Predictable, boring, and unoriginal, but not truly awful.
I had the fortune of not having heard much about this series from sources other than the mainstream press' rave reviews of it, and my few friends who had read it, who thought it was amazing. They constantly told me about how it was great, and "was going to be our generation's Lord Of The Rings
!" So I borrowed my friend's copy of it, and gave it a read with a completely open mind.
You know how all the press was saying stuff like "Paolini was already working on this as a teenager! Isn't that amazing?!"
I figured out about halfway through Eragon that it was simply a Star Wars ripoff, and again, this was having not heard a lot of the online complaint about it, simply my uninfluenced opinion. The characters were the definition of 2 dimensional, the writing completely ignores the "show, don't tell" rule, and the whole thing reads like exactly what it is: a teenager's fanfic that just happened to get published. There's nothing interesting about the history or backstory of the world, the characters are boring, the writing lacks any form of subtlety, and the story is so blatantly plagiarized from Star Wars that after having read only the first novel, and having read not even a review of the second one, correctly predicted to my befuddled friend who owned the book, literally every plot twist and story aspect of the second book without having read a single page of it.
Correctly I might add.
Now I ask you, if a book is that predictable, to where it literally can be predicted without having read a single page of it, is it really worth reading?
Not to mention, even the names are unoriginal. Eragon? Sound similar at all to the word "Aragorn?" "Arya?" Couldn't possibly be a derivation of "Arwen," could it? Naming the leader of a force "struggling" against it's oppressors "Ajihad?"
The absolute feather in the cap of unoriginality is naming the dwarf king "Hrothgar"
However, in my final analysis of it, I have to disagree with people who claim it to be the worst book ever written. It's not quite that bad. It's not something "I wish I could forget,"
nor does it have any of the camp value
some claim it to have. It's just not any good.