Re: Eragon

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Posted by Genia on November 03, 2006 at 11:45:02:

In Reply to: Re: Eragon posted by Alle on November 02, 2006 at 20:32:45:

: : So. Anyone read the Eragon series? Is it any good? Should I read the book and eagerly anticipate the movie? I was dreading the potential boredom of a fantasy free holiday season but I'm hoping there's a reason to be excited! Anyone know of anything else coming out? Epic Fantasy, Historical Epic, anything epic?


: Well, I read Eragon and thought it was really, really bad. Definitely felt that it was derivative of every fantasy cliche out there, and the characters were very poorly fleshed out. As it was written by a kid, it doesn't come as any surprise though, and I'll give the author a lot of credit for finishing it. Not sure why its so wildly popular, but my taste usually differs from what is 'popular'. At the request of my niece, I took up the second book, and couldn't get through it at all. Anyway, the movie could very well be much better than the book!

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From what I have seen of it - and, I'll grant you, it was very little - it reads like a terrible Tolkienesque rehash. The movie sounds like LoTR Reborn, with all that implies. I'll grant the author his age, but nonetheless... at fifteen I, for one, certainly didn't think in cliches. I have to say though I am more scornful of the publisher who jumped on this book as if it were some sort of find, and didn't flat out tell the guy to 'please try again later'.

That's why they have the '/Reject' option. Rather than curbing decent new authors with good ideas, I wish they would use it to sift nonsense like that.

And I only recently discoverred there's at least three parts to it! Yegods...

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