June 26, 2008 at 9:18 pm #40175
So, what do you all think of Eragon and Eldest? What do you think will happen in the rest of the series? Since the author isn’t particularly popular, I assume at least a few of you don’t like him. What annoys you most about the books?
I personally, think that Eragon was ok, while Eldest fell flat on its face, fell in a hole, and only managed to climb part of the way out by putting a good ending on the book. That being said, I am still going to read Brisingr, not because I want to, or even because I care how the story ends, but so I can find out what happens to Murtagh.
I think the thing that annoys me the most is the author’s lack of morality. All of his characters have pretty much the same level of morals, seemingly because that’s all the author has. Every character is selfish and obnoxious. I nearly died when I watched an interview with the author in which he states that while writing Brisingr, Eragon ran into an unexpected “moral dilemma” that took nearly 100 pages to solve, thereby contributing to the trilogy becoming a cycle. I didn’t know Eragon had enough morals to have dilemmas!
Ok, I think I’m done ranting for the moment. Maybe I’m being overly harsh. Feel free to disagree with me.June 26, 2008 at 10:24 pm #42758
I’m somewhere around where you’re at. I didn’t think Eragon was too bad, and Eldest did everything you said. I’m planning on reading Brisingr to see if Paolini can surpass the first book, now that he’s gotten a bit older.
As for what will happen in Brisingr, did anybody see the thread on Amazon? “Do you think he blows up the Death Star in this one?”June 27, 2008 at 1:04 am #42759
I stopped reading after Eldest because of the moral issues. Oh, and his magic made me nervous. It felt too “new-age” to me.June 27, 2008 at 2:43 am #42760
The thing that got on my nerves about Eragon was that, as a friend said, it wasn’t happy enough. Paolini’s too serious!!! But I hated Eldest; the magic Eragon practiced came from within himself, instead of from a God-figure or God Himself. It also had words that C.P. KNEW nobody was gonna know, like major $10, SAT words! That was hard to wade through. He also didn’t do a very good job at surprising us with Murtagh being alive, his departure was too quick and nobody felt a great loss as should have been felt in losing a major character, so I kinda knew he was gonna come back. Bummer. That loveydovey nonsense between E. and the elf woman was shmultzy. I didn’t actually notice the “Moral Issues” until I went to a fantasy lit. conference and the lady read a shocking passage from the book and brought me to wonder what C.P. believes. I just like Eragon because the kid (and he was a kid, fifteen when he started that book) was homeschooled and all in all, it made it to my fav.s shelf. But Eldest is doomed to the basement!
Who knows what will happen in the third. The bad guys suddenly turning over to the good side kinda makes ya wonder.
Does anyone like Angela? I love her! Her and the little pussykins. I wish he wouldn’t call Angela a witch, that got on my nerves. “Healer” is just fine and dandy, thankee verra much!June 27, 2008 at 5:41 pm #42761
Actually, Alassiel, CP is one of the biggest childrens authors today. Just behind J.K. Rowling (blah!), and Lemony Snicket (love his books)!
I didn’t really like Eragon, or hate it. It was creative and the fights were neat, but the characters weren’t deep, I hate magic, and it was poorly written. So I still haven’t read Eldest. Weird, but the critics say Eldest is better!
Anybody think it’s worth reading these way to thick books?June 27, 2008 at 5:56 pm #42762
It’s really funny, because everything says CP is popular, but I have yet to meet anyone who actually really likes the books. Where are all these Eragon-lovers?
I thought Eldest dragged on alot for most of the book. And that’s saying something, because I rarely get bored in books. For the majority of the story, Eragon is training with the elves, getting weirder and more obnoxious by the second. In between training he is having love issues with Arya. The part with Roran is a bit more interesting.
Looking at the reviews on Amazon, I have seen people saying Eldest is the best, Eldest stinks, Eragon’s training is cool, it’s boring, the parts with Roran rock, or the parts with Roran are dumb. It seems to be a controversial subject. Unless you are really interested in how the series turns out, I wouldn’t bother with it if I were you.June 27, 2008 at 8:30 pm #42763
Okay. I wasn’t real eager to read them anyway.
Oh, and about his fans, I think they’re all adults. You know, people with incredibly long attention spans.June 27, 2008 at 11:43 pm #42764
Hey, I suffered through Eldest! I personally liked Eragon; see my last post on this thread, C. T., it’ll answer your questions as concerns Pip.
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