I like to think more, that Astrid *didn't* fall for Hiccup in just one day. I figure she saw some good qualities in him, but with all the negativity going around too in the first movie, it's not something you focus on a lot.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I like to think that as well. I mean, its another thing I’ve written about that I can’t really search atm because I’m in a social situation (#Hiccstrid talk might have it?), but working some reasonability into Astrid’s very obvious writer-flubbed ‘return affection’ is just a burden all Astrid-fans must bear.
Gift of the Night Fury did us all a HUGE favor.
The first movie screwed Astrid’s character, but it was just barely salvageable. GotNF assured us that both she and Hiccup were capable of a healthy relationship, despite their tropey-shotgun situation. HTTYD2 straight up confirmed that they were healthy and happy. Like… thank the gods for GotNF and HTTYD2
RTTE went backwards, got weird, kinda “restarted” them and tried to ‘ignore’ what the movies did but, sorry kids, the movies happened. We fell in love with the movies. Don’t ignore the movies. Work with them, not around them. Please.