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My Favorite Dragonriders


I just saw the news (in EW, of all places) that there’s finally going to be a Dragonriders of Pern movie. I am thrilled, elated, and scared.

This series is one of my most beloved in the sci fi realm – I started reading it in my early teens, and fell in love with it.

My mom had this bookshelf in our third bedroom, next to where the dogs were crated at night. The shelves went up and up and up to the ceiling in the tiny home, and about in the middle were her two shelves of sci fi and fantasy books.

It was my own personal reading library, and it was where I first discovered Pern.

I have very personal memories of these books. For Christmas when I was 17, I asked for (and got) “Moreta”, one of my favorite Pern books. My Dad had no idea what it was about, but bless him, he bought it for me anyhow, and I read it that night, cover to cover.

As a closeted teenager, I also secretly thrilled to the fact that there were gay dragonriders = it was one of my first exposures to gays in fiction.

I even envisioned a trip to McCaffrey’s home in Ireland to knock on the door of the great writer, to sit at her feet while she told me stories of how she came up with this amazing world.

So as I said, it is with great trepidation and great excitement that I contemplate a movie based on these books. I know how each character looks (in my head). I know how they sound. Will the movie be true to the books? Will it match what’s in my head?

Did you love these books as much as I did? What do you think?

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