Although I find Dany a good character, she is not my favorite one. I am mostly fascinated with House Targaryen itself, with their exotic Valyrian roots and features, the dragons and their connection to magic, the way they seemed almost godlike compared to the rest of Westeros, standing above the other Lords, as well as the greatness\madness dichotomy that exists in their history. After reading tPatQ, however, my opinion has changed.
The dragons are not noble, magical creatures, but brutish, murderous animals who kill indiscriminately, and don't appear to be very intelligent. The Targs in the novella were not the noble and mystical dragonlords I pictured as the Targaryens of the past, but were mostly power-hungry assholes, like Aemond, or Daemon. And don't get me started on Aegon II, probably the worst scumbag of them all. They seemed very... human, in the worst ways, acting more like Greyjoys and Umbers than the dragonlords I had in my mind. Their dragonriding made me picture them as typical fantasy warriors, flying on magical and magnificent creatures. Now they look more like thugs with powerful animals.
It has changed my opinion on House Targaryen significantly, and although I still think they changed Westeros for the better, and they did have great members, like Baelor Breakspear, Jahaerys I or Egg, they no longer seem as larger than life figures to me, and there's nothing magical or alien with them. They're just people. Plus I like the dragons much less now. I like to believe that Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters are more similar to how I pictured the Targaryens, noble, exotic and mystical, and the dynasty strayed from Aegon's and his sisters' standards as the years went on.
Edited by Panos Targaryen, 07 December 2013 - 09:27 AM.