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First, I just want to say that I approve of the trend lately of making 3-d movies. Coraline was amazing, and one of the few original movies I have seen in a long time.

How to Train Your Dragon wasn’t very original at all – it was actually a very predictable tale of how a bright outcast makes friends and eventually gains the respect and trust of both his father and his community. I think kids like these outcast to hero tales because we all feel a little out of place sometimes – like no one respects us and no one cares. But the animation of this movie, and the amazingly diverse characteristics of the dragons really made the movie.

And I’m actually amazed how many kids movies have a romantic theme – when I was that young, I wasn’t thinking of getting a boyfriend, I was more worried about my soccer team. So the romance between the main characters, Hiccup and Astrid, comes across as a little forced – more for parents than for kids.

But the Vikings’ island and their gruff personalities are appealing, and the dragons’ dilemma is exciting for kids. I actually want to read the book now, because I’m sure the book is better than the movie (per usual). So, all in all, this movie is worth seeing – plus, the 3-d effects of the dragons flying around and above the audience = AWESOME!

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Since Borders has to repay over $40 million by April 1, I was pessimistic but PW just posted this:

Borders Close to Refinancing?

“A report from Bloomberg says that Borders is close to arranging new financing that would allow it to repay a $42.5 million loan due to stockholder William Ackman. The loan is due April 1. Borders had no comment.”

That was the whole article. I sort of feel like Borders should give up the ghost and just accept defeat. They have been on the “border” (pun intended) of bankruptcy for years – let it die already.

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In case you are trying to get published, you should know that there are a lot of scams out there in the world. There are fake publishers, editors, agents, etc., who will all try to take your money. Sometimes it’s really really hard to tell who’s fake and who’s not.

I just want to call everyone’s attention to a great site called Writer Beware, sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

This site will show writers what to watch out for with contests, vanity presses, independent editors, etc. It even outlines what good editors, agents, and publishing professionals should be doing so that those new to the industry are aware.

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