In Which Fantasy Tropes Are Reclaimed From Star Wars
Personally I did not see the similarities to Star Wars until they were pointed out to me on this site and I had already thouroughly enjoyed the three books curruntly released, but then I'm not in the habit of compairing Science Fiction
to Fantasy. The two genres are completely seperate in my mind and I favour Fantasy, probably influenced by [[Characters:Jackie Chan Adventures
magic must defeat magic]]. However, now that it has been brought to my attention I must address it. The plot elements drawn from Star Wars
are based on trope that are Older Than They Think
. After all it was George Lucas
who turned Space Opera
from a derogatory term for all Science Fiction
to the Sci Fi
equivelent of High Fantasy
. While I also enjoyed the Star Wars
films, including the prequels, it was the criticism of them that made me realize that though an important step in taking Sci Fi
mainstream they were only ever So Bad Its Good
, and anyone claiming otherwise is just looking through their Nostalgia Filter
. With that said, in addition to taking the story elements back to their roots, the writting is much better than in Star Wars
, or at least the delivery of its writing. The series is also not without its own twists and innovative new takes compaired to both Star Wars
and Lord Of The Rings
, the other work it has been compaired to.
Now the Lord Of The Rings
comparison is only natural given that it has taken Star Wars
elements back to their original High Fantasy
genre as codified by LOTR. Now Chistopher Paolini is the first Author I have read since Tolkien to have fictional languages as well developed as Tolkien's. Giving his Medieval European Fantasy
a Norse feel was a nice touch and while Urgals may fill the same niche as Orcs, they are distinctly different in ways that are interesting to discover. The use of modern english, which is much easier to fallow than Tolkien's writing, is also a boon to his work.
The descriptive text, such as when they enter Teriem, moves the story along, draws you in, and foreshadows, unlike the snarl the Hate Dumb
makes it out to be when compaired to works like Dinosaur Summer
which I gave up trying to read when I couldn't remember the protagonist falling into the water, or for Pacing Problems
like the repetitive plot in Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
. Rule Of Cool
abounds, putting the Epic
back in Epic Fantasy
I am baffled. Paolini's language is not even remotely close to being as well developed as Tolkien's. Oh, and Tolkien also had a heavy Norse influence, particularly in writing his language. While no story can be 100% original nowadays, Paolini made it painfully obvious just how derivative his book was. He even stole the name of the Dwarven King Hrothgar right out of Beowulf! Tons of contemporary epic fantasy novels existed before Inheritance, written by much more talented authors. R.A. Salvatore, Terry Brooks, Harry Turtledove (he wrote a fairly weighty high fantasy series), and Margaret Weiss just to name a few.
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Did those writing the comments read it completely, or just the bits that suited their opinion?
The tropes used in Star Wars are "Older Than They Think", to quote.
Also, you don't seem to realise that Space Opera is a very specific genre of Science Fiction. It is not a Fantasy In Space!
Another thing: You say CP is guilty of Purple Prose? I gave up on Tolkein's The Fellowship of the Ring before they had even gotten to a town other than the Shire, it was that slow, despite me being a book lover who usually devours these sorts of books. The Purple Prose actually WORKED in the Inheritance Cycle and drew me in, proving Tropes are not Bad!
Oh, and one final salvo: Creating a language is hard. Maybe CP took shortcuts, but it produced a language that was complex, and was also a minor plot point at one stage.
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