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PostSubject: Re: Who writes the best dragons?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:40 am

Book 4 of that is on its way. I believe its title is Inheritance. I really should give it another go. Seeing him at Comic Con gave me a bit of insight on what kind of person Paolini is. It's difficult to remind myself that he was just a kid when he published Eragon, and too easy to refer to him as a hack. I've heard that his writing has seriously improved, which is only to be expected... I mean, he is a bright individual. He was just had a resource at a young age that was too good to pass up. Pretty easy to get published if your parents own the publishing company.

What he REALLY needed was not too many people kissing his ass early on. He needed people to kick his ass and get him to hone his skills a bit more before publishing his debut novel.

That said, he was able to get his foot in the door and he has a bright future because of it. Now his name is already known. It'll be just a bit easier to get his works on the shelves.

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PostSubject: Re: Who writes the best dragons?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:28 pm

The first book isn't (in my opinion) dreadful. The writing is ok. Not brilliant but not terrible. His writing has improved and there's been a few places where I've loved his use of words. He comes across as a quite intelligent and well-read person, and reminds me of Stephen Fry in that he'll throw in words that I'm not 100% sure of their exact meaning. It doesn't come across as a 15-year-old writing it and the two later books have even brushed with philosophy, religion and morality. I'm really enjoying them.

The story is good, not as simplistic as I'd been expecting and he's made an attempt at some twists (though you can sort of guess most of them). I'm just coming to the end of Brisingr now and am finding myself looking forward to his next one. My excitement level for it is on par with my excitement for the new Terry Pratchett due out soon (in other words, more excited than for the Omen Machine, slightly less excited than for Brandon Sanderson's new Mistborn one!)
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PostSubject: Re: Who writes the best dragons?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:26 pm

My issue with Eragon wasn't the writing. For the most part he proved himself as a writer. That's one thing about young writers. They CAN write. My issue with Paolini was more along the lines of his creativity. Eragon frankly read like a hacked up retelling of Star Wars/Lord of the Rings. You could see that he loved his characters and the story behind them, but he fell into the trap of following the fantasy map to a T.

If I wanted to show a young aspiring author both a novel to inspire them as welll as to avoid the pitfalls of inexperience... I would have them read Eragon.

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PostSubject: Re: Who writes the best dragons?   Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:17 am

That's because it WAS a rip off of Star Wars/Lord of the Rings and any other stereotypical archetypal story.

But I keep coming back to the story of seeing Paolini on the fantasy panel with Rothfuss and Sanderson at ComicCon. He came across as a very intelligent and witty person, and I had to remind myself that when he first started writing the Eragon stories he was still only a teenager, and not a fully matured person or writer.

I'm actually interested to see what, if anything, he writes once he finishes with the Eragon series. Because by then he'll have been an adult for at least a few years, and will have had the experience as a writer and a person to write something more creative, original, and mature.

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