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« Reply #30 on: October 24, 2006, 07:51:51 pm »
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Hehe, quite right!  I am loving the book.
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« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2007, 04:49:30 am »
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here's a quote from Paolini, the author:

'I strive for a lyrical beauty, somewhere between Tolkien and Heaney's translation of Beowulf.'

I do think Paolini writes in a very Tolkien-esque style...but the plots are pretty different, in my opinion.

Thanks for the info on Brisingr, marit!
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« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2007, 08:28:03 pm »
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Hi everyone!! I have neither read the book nor watched the movie of Eragon, but I feel curious about your opinion as fans. Do you think the movie is faithful to the spirit of the book??
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« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2007, 06:15:56 am »
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I enjoyed the book but I felt the movie was lacking a lot - it didn't seem to have the same substance as the book.
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« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2007, 06:28:00 am »
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Thank you, maryd. Then maybe IŽll try to read the book.
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« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2007, 06:38:46 am »
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Its a good read, Enara, if you're a fan of Tolkien or even just fantasy I would highly recommend it!
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« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2007, 09:06:43 am »
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I have never read the book or seen the film

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« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2008, 10:50:42 am »
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Never read Eragon, but lots of people say its a nice book by this guy forgot who . One day I'll read it though, I just have to be patient lol.
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« Reply #38 on: May 18, 2008, 04:45:14 am »
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Quote from: RaquelBaggins;hobbit on May 17, 2008, 10:50:42 am   

Never read Eragon, but lots of people say its a nice book by this guy forgot who .

Christopher Paolini, lol!

It is a good read, as I've mentioned above.  I think there is eventually going to be third one, but haven't heard anything recently about this.
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« Reply #39 on: May 25, 2008, 01:15:45 pm »
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IMO This book is an unoriginal rip-off of Tolkien - lucky for Christopher Paolini his folks are publishers!!!
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« Reply #40 on: May 27, 2008, 03:56:16 pm »
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The third one, Brisingr, is comming in September I think.

And, I can't see why you think it's a rip-off of tolkien. Not at all! Then you must think that all fantasy is that!
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« Reply #41 on: May 27, 2008, 07:06:36 pm »
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Quote from: Marit ~GLEAHD~ {DA} on May 27, 2008, 03:56:16 pm   

The third one, Brisingr, is comming in September I think.

And, I can't see why you think it's a rip-off of tolkien. Not at all! Then you must think that all fantasy is that!

Yes Marit, actually I think the majority of modern fantasy writers owe a great debt to Tolkien, some of whom openly admit this... I've read numerous novels where whole chunks of plot and many characters seem to have been lifted wholesale from his books... BUT -

as Tolkien himself 'borrowed' liberally from fairytales, Norse myths, Arthurian legend and so forth, I guess I shouldn't hold it against Mr Paolini should I? LOL!

HOWEVER - I haven't seen the movie, but even my 11 year old daughter, after watching 'Eragon' on DVD, said:  "Oh Mum, it's just like Lord of the Rings - only not as good!"

P.S.  Saw a funny review on youtube once which decribed Eragon as being like a convergence of the plots of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings!!!  If I find this again, I'll link it in this thread.
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« Reply #42 on: May 30, 2008, 05:07:16 pm »
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Just a question, have you read the book?

I don't think there's a point in what you say at all. I'm sorry. But as long as you accept that Tolkien has borrowed things from old stories, then you should accept that Paolini makes a whole new book and concept with elves and dragons. You really can't call that a rip-off from Tolkien.
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« Reply #43 on: June 01, 2008, 09:26:09 am »
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here's a quote from Paolini, the author:

'I strive for a lyrical beauty, somewhere between Tolkien and Heaney's translation of Beowulf.'

I do think Paolini writes in a very Tolkien-esque style...but the plots are pretty different, in my opinion.

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« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2008, 12:53:54 am »
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Quote from: Marit on May 30, 2008, 05:07:16 pm   

Just a question, have you read the book?

I don't think there's a point in what you say at all. I'm sorry. But as long as you accept that Tolkien has borrowed things from old stories, then you should accept that Paolini makes a whole new book and concept with elves and dragons. You really can't call that a rip-off from Tolkien.

Yes, Marit, I have read the book, otherwise I would not feel justified in commenting on it.

I accept that you don't think I have a valid point, but I'm only stating MY opinion of Paolini's book, you're not obliged to agree with me!

IMHO a lot of the characterisations, patterns of language and some of the plot bears a remarkable resemblance to Tolkien's work:

The name "Eragon" is too similar to 'Aragorn"
The Urgals approximate the Urukhai, and their blood is black as well.
The older man/guide figure Brom dies reasonably early in the piece, as does Gandalf (as indeed does Obi Wan in Star Wars)
The languages spoken by Paolini's characters are so similar to Tolkien's 'constructed' languages, (esp the dwarf and urgal words) that they may as well have been written by him.

I could go on ad nauseum, including boring everybody with quotes from the book that are written in a really similar style, but this could turn into a never-ending debate about the merits of this work, and that of other 'fantasy' authors, so I'll just leave it here...
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