Christopher Paolini is the author of the Inheritance Cycle, a series of Door Stopper novels. He finished writing the first book, Eragon, at the age of nineteen. It was published by his parents before Knopf, a publishing company, picked it up (his parents started an independent publishing company to produce the book; it is an Urban Legend that they already owned one- a company the author describes as "my parents, my sister and myself, sitting around our kitchen table"). To many people's surprise, it took off, mostly because of fantastic marketing on behalf of Paolini and his family, such as months of visiting schools across the United States to promote the book.A homeschooled Montana native, he's become quite the controversial figure. He has many fans, as well as many detractors, mostly due to having used many familiar ideas, plot points, and tropes; Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Dragonriders of Pern are obvious influences.
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