Thursday, February 5, 2009

Quick Question

Just wanted to know your thoughts on the Inheritance series, especially compared to The Lord of the Rings. Put the words that represent your thoughts in the comments box.

13 comments:

Ancient Greek Philosopher said...

I have never read the Inheritance series. Are you trying to put down Lord of The Rings?!?

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

No. Read the Inheritance series, and you'll see that I'm trying to put the Lord of the Rings up.

Ancient Greek Philosopher said...

I see.

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

Here's what I thought about the series:

1. The made up words are merely a stupid parody of English and Tolkeinesque.

2. The fact that the elves are basically atheistic Stoics is disgusting.

3. The method by which the magic takes place is profoundly unoriginal and has been used in just about every non-Christian fantasy there is, from Star Wars to The Giver.

4. The main characters romantic attraction for the elf is not worth writing about because it is so teen-ish.

5. The main dragon does not have a good style of talking (not that she swears, she just sounds cheesy).

6. The only way to make the "temple of evil" believeable is if it had been a Gothic Cathedral dedicated to the Passion of Jesus that had been taken by the villan and made into a temple to himself. If this were the case, then Christianity would have been eradicated from the entire land.

7. All this being said, it was fun reading that was very difficult to put down. Most brain candy is like that.

Carmen said...

I agree with all that you that you said, Old fashioned Liberal! They're exciting and entertaining but they are nothing compared to Lord of the Rings. The storyline is predictable. Even though I haven't read the third book, I can pretty much figure out what's going to happen in the end because the prophetic dream that Eragon had at the beginning of the first book. The books copy a lot from Lord of the Rings. It bugs me that the main characters name, Eragon is so similar to Aragorn!!

Ancient Greek Philosopher said...

Okay, I can tell you guys don't like it. :-) Who wrote it anyway? I've heard of it before, but I've never read it.

Carmen said...

Christopher Paolini wrote it. I think he was sixteen when he wrote the first one.

Terez said...

the books shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as Lord of the Rings! their uncomparable, but then not many books are comparable with Lord of the Rings trilogy, but compared to books that weren't written by master's of the art of writing their quite excellent i enjoyed all of them especially the 3rd one, i liked how he developed the character of Roran and others and the difference of the speech of the dragons, i didn't find it at all cheesy, but creative. i must agree with you on your other points though, except for the romance, what do you mean by teenish? most good storys have a romance of some kind and as eragon sayd himself it is better for him to be hopelessly in love with an elf(the elf does not return his feelings) than fall in love with a mortal and have them grow old and die while he lives on.

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

The romance is more along the lines of an infatuatin or a crush. That's what I meant.

Terez said...

oh, that's deffinately true, there isn't anything serious or meaningful about it

Ancient Greek Philosopher said...

Boy. This sounds kind of weird.

Carmen said...

But you know he's probably going to end up with her in the end.

Everglade said...

My thoughts exactly, everyone! I wouldn't exactly call them a bad series, AGP. I mean, if they were the first fantasy books I had ever read I would have marveled at their creativity. But everything is just a rehashing of other fantasy novels. The writing style is good, but it's obvious the author is inexperienced. They're great brain candy, but not much else.