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.
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