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Note to self: Watching more than 4 episodes of CSI: Original Flavor in one sitting does nothing to help your paranoia.

Speaking of DVDs, I finally watched Eragon yesterday. What a LOTR rip-off. You can tell the original book was written by a 15-year-old -- ever fantasy cliche possible is in it. While Jeremy Irons is always good to watch (that voice! those eyes!), he's not in the whole thing, so it's not worth keeping. I'll stick with The Merchant of Venice.

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megotelek
May. 28th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, Eragon was such a ripoff of both LOTR and Anne McCaffrey's Pern series. Basically, the world/places/characters were LOTR, and all the specifics of the dragon/rider bond and dragonriding were completely ripped out of Pern.

I hate the fact that things like this skyrocket in popularity just because the author is OMGsoYOUNG! Yeah, uh, that doesn't mean you need to be published right now and get movies made, it means you need to keep writing and find yourself an editor. And then maybe, someday, get published.

There are exceptions, of course -- Peter Beagle's first book, A Fine and Private Place, was published when he was 19, but...well, he's a brilliant author.
ravenclawed
May. 28th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Eragon was such a ripoff of both LOTR and Anne McCaffrey's Pern series. Basically, the world/places/characters were LOTR, and all the specifics of the dragon/rider bond and dragonriding were completely ripped out of Pern.

I was thinking about Pern as I watched it. I've never read the books, so I wasn't sure if Eragon was a rip-off of those too.

I hate the fact that things like this skyrocket in popularity just because the author is OMGsoYOUNG! Yeah, uh, that doesn't mean you need to be published right now and get movies made, it means you need to keep writing and find yourself an editor. And then maybe, someday, get published.

I'm convinced that his manuscript was accepted by the first publishing house he tried. "Pern and Lord of the Rings together? By a fifteen-year-old? Solid gold, man!"

There are exceptions, of course -- Peter Beagle's first book, A Fine and Private Place, was published when he was 19, but...well, he's a brilliant author.

Yeah, there's a big difference between "brilliant" and "hackneyed."
megotelek
May. 28th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
"Pern and Lord of the Rings together? By a fifteen-year-old? Solid gold, man!"

I know, it makes me want to bang my head against things. Ugh, and now my sister is trying to get me to read the Twilight books. I read the first one. I barely made it through it alive. Why? This. Argh.
ravenclawed
May. 28th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I actually have Twilight. Haven't read it yet. From that lj entry, it sounds like a bad rip-off of L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries tetralogy, down to the male vampire who enrolls in high school.
shadow_phoenix2
Mar. 15th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
His parents published it - they own a publishing house or something. Then later Penguin Books or whoever is his publisher now picked it up.
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