Review of Eragon (Inheritance cycle #1)

In this post I am going to talk about Eragon’s book and not about the movie. I had the bad luck of watching the film, but the good luck that that happened many years ago and I’ve forgotten almost everything (or at least, I am making a huge effort to try to forget it). I only had some details left in my memory when I started reading the books, but beyond that, I have been able to read the book without inconvenience (that is, to relate the events narrated to the scenes from the film). I think I can thank the film itself for this, because it made so very little sense, and things happened randomly without much logic. So when you finish watching the movie, you don’t understand why half the things happened. In addition, the film was isolated, since the other films (at least one would expect three more films, if we followed the logic of one film per book) were never created. The same thing happened with The Golden Compass film, which was isolated from its supposed parts 2 and 3. Although I must say that The Golden Compass movie is much better than the Eragon one. The Golden Compass books actually belong to the series called His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, and they were in my case a very nice read with a very interesting fantastic world, I really recommend reading.

But, back to Eragon, the book. It was written by Christopher Paolini, a young American writer, who began writing the saga when he was 15 years old. When his parents, who had their own editorial, read the work, they decided to publish it themselves. And after that they began to promote it, traveling throughout the country, that is US. Finally, an editorial saw the potential of the book and acquired the rights. The rest is history. Eragon is the first book in a series called the “Inheritance Cycle”. Three more books follow for the central story, and an extra book was published at the end of 2018, with three short stories. The author plans to continue writing about the world of Eragon in the future, at least, so he said.

Eragon tells the story of … Eragon, a young man who is not interesting, lives in the mountains and leads a boring life. He works all day and is slightly mistreated by his uncle. What happened to his parents? Not a single word is said about them.

All this changes when a dragon appears in his life. I hope you don’t consider this a spoiler, because the very cover of the book is the face of a dragon. So… clearly there will be dragons in this story. But, worry not, I will not say anything more about the plot.

If there is something I did not like about Eragon, it is that sometimes the author plays very obviously and grossly with the stylistic strategy of not saying important information early in the sory, so that later, in later chapters this information will have a greater impact. It happens over and over and over again. There are interrupted phrases, there are times when the characters refuse to say more about a subject, because of… reasons. “Tell me about my parents! – No! – Why not? – I don’t want to!”, kind of dialogs. Reminds me of Obi Wan saying that Lord Vader had killed Luke’s father instead of saying, “Yeah, Luke… you know? He is actually your father, when I said that Vader killed him, well… I was joking”. Another writing strategy in Eragon that I really didn’t like was the way things are explained: as I said, he lives in the mountains and never heard of anything happening in his world, coincidence? No! It gives the characters the chance to explain the whole story of the world from scratch. It reminds me a bit of Harry Potter, who, living away from the magical world, never heard of anything of the wizarding world. Only that, with HP it was better done.

However, there is a deep story in this book and each character has a certain level of depth. Only problem: we will have to wait for the following books, since, in this one, there is not too much of those elements. It makes one want to keep reading … yes, effect achieved.

Final comment: avoid watching the movie, since it may take away your desire to read the books completely. I have watched it and you may wonder, why do I read the books anyway? Because I am stubborn, and I want to see if what they say is true, that the books are different from the movie. Eragon as the first book did not quite convince me, if I have to be honest. But since there are three huge volumes behind it, it may change for the better. I’ll keep you updated.

Quote:Are you willing to die for what you believe in? The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.

Keep on reading,

GG Klimt

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