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eragon.jpg“Eragon” by Christopher Paolini

“Eragon” is the first book of the Inheritance Trilogy. The sequel is Eldest, which was released in mid-2005, and the third has yet to be confirmed. Eragon is set in the land of Alagaësia and is a story about a farmboy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira. The book has been adapted into a film, which was released on December 15, 2006 in various countries. – Description from wikipedia

Many reviewers call this book derived, and a re-establishment of other well told tales as “Star Wars”, “Lord of the Rings”, and the “Dragonriders of Pern”. Here’s the thing about “Eragon” even if it is derived and not original its original in how he retold the story.

Paolini immerses you in a world that feel familiar yet is new and draws you in to explore it. The same thing that drew people to “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” are the same things present in the Inheritance Books. This is what makes this story so captivating.

He took source material and repacked it as his own entertaining tale. You know how the story was told and yet you still want to know this story. There hasn’t been an original story around for decades and there probability never will be, Harry Potter excluded. Hollywood as of late hasn’t really had an original idea, for original tales you must look to indie films. “Hollywood is looking books, old television shows, and even comics to find ideas, and most times they hack them to death.

The amazing thing about “Eragon” is at his young age of 15, Paolini wrote this book. His style is reminiscent of someone twice his age. Keeping this in mind, the creativeness at which he blended several sources to create his story is amazing. You must remember that he grew up in a world where original thought has been mined at large and creativeness has been droned out by modern society.

His use of the established ideas is inventive, and entertaining. For those who criticized have had to picked up the book to read it, for some reason. Take ‘Star Wars’ for example George Lucas wasn’t the first to come up with the idea, he was just the first to mine it into gold. Tolkien wasn’t the first to write an epic story, he’s just the most notable in the genre.

If “Eragon” is taken at face value a story of a farm boy who discovers a magical stone that turns out to be a dragon and goes on an adventure is an entertain plot. It’s a story that has become a bestseller, beloved and read by millions. His writings style is detailed and a real page turner because you care for the character and you want to know what happens to the characters in his book.

This book is far superior than the movie would have you believe. Since “Lord of the Rings” Hollywood thinks it can mine book for a buck and just throw anything on the screen. Nothing can capture the audience as the “Lord of the Rings” did. If Hollywood isn’t going to been faithful to the source material then they should leave it alone. The source material is what makes it worth mining and should at least keep the same faith in which the story was told.

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