some time.
About a year later, while killing time during lunch, I popped into my school library and decided to compare their Dragonriders of Pern collection to my own. As I did, I noticed a book nearby with a dragon on the cover and a recommendation by Anne McCaffrey...His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik; the first book of the Temeraire series. I remember I decided to have a quick read and see if the series was any good, and a few hours later I was backtracking across town to get the entire series out from the library! I eventually got the first five books for Christmas that year (2009).
Some time later (after having seen the How To Train Your Dragon movie), I remembered the Spyro series that I'd never managed to play, and decided to look it up on Wikipedia just to see what the series had been all about. I ended up getting really interested in the story of the Legend of Spyro series, and decided to check DeviantArt for fan-art (as I usually did when I found something new)! This led to me discovering a HUGE trove of Spyro fan universes and characters, and even more dragon characters from original worlds and settings! I'd link them here, but there's honestly so many...check my favourites! Although I will credit specifically, because her work led to me reading the Age of Fire series by E.E.Knight!
That's the most interesting parts of the story, really...the rest is just me finding random movies and books with good dragons in them while browsing the internet or second hand stores, and tracking them down. So that's my story...what's yours?