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Eragon by Christopher Paolini
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Jul 15, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read in September, 2005

Probably the most expensive fanfiction I've ever read. I'm not sure what possessed the publishing company to publish this book (although I heard that Christopher Paolini was self-published at first). I also wrote a book when I was 16 (much like Paolini) and the quality was pretty much the same as Eragon, that is to say, awful. Eragon (the character) is a total Mary Sue/Gary Stu: he learns to fight with a sword in just a few weeks, his past is angsty, he's the first dragon rider for centuries, etc etc. This becomes even more clear in the next book, Eldest. Everyone loves Eragon, and those who don't are evil or will repent their ways (see the elf-dude that he fights in Eldest. In Eldest he becomes this superhero, half-elf half-human, while of course the other characters mainly remain stock characters: the dwarf with an axe, the beautiful but haughty elf lady. Brom is of course the wise old mentor, like Gandalf, or perhaps more like Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars, which the whole trilogy rips off anyway.

The only interesting character is Murtagh, but he turns out to be evil. I won't be surprised if he dies in the next book, or becomes Eragon's henchman after he realises how "awesome and cool" Eragon really is.
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message 1: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia I for one loved this book and didn't even think of the other books that were not in this series. This book was written by a 16 year old. I bet you couldn't write any better. Maybe it has a tiny bit of relation with other books but this is definately a book on its own. I give this book respect and I give the author -- Paolini-- a lot of respect. This was a great book and full of suspense and adventure. Maybe your just a person who does not like this kind of book, but please don't insult the 16 YEAR OLD auther Paolini.

Aliza its true about the publishing thing. his PARENTS published it...which i find despicable...

Uk_id Cecelia, throwing out a challenge like "let's see you do better" is not a proper or good defense of a book. I don't have to be a professional cook to know when something tastes like crap, and I don't have to be a published author to know when something reads like it either. Had Paolini gone the traditional route of submitting this for publication, like the rest of us, it would have been thrown in the slush pile. Unlike Paolini, we don't have the luxury of having publishers for parents, so we must go the traditional route and actually work to hone our craft to even make it through the hands of an underpaid intern.

Tater Well I COMPLETLY disagree! If you find the book "slush" as you discribed it then oviously you dont have great taste!!!

Uk_id Tatum wrote: "Well I COMPLETLY disagree! If you find the book "slush" as you discribed it then oviously you dont have great taste!!!"

Yep, you showed me :/

Charlie Leppert I was looking for a perfect description of this book... and over-priced fanfiction is the best one I've seen.

message 7: by Cleanova (new) - added it

Cleanova  Førever It's not fanfiction I think it an awesome serie .

Saccharine Sydney I see that some people think that the comments section and the "write a review" button are the same thing. Huh.

Over-priced fanfiction is the funniest thing I've read all week. Thank you for that. I think your review's great; it's not a mile long, but it's effective, see?

Eragoniscool You are all like kids. Bickering over which book is better. Some people enjoy good books. Obviously Archgallo or whoever wrote this review is not one of them. No need to insult a great author, even if u do not think he's great.

Georgia Eragon can only start to be described as EPIC, and if I continued to list all other words that described it it would fill the entire screen. It's fast-paced, gripping flow draws you in and holds you there firmly; you submitting to it's overwhelming pull of sheer action.

I give this 1,00000000000000000000(recurring) stars and I would recommend this to anyone who likes anything about dragon whisperers, dragons, wargals and an AMAZING STORY

message 11: by Mara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mara I agree with some of your analyses, but it's kind of narrow minded to just stick characters into tropes and then ignore the rest of their development. There are plenty of people who aren't in love with Eragon because he's just a lowly human teenager who's supposed to save the world. Not to mention that most of it doesn't know he exists. Just try to broaden your horizons, and don't write spoilers please.

message 12: by Vicent (last edited Nov 26, 2014 03:23PM) (new)

Vicent Martín bonet At first I was like all fanboys here (Cecelia, Maya and company) but as I wrote my own book and witht he pass of time I came to realize something. The series sucks. And the main factor, at least for me, was Eragon and the other main characters. They come worse and worse as the story progressess. Eragon gets even more douchebag and dickier as he gets more power. He coerces the vardens to give him what he wants, he dooms a crippled old man to what amounts a destiny worse than death, he badmouths his brother for being subdued and forced to do bad things. He is too self entitled. But worst of all is that the enviroment hails him for such actions. That's not a hero and a noble rebelion, it's a wannabe new tyrant and a set of lackeys which are a bunch of fools. Since when it's a good idea to put a youth with no experience at all in economics and warfare. I litterally laughed my ass off when I read Nasuada's idea to sell cheap lace and the fact it worked. HOW!? When there's a war (and Surda was at war with the Imperium) there's an economic blockade! That means no goods from one country on the other's markets. It's painfully simple... and there's a lot more wrong with that plan. Most of Nasuada's methods or solutions are horrible. This is the book's problem, they never do wrong even though they should be messing badly considering their actions. It's surreal.

Sparrowlicious I just randomly read this review again and I had to laugh. Thank you so much. Everything you pointed out is true for this book. Hahaha.

Kerry This book is one of the best I have ever read and I have no idea how you didn't like this book. The author is 15 or 16 at the time and is better than some authors twice his age

message 15: by Vicent (new)

Vicent Martín bonet Lol, nope, he was 19-20 when the book was published. And if you find it one of the best then it's crystal clear you've yet to read enough books. Most of the stuff is ripped off from others.

message 16: by Bob (new)

Bob I don't understand why you want to flame this "fanfiction"
a. Seriously, fanfiction? This is a freaking SERIES!
b. Let's see that little story that you wrote, and compare it, huh?
c. What do you have against it? All characters act in their human nature. Elves were just made as Mary Sues. So? It's Christopher Paolini's story.
d. Going back to b, I dare YOU to try to get that story published.

message 17: by Vicent (last edited Nov 26, 2015 04:23AM) (new)

Vicent Martín bonet To bob:
a) ELJ's Fifty Shades is a series and is Twilight fanfiction with a few tweaks (google Masters of the Universe). The same goes for Eragon and its boatloads of wish-fullfilment (Paolini himself pointed out Eragon is him but with magic and all the other powers)
b) Which one? I've rewritten 'that little story' a few times, and you know why? Because it was no good, I reckon it. I was sixteen when I finished the first draft and I inmediately burnt it. You know why? Because writitng it's something that requires refining, thinking things through. It's called auto-critic, something Pao-pao lacks.
If you're interested in it so much: go and look the preview of the first chapter here:
c) Do you know what I have against it? I have against it its horrid lack of originality. I have against it the fact that the characters actuall don't act in their human nature, instead being mere sockpuppets to the plot perpetually. I hate the sociopathy of a main character willingly to resort only to violence, capable of such heroic acts as blackmailing two-year old kids, dooming people to fates worse than death on a whim, being intolerant while at the same time being unable to have an own personality and ideology and disregarding human life in such a fashion that shows how much of an hipocryte he is.
It's his story, so what? If I write a book I'm free of any berating if I go full mysoginistic? If I'm overly racist no one can call me on it? Will it not affect the story in no way?.
Do you want me to continue? This is just the tip of the Iceberg's very tip.
D) Going back to your own lack of knowledge, Pao-pao got his book published by his own father. If you think that man-child has had to go through Rowling's ordeals at the very beginning, you got it wrong. Don't make it sound like he was an innate talent when his ascencion to fame was all a market ploy.

Kanishka Singhal I agree the characters are not convincing, they are just like some ever right people who dont exist in real life still paolini made a real good effort according to his age. I hope he would write better books afterwards

message 19: by Alex (new)

Alex A This book is really great though I read it when I was young so it was sometimes hard to follow but it was worth it to finish this incredible series!

message 20: by Vicent (last edited Oct 25, 2016 01:54AM) (new)

Vicent Martín bonet Alex wrote: "This book is really great though I read it when I was young so it was sometimes hard to follow but it was worth it to finish this incredible series!"

>Precisely my point, you were young so you couldn't pinpoint the derivative drivel that the whole story was.

Kanishka wrote:I agree the characters are not convincing, they are just like some ever right people who dont exist in real life still paolini made a real good effort according to his age. I hope he would write better books afterwards.

Age isn't an excuse for botching characterization, specially not when we speak of a man in his mid twenties that has spent a decade and a half writing on a "profesional" level.

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