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What do you think of Eragon? I think it's really cool, but it should be little more original! It's made of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and a few other stories like that!
Does anyone know how old Paolini was when he started writing Eragon? Does anyone have one of the books published by his family?
Well, it isn't surprising that Eragon seems similar to Lord of the Rings and Star Wars (among others). Christopher Paolini is writing a fairly classic coming-of-age fantasy work, so you're bound to have many similarities with previously published works.
It's next to impossible to be truly original with regards to fiction. Regardless of the story you come up with *someone* will have had a similar idea, or they will have read something that's almost the same. Even the best and "most original" works fall into this category.
As for your question on age, iirc Paolini was 15 when he wrote Eragon and first published it.
It is hard to be original in fiction. When I write a fiction story for school, I look back at it and realize it looks an awful lot like Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings, or some other fantasy!
I think Paolini's age had a lot to do with the fact that his prose had distictive echos of other highly regarded authors in the fantasy genre. Even though I didn't particularly care for the book, you've got to admire the kid for all the work he put in. I'm curious to see if his writing gains more complexity and depth as he himself ages and gains more experience.
I have yet to read Eldest. Is it any better?
I think Eldest is a lot better than Eragon, because Paolini is maturing, and his writing is getting better and a little more original too.
I thought the story was good, (though, as you mentioned, it has a lot of thematic ties to other works), but the writing really threw me off. Paolini's ideas are sound, but I REALLY think he needed a good editor. There's a lot of extraneous word use and choppy dialogue; the story would be a lot stronger with all that stuff pared down and smoothed out.
I noticed what seemed to be a surprising lack of editing myself in the first book. In places it appeared absent altogether, as if the editors were in so much of a hurry to catch the coattails of Rowling that they had one meeting, said "No, no, it's fine. Just leave it already!" and sent it to the printers. It was enough of a bother at certain points to yank me out of the story while I mentally went through the editing processes thinking "The story would be much stronger if they took this out, said this here, moved this bit over a page or two to build tension..."
I know what you mean! It got really hard to read it sometimes, I just started doing mental editing. Maybe the company just took the work that his parents edited, and published that.
I love the books, even if the editing is a little poor! Eragon is excellent for a work written by a 15 year old! Eldest is a better work, and it shows how mature he's become-at least in his writing!
I'd have to agree with the lacking of editing in Eragon. It felt bogged down in places - like the character wasn't getting anywhere and neither was I. Though, overall, I enjoyed it and was very impressed with it given Paolini's age at the time. Eldest is much better, though still not great. I'm only halfway through it at this point, and it is definitely flowing better.
Do we know when Paolini will finish with third book in the Inheritance Trilogy.
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