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Book spotlight (Young Adult): Eragon by Christopher Paolini


  • lallypop 6 years ago

    Sounds like a better developed analysis than some. Good comments.

  • Kim 6 years ago

    I totally agree with you Sarah. Yes, the author is fairly good for writing such a popular book at the age of 19. I found that reading Eragon (and the two following books) was enjoyable, but kind of like a slightly tweaked cookie recipe. A story about a boy (or girl) who has to make a tremendous journey, learn a lot of important life lessons, with lovable and memorable side characters is like the chocolate chip cookie of fantasy literature. A very standard cookie. Paolini basically took the story and added , let's say, peanut butter chips. I really want to enjoy a new cookie, which doesn't have a standard storyline. I want something new and innovative when it comes to a plot, like some candied ginger or dried mango. Because really, who wants to eat the same cookie EVERY TIME?

  • Melody 6 years ago

    I haven't read the books. This is partially because I had a friend in high school who was obsessed with them, and when the movie came she dragged everyone she knew to it. There was way too much hype for a story that just could not deliver, and I have not been able to make myself pick up the books since.

  • John 6 years ago

    Wow, you didn't take any of the cheap shots. Congratulations. Most people (including myself) when they talk about the Inheritence Cycle, usually comment on how much it rips off the Star Wars trilogy. Eragon, the poor farmer, discovers that he's connected to an extinct organization of peacekeepers, gets his adoptive family killed, and is forced to leave his home with a cranky old man.

    Anyway, great critique. I really enjoyed your insights.

  • John 6 years ago

    About the trivia question, I know the dwarves worship multiple gods, but isn't one of them named Helsvog?

  • Dagda 6 years ago

    I liked the first one. I could read it and get through it. I couldn't get into the second one because I had forgotten what had happened in the first one and he left the first one at a critcal point (if i remember correctly). I don't have time to re-read one book so I can read another. I hate it when authors do that. A saga should flow among its book brethren, I didn't think this flowed. Thanks for the Review!

    I am running out of odd things to say,

  • Kylandra 6 years ago

    I read the first two books and liked them quite a bit. However, upon a second read I immediately noticed the parallels to Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings without having heard anything about them.
    I'm not altogether surprised at the underdeveloped story and "borrowed" plot. He wrote these books at a very young age and was published by his parents' publishing company. I wonder if we would have these books today if his parents didn't have a connection to a publishing company.

  • SarahLindesmith 6 years ago

    Kim: mmm, cookies...

    Kylandra: I wonder that too. I'm all for new authors getting published, but I think the manuscript needs to be good enough to sell itself - and I don't think Eragon was really at publishing point yet. Paolini really should have waited to develop his own unique voice in the world before being anchored as "the brilliant young author of the Inheritance Saga" etc. etc. etc.
    What will happen when he finally publishes a book that has a mature, well-developed sense of self? His fans will probably turn away from it since it will be so different than Eragon. Worse, if Paolini realizes this, he might never change his writing... which would be a shame and a waste of great potential. I guess we'll have to see.

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