Series is good, fans and anti-fans alike are idiots
This series really isn't anywhere near as bad as it is often made out to be. The hatred directed at it is more the result of a trend, if anything else. People with a lowered tolerance for the common archetypes of fantasy are angry with the author for taking too much inspiration from their favorite series, and use that as an excuse to criticize every point that can be criticized and be much harsher than they would be to other series.
Is it derivative? It's traditional fantasy, in every sense of the word, and is built out of the tropes of the genre played straight. I really can't say it any clearer than that. It's probably at the same level of what you'd expect from "The Sword of Shannara" or "The Belgariad." It is not copied word for word, even if it is formed from the same skeleton as these other works.
The criticism that the Inheritance Cycle draws is mostly due to either bitterness excerberating criticism and accentuation of the negative
, or people jumping on the Hate Dumb
bandwagon and letting others' opinions think for them. Most of the fans are hardly any better, being convinced that Paolini is Tolkien and swallowing every aspect of the story completely.
Is it perfect? No, there are actual problems here, but more in the spirit of small annoyances that could have been fixed with another draft. Eragon and Saphira are boring and unlikeable protagonists, but Murtagh, Roran, Arya, Katrna, and several others are all interesting characters. It's interesting to read a fantasy series that is based in a mountainous Norse-based landscape, not a temperature European one, and the Hate Dumb
complaints about geography fails are ridiculous.
Paolini has talent as an author and could create some really good literature once he moves away from the hyper-traditional High Fantasy
and writes some other things; it's too bad idiots keep fudging and misinterpreting his quotes in order to tell other people that he compared himself to Tolkien, downtalked J.K. Rowling, or other bull.
My best advice is to read this series on its own merits and don't let others tell you what you should think about it, probably including myself. If you don't like first book, then put it down and move on to something else. If you enjoy it, as many people do, then good for you.
Wow, umm, over generalize much? Saying it is only bitterness that creates the hate while ignoring dozens of pages of well thought out literary critics, shows a great deal of ignorance. Following it by saying, in the same paragraph no less, that the book has 'small annoyances' that could easily be fixed with 'another draft' and that the 'protaganists are boring' doesn't help your case. Boring protaganists is no a small annoyance nor can it be esily fixed in any manner.
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Your opinions are your own and there is nothing wrong with that, however, your eview is flawed. You can't call the fact that the protagonists are boring a small annoyance, and be surprised when this raises a few eyebrows.
30th Jun 11
Sometimes, people pay more attention to side characters over the main characters.
1st Jul 11
^^If the reviewer doesn't read the series for the main characters, and believes it has other virtues that outweigh that flaw, of course s/he can call it a small annoyance.
14th Jul 11
I thought the book was terrific when I was in fifth grade.However, I eventually realized that the whole thing was basically stolen. The first two books are too similar in plot to Star Wars to be enjoyable anymore (As an aside, Farthen Dur sounds an awful lot like Yavin Four to me). I just didn't bother with Brisingr. I know that it is difficult to write something original, because pretty much all of the good stories have been told before. It's an author's job to repackage the old stories in a new, interesting way. I believe that Paolini failed in that quite miserably. I started hating Paolini long before I even knew that there was any kind of trend.
Oh, and I think he did downtalk JK Rowling. Just read his review of Half-Blood Prince for Entertainment Weekly. Maybe he didn't mean to, but it at least seemed that way to me. I think a lot of writers hate him because of the fact that he got his first work picked up by a major publisher so quickly. So, some people do hate it out of bitterness, and that bitterness is understandable.
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