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#1 Jan 11 2005 at 1:24 AM Rating: Decent
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Sorry, I am too lazy to scan this forum to see if anyone else has posted about this...

I was honestly blown away by the fact that this was written by a 15 year old. You could easily notice the Tolkien influenct, but it was still a neat book.

http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/eragon/index.htm
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#2 Jan 15 2005 at 8:01 PM Rating: Decent
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i just fisnished that book last year ^^ pretty good

i hear the second one is coming out soon too
#3 Jan 18 2005 at 9:13 PM Rating: Decent
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A 15 year old wrote it? I didn't know that... I've had a few people tell me its a really good book and that I should read it. Perhaps now I will (as soon as I finish reading 'Once and Future King', 'the Stand', and a few Anne Rice books I need to catch up on...).
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#4 May 15 2005 at 11:16 AM Rating: Decent
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Eldest information

Release date: 8/23/05

Smiley: drool2 in anticipation
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#5 May 15 2005 at 4:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Well, it's a good book.

But I wouldn't call it heavily influenced by Tolkien as much as severely influenced by Eddings' Belgariad.

Not all of it though, but especially the way the magic works, and the dangers of it are seemingly just taken from Eddings.

The character of the story teller is just so akingly close to Belgarath (story teller is his cover too, and aren't the boy and the story teller connected in Eragon too?)

There seems to be a hint of Elizabeth Haydon's Destiny trilogy in it too.

But a lot of it might just be the problem of me reading too much fantasy in too short a period lol, that can cloud things a bit much.

Still quite fun to read and I'm eagerly awaiting part two!
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#6 May 23 2005 at 5:19 AM Rating: Default
I thougth Eragon was mindless, derivative, contrived, and offered absolutely nothing we haven't seen from both good and awful writers, and nothing more than a product of marketing. Personally I don't care if an author is 1052 or 2 years old, it doesn't change my view on the quality of his/her book. That said, everyone has different opinions.

One of the worst books I have ever read however fans can expect Eldest to be out in August.

Edited, Mon May 23 06:21:09 2005 by AinulindaleFBS
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#7 Oct 07 2005 at 2:27 PM Rating: Decent
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I thoroughly enjoyed both Eragon and Eldest(which i just finished yesterday).

Sure, it's not going to be added to the AP Cannon, but it's an entertaining read nonetheless.

As is the case with any classic high fantasy, it's not really anything new or groundbraking. But i LIKE stories about dragons and magic and elves and whatnot. I don't care if there are "better" fantasy novels out there.

One of the best books i've read in the past few years.

and for you literary snobs, by "best" i mean most enjoyable and entertaining, not some bullsh*t analytical garbage about how it's unoriginal or derived or whatever. I don't care about literary analysis becuase it doesn't matter. I enjoyed the story. If there were literary flaws or imperfections, i didn't notice because paying attention to such things takes the joy away from reading a new story.


I also just finished Magician:apprentice and Magician:Master (combined recently into one book - Magician) by Raymond Feist. probably something AinulindaleFBS would have a little more respect for, though personally no more or less enjoyable a read.
Now i'm continuing on with the rest of Feist's saga.

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#8 Oct 09 2005 at 10:28 AM Rating: Decent
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I must admit, I did look forward to part two. But I'm most likely not going to finish it any time soon, I enjoyed part one but the sequel is too boring to finish.

As always, this is a personal opinion, but there is much better to be found.
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#9 Jul 27 2006 at 12:29 PM Rating: Default
Whoa, it was written by a 15 year old? That's awesome.

I've been hearing that the movie is coming out soon .. does anyone know?
#10 Jul 30 2006 at 10:54 AM Rating: Good
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In theaters December 15th.

Personally, I like to see the movie then read the book. That way I'm not disappointed that my favorite part got dropped or things rearranged slightly from the book. Just my two cents.
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#11 Aug 10 2006 at 6:06 PM Rating: Good
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I actually just picked the book up the other day on suggestion from the clerk at the bookstore. Looking forward to it now :)
#12 Oct 07 2006 at 8:01 AM Rating: Decent
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No one has posted on this for awhile, was wondering if anyone has any information about the movie and when/if it is being released? I heard there was a 3rd book coming, but haven't seen anything more.
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#13 Oct 14 2006 at 8:23 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes I heard about thew third book too. The movie is released in december. I really enjoyed the books (Im fifteen lol) but I just read the Belgariad by Eddings and as someone pointed out it is quite heavy influenced. The writing isnt as good either in my opinion, but I loved the story.
#14 Oct 14 2006 at 10:47 AM Rating: Decent
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You're saying you didn't like the Belgariad or Eragon as much? I've read everything by David Eddings and loved every one of his books. He was my favorite author for a long long time. But now I have so many more authors that I like. I wonder when the 3rd Eragon book is coming out..been waiting it seems like forever!

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#15 Oct 24 2006 at 7:48 AM Rating: Good
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Just saw they're coming out with an Eragon video game for ps2, releasing in early November (before movie release in December). Normally, movie games suck, I wonder if this will suck too or be any good.
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#17 Nov 02 2006 at 1:24 PM Rating: Decent
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zomg, this thread is almost 2 years old. I guess this forum gets no love.


There is a trailer for the movie out, IIRC. I havent seen it yet, but I heard it was very D&D:The move-esque. Smiley: frown
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#18 Nov 21 2006 at 7:48 AM Rating: Decent
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Princess PsiChi wrote:
zomg, this thread is almost 2 years old. I guess this forum gets no love.


There is a trailer for the movie out, IIRC. I havent seen it yet, but I heard it was very D&D:The move-esque. Smiley: frown


They even have Jeremy Irons in it too..... dear god please keep the wayans brothers out of it this time....
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#19 Nov 21 2006 at 6:49 PM Rating: Good
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Althrun they just signed Keenan Ivory Wayans to play the part of Arya.
#20 Nov 22 2006 at 7:21 AM Rating: Decent
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Althrun they just signed Keenan Ivory Wayans to play the part of Arya.


go die in a ditch.









yes, I looked >_<. Bastards would find my picture under gullible.
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#21 Nov 22 2006 at 12:48 PM Rating: Good
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HAHAHA sorry man I couldn't resist. I also was forced to view that trainwreck of a film. When is the third book due out anyways? A friend of mine made me read Eldest which I enjoyed. Although Eragon is a @#%^ when it comes to Arya.
#22 Nov 27 2006 at 10:41 AM Rating: Decent
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I think Irons does a good fantasy setting character. In D&D, it was the poor script that brought the movie down in flames, not a lack of quality acting. I think, provided that the story itself holds together on film, we shouldn't fear anything on the acting scene.
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#23 Dec 05 2006 at 2:54 PM Rating: Decent
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i read Eragon, pretty good book, reading Elderest right now :3

... he was born exactly a day after i was XD /laugh ok done now
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#25 Dec 09 2006 at 11:13 PM Rating: Good
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Never read the books but the trailer for the movie looks awsome. Maybe because a lot of people are saying its lotr-ish and I'm a huge fan of lotr but I can not wait to go see this. Then I will probably stop at a book store somewhere and pick up the books. I know...I know..I should read the books first but honestly I read the lotr books after the movies and still thought the books were better. So I'm sure the movie won't spoil me :P
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#26 Dec 12 2006 at 9:14 AM Rating: Decent
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I've read them, and found the writing good but poor or forced in areas. Yes, it is written by someone younger but it helps when the parents pubish it, hehe.

I'm sure theres millions of excellent stories that any of you could successfully write with the right help editting, the boost of a publisher already in place (hangup for a lot of writers), and good marketing. It's a good story, and I'm looking forward to more fantasy by this writer in the future.

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Common Sense Media, a family-friendly review site, was particularly scathing, stating that, "It's not long, however, before they begin to notice the long-winded descriptions, the clichés and hackneyed dialogue, and the derivative nature of the plot—straight out of Star Wars by way of The Lord of the Rings, with bits of other great fantasies thrown in here and there. That this is a great achievement for one so young is undeniable, and many children will love it. It certainly ranks right up there with other derivative, overblown fantasies written by adults, such as Terry Brooks's Sword of Shannara series.
#27 Dec 24 2006 at 8:12 AM Rating: Good
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Eragon is a terrible book, I'm sorry. Paolini should finish the third book and give up writing. Why? Well I'm not going to go into the obvious plagierism (and some pages of the book are nearly word for word from other books), or that his writing is too cliche'. A writer can use alot of cliche' and still pull off a good read.

My arguments are on his flat characters, their complete lack of personality, and Eragon's obvious Mary Sue-ism. You expect me to believe a 15 year old boy can learn how to be a master swordsman in the time span of a few months? He's supposed to have this great bond with Saphira but treats her like crap. He's not a hero, he's an ass. Every page I've read it felt like Paolini was insterting himself into the character and everything about Eragon has to be perfect. Everyone loves him in spite of him being a pompous ass, and his interactions with the characters are wholely unrealistic.

Paolini himself is a terrible writer. Examples could be found in such turns of phrase as "Sorry" Brom apologized or how he describes Arya's hair as black twice in the same paragraph. The story it's self is loosely structured and barely stays together. I loathe the characters. All of them. The only one I feel bad for is the guy on the toll bridge because he's probalby thinking sh*t! I've been in this scene before, and it was better written!

Really I could go on, but I'm afraid I'd start foaming at the mouth.
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#28 Dec 24 2006 at 8:15 AM Rating: Good
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Oh and to reiterate why Paolini is such a bad author.

He started writing Eragon when he was 15, finished it when he was around 18 I believe. No one would touch his book because of how awful it was so his parents published it for him. (whatever you might read, Chris himself comes from money.)

People tout him off as a prodigy, but he's certainly not. There have been better and younger writers than he.

Here's a contrast:

As I've said before, Paolini started when he was 15 and finished close to when he was 18. Mary Shelley was around the same age as Paolini and took roughly the same amount of time to write Frankenstein, which is infinitely more memorable, and better written.

/end haterade.
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#29 Dec 26 2006 at 5:03 PM Rating: Decent
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I never read the book, but about the movie: it's not that bad. But is it me or i've already heard that story before, in a galaxy far, far away?


SPOILER ALERT*** ...Pretty much everything is spoiled...

last chance. stop reading if you don't know the story.


Movie start with an king/emperor's general pursuing a princess with a stolen item. He captures her but she send the stolen thing away. It's found by a farm-boy, raised by his uncle and no knowledge of his parents.

The guy finds an old master of an ancient order and learns magic tricks from him. They go save the princess and the master dies in the hand of the evil general. Hero and princess goes find the resistance and with the help of the stolen thing, they win a fight.

The Bad Guy is from the same order as the master and betrayed and killed everyone else.

If by the end of the serie, the bad guy is the hero's father, i'll be deeply dissapointed.



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Yeah, not a bad movie, but not really original.
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#30 Dec 29 2006 at 6:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Lilf wrote:
He's supposed to have this great bond with Saphira but treats her like crap. He's not a hero, he's an ass. Every page I've read it felt like Paolini was insterting himself into the character and everything about Eragon has to be perfect. Everyone loves him in spite of him being a pompous ass, and his interactions with the characters are wholely unrealistic.
Well, Eragon is a teenager, and that is a rather accurate description of every teenager I have ever interacted with.

As for the movie, I do not know if it is something I will go see. Mainly because the "faimly friendly" crap radio station I have to listen to at work is touting this movie as one of the best family movies of the year. Avril Levin is on the soundtrack... [:shudder:]

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#31 Dec 30 2006 at 5:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Do NOT see the movie if you've already read the book. If you HAVE read the book, you will be SOOOO angry during the movie you won't be able to appreciate the 3* out of 5* special effects, or the hotness that is Arya.

See the movie first, THEN read the book, if that option is still available.

I SERIOUSLY wanted to walk out at the very beginning of that movie for everything they did wrong. The movie is short. They COULD HAVE made it a half hour longer, and put MORE things in there from the book to make the readers happier.

I'm pissed. I want to storm the director and kick his ass.
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