Discussion in 'General Books' started by Darth Qui-gon, Feb 24, 2012.
Just curious on everyones thoughts on the Eragon books
The only fantasy series that makes Twilight seem like literature.
It's written better than the script for the film
Terrible, and they just get worse as they go along..
I really didn't like these books. I read the first one and thought they might get better, so I started reading the second but couldn't finish it. It was just such conventional fantasy, it didn't feel inspired or original at all.
A copy of the Belgariad with LotR references interspersed throughout, and no attempt at hiding it.
The first was incredibly cliche, but still a really fun read. I honestly didn't mind it and enjoyed a few parts.
Recently I finished off the entire series. I think the consolation is that the books were actually aimed at mid teenagers, so 13 - 15s, thus the ridiculous cliches and abysmal writing.
yes, but the "forgotten realms" books are also aimed at early to late teens and are decent
I read the first one aged 9-10 (got it just before my birthday) and finished the last one two weeks ago (aged 16).
I enjoyed the first one a little, but how can't you at that age?
I only really enjoyed the battles and stuff in book 2 (read age 10) as the rest was too cliché (hadn't read Belgariad yet.
Once I read the Belgariad then I just laughed all the way through the books at stuff like "be not" going unexplained but doing exactly what happens in Magician's Gambit, or the chapter name: "[A ?] Shadow of the Past", same as LotR.
I'm pretty sure the ridiculous cliches and abysmal writing was a result of it being written by a talentless child who only got published because his parents own a publishing company.
Ahhhh! I knew there had to be an Inheritance thread!!! I love this cycle! I sent Christopher Paolini a letter, annnnnnnd, he sent back a personalised letter back! even a picture with his signature and some writing tips because I told him had inspired me to write!!!
Have you ever heard of macros and spreadsheets/databases?
Sorry. That sounds great! When I was younger I'd have loved to do that! It's amazing you got a reply.
The only letter I sent to an author I got a reply and then we exchanged a few emails (he is my aunt's colleague though).
The Eragon books was very disappointing to say the least. I actually had high hopes and after reading the first I decided that I shouldn't read anymore of em. I do have a funny story to go along with this topic though. I was at a comic con this past weekend and some fan boys were talking about it so I chimed in and made some remarks. They got angry and said that I probably didn't even know what an emotobook was since I didn't know anything good. I asked what an emotobook was and they laughed and said, yea, get on board old man. So I came home and did some research and found the main site on Google and it looked really interesting. Picked up a copy of one of their titles called "Lingering in the Woods" So far I am enjoying it. I just wanted to know if anyone else has heard about these emotobooks and If I really am just "that old" or what.
Never heard of it. And I'm 16 and an avid reader.
I have to admit I couldn't get into these books. I read the first one and half of the second one and they just seemed like really weak versions of a type of LOTR fantasy. Almost like fan-ficiton. And I hated the dragon designs on the covers. I know that's a small issue but it bothered me. They just looked stupid.
They're really a mix of the LotR world and the Belgariad story. Good for younger readers though, as they got me into reading.
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