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    Default 3rd book of the Inheritance Cycle is named Brisingr and new release date

    Book 3 now officially has a name - BRISINGR! Christopher Paolini explains, "BRISINGR is one of the first words I thought of for this title, and it’s always felt right to me. As the first ancient-language word that Eragon learns, it has held particular significance for his legacy as a Dragon Rider. In this new book, it will be revealed to be even more meaningful than even Eragon could have known."

    Random House has also released the book cover of Brisingr, which will feature the golden dragon Glaedr on a black cover with the familiar golden text.

    In addition to the announcement of the book title, Random House has changed the release date of Brisingr from September 23, 2008 to September 20, 2008, after an out-pouring of enthusiasm from book sellers and fans to hold midnight release parties on Friday night, September 19th. The book will now go on sale at 12:01 AM on Saturday, September 20th, 2008.

    Brisingr will have an initial first print of 2.5 million copies - the largest first print of any Random House children's book. An audio version of Brisingr> will release simultaneously with the book itself.
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    Curious to see how he's going to split the loose ends
    噢如果超人会飞
    那就让我在空中停一停歇
    再次俯瞰这个世界
    会让我觉得好一些

    哦拯救地球好累
    虽然有些疲惫但我还是会
    不要问我哭过了没
    因为超人不能有眼泪

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    his books are boring

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    WOOT!

    My wait will come to an end.. eventually!(._.")

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    Finally.

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    LOL

    Can't you tell that he plagerises everything?

    His entire story is just Star Wars.

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    Alas, the HS Inheritance Trilogy taboo is broken once again!
    I'll leave it to Firewizzy.

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    Oh my god it's discussion time.

    Read this: http://www.hidden-street.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=23496

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    Book Review of the Inheritance Cycle
    Why is the Inheritance series so heavily criticized?
    by firewizardjt


    The Inheritance Cycle, including the books Eragon and Eldest, written by Christopher Paolini, are New York Times Best Sellers, with more than 8 million copies sold worldwide. Inheritance is an immensely popular series that is read by many and it has been praised as a great piece of writing. It author, Paolini, has also been hailed as a young genius and a great writer. However, it has received just as much negative publicity and has been criticized time and time again. Why is the Inheritance Cycle so heavily critisised, why should it be considered a piece of bad writing and why is Paolini not a good writer?

    List of Criticisms

    - Bad Writing
    - Showing, Not Telling
    - Pacing
    - Flow of language
    - Information dumping
    - Too cliché
    - Purple Prose
    - Use of the word ‘said’
    - Characters
    - Duex ex machina
    - Inconsistencies
    - Plagiarism
    - Publication

    Bad Writing

    There are many reasons why the Inheritance Trilogy was badly written and are listed below.

    Showing, Not Telling

    This is an important rule in writing and many writers and even students know about it. The main thing for the writer to do is to show action instead of summarising. Of course, both telling and showing are acceptable depending on the context of the book. The writer does not have to show everything. In some cases, the writer has to tell and sometimes telling is the best way to advance the plot. Many books are written with summaries in them and the story work very well. In summarising, one has to avoid a plain and boring narrative, but apart from that, summarising is not necessarily bad. Inheritance, after all, involves a lot of telling.


    Both Eragon and Eldest are very long books, and involve a lot of telling instead of showing. However, this works against the book. By itself, a sentence involving either telling or showing does not make a big difference. In fantasy and adventure oriented books like Eragon, showing is often preferable to telling. It is up to the read to interpret the story as they will. This relates the book with real life, in which we observe going-ons and draw conclusions from them. When one shows, the writer is giving the reader a chance to be the character or be in the character’s position in the particular situation. The reader will be able to see and feel what is going on around him, trusting that he knows what is happening, rather than the writer simply telling him what he is supposed to be feeling.

    Example:

    A broad row of steps led to the cathedral’s entrance. Eragon solemnly ascended them and stopped before the door. I wonder if I can go in? Almost guiltily he pushed on the door. It swung open smoothly, gliding on oiled hinges. He stepped inside.

    --Eragon, Chapter: Worshippers of Helgrind

    Here is a classic example of telling rather than showing. Although Paolini shows, in the literal sense in which he describes the surrounding: ‘We are told that ‘Eragon solemnly ascended them’ and ‘Almost guiltily he pushed on the door’. If Paolini told us that Eragon hesitated before entering, we would have inferred that he was unwilling. This is showing and it would have made the story a little more engaging and interesting. This is possibly what separates the good books from the bad ones. Readers will often tell you that the reason that they enjoy a certain book is because they felt like they were in the book, that they could what was happening, that they empathized with and could relate to the characters and because the writer managed to turn emotion and events into words. This is something Eragon and Eldest lack. If the story lacks this, the reader will not care what happens to the characters or where the story goes, and they will stop reading the book or simply read it for the sake of reading. Some people have stated that they do not care what happens to Eragon and the other main characters and simply want to know what will happen at the end of the series.

    Pacing

    Pacing involves the way the words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters and scenes are placed together in order to give a definite 'feeling'. This is one of the reasons why there are times when summarizing an event is more advantageous than outright showing what really happened. There are gaps which the reader must fill themselves. There are 'action' scenes and long, drawn out emotional of philosophical scenes, and everything in between, which the reader must be allowed to make connections with, to be able to fully understand and enjoy the story. Once again, the writer must give the reader the freedom of imagination, which causes the story to be engaging. They are captivated because they can hardly feel the passage of time as they read, as the writer takes them through each scene as they should be taken, with their heart pounding at some pages, and their tears flowing at others. If the writer can accomplish this, they are indeed excellent at the art of writing, for they can manipulate the language and the way it is used to tell the reader what to think even when giving the reader the freedom of text interpretation and imagination. When a novel is paced properly, the reader swallows every single word the writer throws at them because they know they are being taken care of.

    Pacing is a problem that Christopher Paolini has. He cannot pace things properly. We must recall once more that there are many cases in which Paolini 'shows' us events almost action by action, even when they are unnecessary. Much of Eragon's training was badly paced. It usually starts out as long descriptions of what Eragon was doing, and then peters out and ends in a quick "So Eragon did this and that" summary. It leaves many readers confused and disoriented, attempting to figure out what the writer is trying to tell them.

    Flow of language

    The flow of a story technically is the rhythm of the story’s words. It is what draws a reader in and makes them turn the page. It makes the reader interested and wanting to read more to know what happens. Authors utilize flow by arranging their words and sentences in such a way that is aesthetically pleasing to the reader. The prose becomes more like a thought process than a narrative and the story flows smoothly. Authors also keep the readers interested and wanting more by withholding the most interesting parts of the books to be revealed later, to keep the reader excited and eager to continue reading.

    In Eragon and Eldest, the sentence structure was not good and one sentence did not link well with the next. Paolini disrupted the story just to insert description and give unnecessary information, when he should have been concentrating on the plot and the situation at hand. It seemed that everything that the author wanted to tell us was spilling out, unorganized. Thus, the story did not have flow and it was a chore to continue reading the book. For me, I forced myself to read on simply because I heard that it was good.

    Example-

    A tall Shade lifted his head and sniffed the air. He looked human except for his crimson hair and maroon eyes. He blinked in surprise.

    --Eragon, page 1

    Here, Paolini stops the story to insert description. This disrupts the flow of the story. In Eragon and Eldest, it happens in almost every paragraph, resulting in the story’s flow being disrupted so much that the sentences did not fit well with each other confusing and irritating the reader.





    Information Dumping

    Information dumping is a situation that occurs when the writer stops the story for the sole purpose of description and giving the reader unnecessary information that does not have anything to do with the story at that point. This stops the story’s flow and disrupts the pacing which could lead the reader to becoming bored and stop reading the book from being frustrated at the slow pace of the book. Information dumping usually also causes the writer to use purple prose.

    In Eragon and Eldest this happens everywhere, which causes the story to be disrupted and it loses its flow.

    Example-

    Around him shuffled twelve Urgals with short swords and round iron shields painted with black symbols. They resembled men with bowed legs and thick, brutish arms made for crushing. A pair of twisted horns grew above their small ears. The monsters hurried into the brush, grunting as they hid.

    --Eragon, page 1

    Here, Paolini inserts the Urgal’s description right after he introduces them. Instead of letting us find out about the Urgals ourselves from the story, he chunks them and their description at us. Not only does it disrupt the flow of the story, it also makes the story less interesting.

    Too Cliché

    Clichés aren’t always a bad thing. Clichéd plotlines or character types can be interesting and amusing in the hands of a competent author. A good author can make us sympathize with the good character, even if he or she is clichéd and predictable. A good author can make us like a feel- good ending and make us happy for the character, even if that was what we knew would happen all along.

    Cliché descriptions, however, are not good at all. They are usually a side-effect of purple prose, which Paolini’s work is full of. They are boring for the reader as these descriptions, these kinds of characters and these types of plots are nothing the reader have not seen before. It seemly makes the book, its ideas, its characters and the plot itself old and boring. In Eragon and Eldest, almost every description is clichéd and can be counted as purple prose.

    Examples-

    Between these two rode a raven-haired elven lady, who surveyed her surroundings with poise. Framed by long black locks, her deep eyes shone with a driving force. Her clothes were unadorned, yet her beauty was undiminished.
    --Eragon, page 1

    The Shade blinked in surprise. The message had been correct: they were here. Or was it a trap? He weighed the odds, then said icily, “Spread out; hide behind trees and bushes. Stop whoever is coming . . . or die.”

    --Eragon, page 1

    The first example is riddled with clichés. There are at least seven clichéd descriptions in these few sentences. These kind of old and useless clichés can be found in almost every pulp fantasy book but should not be found in any author’s book, let alone a well known author’s novel.

    In this second example, it is cliché mostly due to the death threat. Perhaps other villains like Sauron in Lord of the Rings or Darth Vader in Star Wars could use it and get away with it, but it isn’t very effective here, as this kind of death threat is nothing new and because the reader just does not feel scared of the Shade. For the other two villains, they can be scary as we know what they have done and what they are capable of. However, the Shade has just been introduced. We do not know what evil things he had committed before and we do not know the extent of his power. Thus, the reader does not feel scared of him and the cliché just fell flat.

    Purple Prose

    Purple prose is a term of literary criticism, used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so overly extravagant, ornate or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. Purple prose is sensuously evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It also refers to writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response. Modern critics use purple prose to refer to any writing that is undermined by its overstylized and formulaic nature. Purple prose is often marked by amateurish description. Paolini has both faults.

    His descriptions are almost always purple prose. His descriptions were often long, unnecessary phrases filled with flowery description and sometimes containing complicated words. The fact that he has to rely on such amateurish description only makes him look bad, while he might think that using such bombastic words and long descriptions make him look clever.

    Examples-

    "Three white horses cantered towards the ambush, their heads held high and proud, their coats rippling in the moonlight like liquid silver."

    --Eragon, page 2

    This is a sentence obviously filled with purple prose. The description of the horses were long, ornate, flowery and absolutely unnecessary.

    “Eragon ran a hand over his face and looked up at the stars showing through Farthen Dûr's distant top, which were smudged with sooty smoke from the pyre. Three days. Three days since he had killed Durza; three days since people began calling him Shadeslayer; three days since the remnants of the sorcerer's consciousness had ravaged his mind and he had been saved by the mysterious Togira Ikonoka, the Cripple Who Is Whole.”

    --Eldest, page 1

    In this second example, it is purple prose although it does not really contain flowery and clichéd descriptions. The main reason why it is purple prose is because it contains many unnecessary words. The words ‘three days’ are repeated again and again for three times and is used to make the paragraph even longer. The title of ‘Togira Ikonoka, the Cripple Who Is Whole’ is also unnecessary.

    Use of the word ‘Said’

    This is one of the most obvious signs of an amateur writer is that he or she will try to avoid the word ‘said’ as much as possible. When they do use the word ‘Said’ they often attach an adverb or other modifier to it, instead of letting the dialogue speak for itself. There is nothing wrong with using the word ‘said’. Well-written dialogue speaks for itself, with or without said and other adverbs. The reader knows from the dialogue that the character is screaming or shouting, which are made even more obvious with exclamation marks. The reader knows from the dialogue itself when a character is happy or sad or angry.

    Using words like Paolini does simply shows again that he is not a good writer. He does not know how to write dialogue that readers can infer from and thus has to use words other than said. In the prologue, there are six instances where a character says something. Only once is the word ‘Said’ used, and then the adverb ‘icily’ is added onto it. Instead, the Shade shouts, whispers, utters, screams, and barks.

    Examples-

    "I'm sorry," apologized Brom.

    This is a serious grammatical error on Paolini’s part. Such basic language skills are taught to children with single digit ages and yet a published writer can make a child’s mistake.




    Characters

    Paolini’s characters, especially Eragon and Arya, are Marysues. A Marysue is defined as a character based on its creator. Often, the character is what its creator always wanted to be, in short, the writer’s fantasy. A Marysue will do what the writer would do in that situation and was created to fulfill the wrtier’s fantasy. Generally, Marysues will be idealized and have many special traits to distinguish them from other characters. They may have strange names, long titles, be wise and mature beyond their age, be skilled in combat, magically powerful, fair, tall, handsome, sometimes having unrealistic ‘tragic’ and mysterious pasts and have other idealized traits.

    Eragon is a Marysue simply because he was based off Paolini. This was admitted by Paolini himself. Eragon has many of the idealized traits listed above. He is fair, powerful, belongs to a race of ancient magical guardians, has unknown origins and so on. He is the projection of Paolini’s fantasies and in short, a Marysue. Unforetuantely for Paolini, Marysues do not make believable, likable or relatable characters, and will be two dimensional, they will not be real characters and they will ruin the book.

    Deus ex machina

    Deus ex machina describes an unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot

    Deus ex machina runs rampant in Paolini’s work. At every turn, the protagonist is miraculously saved by some twist of fate: he is miraculously not home when his house is burned down, is miraculously able to turn into a master swordsman in a matter of months, and miraculously gets knocked out at every battle, only to wake up safe and warm. It is boring to read a book with a struggle, without real problems. The hero must have real problems, problems we can relate to and problems the hero must overcome. Basically, the problem is the story. The problem is the reason why we read a book: to see how the hero overcomes the problem and what will happen in the end. In Eragon, there that at no point during the book are we actually worried for our hero, because we know that one way or another, he will always be saved. Eldest is even worse, with the Blood Oath Ceremony and Eragon’s skills and powers are suddenly improved without any work. Eragon did not have to work to get that level of skill. Paolini did not have to work to write a good story in which his hero overcomes his problems. Instead he uses a cheap and shallow way to empower a character to advance a plot. This is complete laziness on his part. It is also the sign of an amateur author when he cannot bear to let his characters be faced with any real struggle. The struggle is there to make the character relatable to us and for the story to progress naturally, without the use of dues ex machina. The struggle and problems are there to make the story interesting for without the struggle there is no story. Without the struggle, the story will simply be a narration of events.



    Inconsistencies

    The fantasy genre, especially high fantasy like Eragon and Eldest, contains elements which require the reader to suspend their disbelief, because such things do not occur in our world. Unfortunately, many writers take this to mean that they can have inconsistencies or unrealistic things in their stories and get away with it, using the excuse that it's fantasy. This is laziness at its height. Anything that the author must explain or clarify or could not explain in interviews should have been worked out and put into the book itself.

    In Eragon and Eldest, there are many inconsistencies, which goes to prove that Paolini did not do his research or even logic. He ignored the rules of reality and defied human logic just to accommodate his story and its characters because he was too lazy to alter them to fit reality.

    Examples-

    Eragon’s family is poor

    In the beginning of the Eragon, we are repeatedly told that Garrow, Eragon’s uncle, is poor, and doesn't even have food for the winter, which is the reason why Eragon went later tries to barter for it. Then, we find Garrow and Roran eating chicken for breakfast. If they have chicken, why is Eragon hunting? Furthermore, in medieval times generally only the rich have money to buy meat. This is explicitly taken note of when Eragon notes that meat is a symbol of wealth and that the lesser nobility has meat at every meal to show their wealth. If Garrow is so poor, how can they afford meat? Later, when Eragon’s family goes into town for a festival, Garrow passes out coins to buy trinkets. Up until this point, Paolini has repeatedly told us that they are poor. Therefore, there are two things wrong with this scenario: where did the coins come from and why isn't Garrow buying food and other essential items with them instead of wasting it? This scenario comes up again later when Roran is leaving home and Garrow gives him some coins to ‘buy trinkets’. Again, where did the money come from?


    Swordplay

    Eragon was being taught swordplay and he was given a five foot long sword to train with. A five foot long sword would have been extremely heavy and Eragon probably being a little taller, could possibly have barely carried it, let alone fight with it and hold it with one hand. Another impossible fact is that in a few months he is a master sword man. There is a reason why most master swordsman in the Middle Ages were taught from the time they were seven. It takes practice, not only to learn moves, but also to learn footwork, how to apply everything in a fight, how to anticipate blows and so on. This is not the sort of thing that can be learned overnight or at an accelerated pace, no matter how gifted someone is. Some may be quicker to pick it up than others, but not in a few months.
    The evil empire

    Throughout the Inheritance series we are told that the Empire that governs Alagaesia is evil. However, very little in the books have supported this statement. One main problem in calling the Empire evil is that we are offered precious little information as to how the Empire is run. It could be democratic, communist, socialist or an absolute monarchy, for all we know. Hints in the book suggest that the Empire is an absolute monarchy, or that it employs a feudal system. Unfortunately, little information on this subject is given, so we cannot know the extent of the Empire’s evil and thus have little sympathy for the main character, whose ultimate aim is to rid the world of the Empire. The only thing people have explicitly complained about the empire is its harsh taxes. This is plain ridiculous, since all effective governments require funds to run the country. In fact, the only crime the Empire can be accused of is it allowing the slave trade. Then again, the slave trade was common in the past in the real world. Abolishing it can be done through peaceful means. It does not justify civil wars and violent uprisings.

    We should also not forget that the Dragon Riders, always being praised and glorified in the books, we not exactly democratic nor has it been shown that this order were committed to the welfare and interests of the common people. The riders also had to have collected taxes to fund their operations, unless they were obscenely rich. One way or the other, such a wealth divide from the common people is not a good thing.

    Vegetarian Elves

    In Eldest, we find out that Elves are vegetarian. They do not eat meat, do not believe in using animal products and do not wish for animals to suffer. However, in Eragon, Paolini describes Arya as wearing a leather suit. Some fans attempted to explain it away, but it’s Paolini who needs to explain it or own up that he made a mistake. Even if there is a perfectly good explanation for it, that explanation should be in the book itself, instead of being subject to clarification in interviews or by fans. A reader should not have to speculate on inconsistencies in order to come up with a reason for it. Inconsistencies should not have been there in the first place.

    Plagiarism

    Paolini has been accused of plagiarism by critics and that he has taken the ideas of other authors as his own and put them together as his own story. There are two main stories from which Paolini has allegedly plagiarized. They are Star Wars by George Lucas and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.







    Star Wars

    Here is a short summary of Star Wars.

    A boy lives with his uncle on a farm in a vast empire headed by an evil Emperor and his right hand man, who was once prominent in an ancient order of guardians with mystical powers. The boy comes into the possession of an object vital to a rebellion against the Empire. The object was sent to him by a princess in the rebellion, who had attempted to send said object to an old man who once belonged to the same order of guardians as the Emperor’s right-hand man. This boy seeks the old man to learn of the ways of this ancient order, but eventually has to return to his uncle’s farm, which, the boy finds, has been destroyed by fire, and his uncle killed. The boy then sets off with the old hermit, who also gives him a sword which belonged to his father. As they travel, they train. The old man is killed while trying to protect the boy. Later, the boy meets up with a rogue who is full of surprises, who turns out to be fiercely loyal. The boy also begins "seeing" a beautiful woman imprisoned. The boy decides that he needs to rescue her. They then set off to the rebellion to give important information. They were followed by the Empire, and prepare for a giant battle that will either save the rebellion or annihilate them. The boy proves his worth with heroics during the battle, but his crowning achievement is his destruction of something with much. The boy is praised as a hero. The boy has a hallucination of a powerful master who can teach him more of the ancient order. The boy travels to the powerful master to learn the ways of the ancient order's mystical power. While there, he grows very powerful. While he is away, the Rebellion regroups in a new area. Soon, he has a vision of his friends in great danger. He decides he must go to help them. His master warns him not to go. The boy promises that he will return and leaves. In a battle to save his friends, he finds out that his father was the right-hand man of the Emperor. The boy is shocked and also defeated, but not killed. He finds out that someone dear to him has been taken by evil people, and promises to find this person.
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    This short summary Star Wars can also be used to summarise Eragon and Eldest, down to the last detail. The fact that the plots of both stories are so similar makes it obvious that Paolini took the story of Star Wars and changed it to look like his own story. Fans will argue that it does not matter if the stories are similar and that stories have been borrowed since language was invented. However, stories are unique in the way they are told. Concepts and plotlines may be shared, but details and characters comprise the story and make it worth reading. Some fans try to explain this plagiarism away by saying that Inheritance follows the Hero Archetype, just like Star Wars does. An archetype is an idealized model of a person, object, or concept from which similar instances are derived, copied, patterned, or emulated. Star Wars follow the Hero Archetype, or Hero Cycle. However, the details and characters are unique and it is that which sets the story apart from others. Even if Eragon does follow the same archetype as Star Wars, the minute details, characters and settings do not have to be the same. For example Eragon did not need to be a farmboy like Luke Skywalker, he did not have to be part of an ancient order of powerful beings, again like Luke, nor did he have to be the son of the evil emperor’s right hand man. Thus, Paolini did not just follow an archetype, he followed Star Wars almost to the letter, and that is plagiarism.

    Lord of the Rings

    Ever since Lord of the Rings was published and became well known, Elves and Dwarves have become something of "stock" fantasy characters. While there is nothing wrong with using elves or dwarves in stories, there is no reason to use Tolkien's elves and dwarves, as that is plagiarism. Tolkien, did, in fact, create Elves and Dwarves as we know them today. They may bear resemblance to those of myth, but the culture and characteristics of each race are unique to Tolkien. Now days, when we think of elves, we see beautiful, fair elves with a lot of wisdom and magical powers. When we think of dwarves, we see short gruff men with beards wielding axes. Some authors simply use Tolkien’s elves and dwarves as they are. Some others use the characters and try to cover it up, poorly by including something blatantly or radically different or something strange, to try to show the reader that he or she is original. This is what Paolini has done. In Eragon, his Elves are typical Tolkien Elves. They are powerful, wise, solemn, fair, beautiful, hidden away in a forest, sad that their time is passing and so on. Eldest, on the other hand, shows a weak attempt at distancing itself from the Tolkien stereotype. Unfortunately, Paolini’s efforts were preachy, and blatantly obvious in purpose. His Dwarves, however, are Tolkien stereotypes from beginning to end. They are short, gruff, have beards, have an impressive underground city, wield axes and incidentally do not like elves for no stated reason. There is nothing unique or new, nothing to prove that he has created these characters. He took the ideas without altering them, and without giving a reason why. Paolini did not give a reason why the Elves and Dwarves do not get along. Neither does Paolini give a reason why the Elves had to leave their original land and neither does Paolini state why the urgals, who are copied from Tolkien’s Orcs, followed the Elves over the seas. Paolini simply took these archetypes as they are and nothing makes sense, resulting in lack of depth in the story and shallow characters. This is an unfortunate result of Paolini’s plagiarism.

    Publication

    In the world there are many books that are published, some that are genuine pieces of great work and deserving of their success, while there are other shallow pieces of work that are poorly written and do not deserve to be published. There are many of these low quality works to be found in bookstores but it is Eragon and Paolini who have attracted so much attention and criticism. The reason why so many people, especially young writers like himself, bitterly hate him is because he is published while they are not, and that he does not deserve publication. Why does Paolini not deserve to be published? Firstly, his skills as a writer are not great. His stories are poorly written and have many faults, as listed earlier in this review.




    However, the main reason why he is so despised by other writers is that he did not have to work for publication. There are many young people who write and Paolini is only one of them. Publication is something many young writers dream about and it is something not all of them can achieve. Paolini’s skills are a little above average at best. If he had been forced to hone his skills, he might have been one of the best. However, he did not have to. He achieved publication easily, much easier than what most people think. Most young writers have to work years and decades to hone their skills and to write a good book before they get published. Even then, publication is still not guaranteed. Some never even come close to achieving publication, even if writing is their passion and they have put all their life’s work into writing. Paolini is published simply because his family had connections and his parents self- published the book. Later, he was lucky that Knopf, a well known publisher chanced upon the book and decided to publish it. Publication is never this easy and this is why young writers hate Paolini. He has achieved what they have always wanted without putting much work into it. Most of all, he has never experienced rejection like themselves. It is inevitable that authors are rejected many, many times before they are published. The great J.R.R. Tolkien spent almost his entire life writing and worked very hard to write a good book before being published, and the famous J.K. Rowling allegedly has an entire folder of rejection letters from publishers. It is because Paolini has never experienced the terror, the fear that his dream of being a famous writer will never be fulfilled, that other writers despise him and his popularity. Even worse, he had made publication look so easy and that degrades their whole life’s work. Because Paolini does not really know what it means to be a true writer who is passionate in his work, young writers, some more skilled than him, some even younger than him, all hate him and what he represents.

    Conclusion

    Paolini could have been a great writer and Eragon could have been a good book, if Paolini had been forced to work hard and experience hardship to improve his writing skills to get published. Unfortunately, he did not have to do it. He simply put together ideas and bits of information together as a sloppy piece of work and managed to get it published. He achieved instant success and fame. It may now be too late to realize that he is not as great as he thinks and there is a possibility that his writing will always be this bad, for he does not have a reason or motivation to push himself to improve. Perhaps he never will.











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    I'll stick with my simple and biased opinions, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sennheiser93 View Post
    I'll stick with my simple and biased opinions, lol.
    Well, that gigantic wall of text gives relatively simple points on why Eragon isn't really a book. It's more like a blue/red/gold brick that wastes space.

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    I won't lie that I never finished the 2nd book. However I don't think its a bad series. I like to keep in mind that this guy is basically my age. What that makes me think is that he still has a TON of time to grow and mature as an author. I have the hope that he'll be able to build off this first "trilogy" lol, and come back with better written, more mature, and more original work. If he doesn't...oh well, but the ability and the creativity are there.

    As for firewizardjt, its easy to point all that stuff out. However I have no faith that you could do better in any single respect. Besides, almost everything "you wrote" I've read published elsewhere. Hmmm.

    Well either way, in my mind this series is like harry potter, a fun quick read, except that this author could end up being something great unlike JK Rowling.
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