is one of those books that has potential. It has potential to be a really well-written fantasy, albeit one with little originality to it. Too many aspects of it are taken straight from things like Dragonriders of Pern, Lord of the Rings, possibly even Magician (though I haven't read that or anything related to the universe in so long I can't make a good comparison) and many others to boot. It is so full of tropes, stereotypes, and clichés, that my head ended up swimming with all of the I've Seen This So Many Times. Frankly, everything Eragon
tries to be just...doesn't. It doesn't work. Fantasy has always struck me as a genre that you can create very rich and interesting worlds around old ideas and rehashes, bringing your own spice of character and world-building to it. Or it can be utterly ground-breaking, setting new standards for modern fantasy - much like Lord of the Rings, Magician, pretty much anything Pratchett or Eddings (though I haven't read Eddings yet, I'm sorry!) and (in my own personal opinion) the Realm of the Elderlings series.
Eragon has none of that. There is no spice, no flavour, no heat to his characters, and far too few of them are interesting. There were also too many characters based directly off of real people for my own comfort (though, saying this, Angela still ended up being one of the more interesting ones). Everything about the story - the world-building, the plot, the characters most importantly - are bland and dull and hair-rip-outingly boring. Even Saphira, who should really be the star of the show, isn't anything apart from your stereotypical, standard dragon character, able to speak to an extent and arrogant at times. Nothing new there. Though, for those faults, the plot development was actually not too bad. There just wasn't much of an interesting plot to begin with, though.( Collapse )
This book could've been good if some editors out there were actually willing to smack him upside the head and point out everything that was wrong with this. Which was most of it. This goes to show that popularity gained through publicity is not always duly warranted.