Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Ruffles my scales.

It never seems to fail, every time I get some fun new idea somebody else beats me to the punch. Katie and my close friends have heard this song many times before.
This is nothing big but just recently I finished reading the fantasy novel Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It blows me away that he wrote that just after finishing high school at age 15! Anyway, while reading it I came up with an idea for a dragon based on the character Saphira the main dragon in the book.
What if a dragon was more like a bird then a reptile? What I mean is its scales would look and behave more like feathers. The scales would be longer while sticking out and they would ruffle and move like the way a bird does when it puffs up. It could also have extra long scales on it's head that it could move up and down like a Cockatoo. Instead of bat like wings with stretched skin, it has very long scales that look and act like feathers on an eagle's wings. I did this rough doodle at work on the back of my daily tear off calendar of what it could look like.

I'm not naive enough to think that I'm the first and only person to create this concept but it was fresh and original to me!
Well, just last night I finally allowed myself to watch the theatrical trailer for Eragon, I wanted to wait until I had finished the book before I saw anything. Something caught my eye in watching it and I couldn't believe it. There was a dragon that I'm sure was Saphira and on its wings were none other than scales that looked like feathers! I should be getting use to this by now and besides, why should I be the only one who comes up with ideas like this? On the bright side this means my ideas are generally good and work well in entertainment.
I'm really not that upset about this very small concept, but I thought that it was good example what seems to happen to a lot of my ideas.


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