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The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini follows the adventures of a teenage boy named Eragon who finds and hatches a dragon egg and becomes a dragon rider. It is set in a completely fictional world, therefore falls into the fantasy genre. Typically I like to read modern-fantasy books, but this was one that I read a long time ago. My younger cousin had read the first book and told me I should try it, so I did. That was when I first really started getting into reading all the time like I do now, so I didn’t know much better. At the time, I thought it was a great book. Looking back on it now, I can see just how unoriginal the entire series and story are.
Overall, the books were somewhat enjoyable, they just lacked any originality. I read the first books many years ago, and didn’t read the last one until more recently. Before reading the newest book, though, I went back and read the first ones to brush up on the plot. I realized that I didn’t remember much of anything, which in itself should have told me something about the books. The characters, the settings, the plots were all just ordinary. There was nothing that made them stand out. Between the first reading and my second read-through, I had read many many other books, including Lord of the Rings. That’s when I started to notice just how much Paolini pulled from LOTR and Star Wars. They are almost the same settings and characters as LOTR and the storyline from Star Wars.
Yes, I get it, he was only a teenager when he wrote these books. But that doesn’t mean it’s ok to rely so heavily on the stories that you love. We all know I love the Harry Potter series, but I am not going to go write books about a kid who doesn’t know their a wizard and goes to school and…….. yeah, you get it. And once I was a little older and had read more books, going back to these again I realized just how plain the language, dialog, and descriptions really are. Most other books I can visualize the action and characters and settings. I had a hard time with that when reading about Eragon.
Have you read the Inheritance Cycle? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!