OK regarding Eragon from the last thread... I read the replies of everybody who both liked and didn't like it, was glad to see I wasn't alone and also, I will continue to read it because of the good recommendation of one reader (sorry.... new.... still learning names...). Thanks for your comments! Maybe it's just a slow build, Harry Potter was for me as well.
Regarding that Paolini was 19 when it was written, I gotta say, I'm aware of that.... but while I think it's impressive and terrific, I'm a writer also (published) and I know the business is absolutely brutal. It takes a tremendous amount of good fortune and "grooming" as well as talent to have one's books take on as high a profile as Paolini's books have. They are front-and-center in every bookstore, in Target, you name it-- so I was expecting Eragon to be enthralling at least within the first 50 pages. With Twilight I could immediately see what the schtick was-- as I've said before, I'm not a vampire-fic reader and I'm not a young adult either, but as soon as I began reading it I was like, "A lunch table full of vampires? Neat!" and "Why ARE his eyes changing color??" For me it was "Aha, right away I can see why these books have blown up so big." And with Eragon it's been, "what's the big deal?" He sure writes well for a 19-year-old, but at the end of the day a book is about the story, not the author, you know?... I would want people to read my stuff and say, "wow, that story was great," not "she sure wrote a good book for having had SpongeBob playing three feet away from her ear the entire time."
That said, thanks, I'll be reading more Eragon
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