Eragon

Eragon is a book about dragons and the dudes who ride them written by author Christopher Paolini and published in 2003. in it Paolini is able to subtly rip off several notable stories without the reader noticing.

Just The Facts

  1. According to wikipedia it was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 121 weeks.
  2. Since it came out two more books (Eldest and Brisingr) have been published both very successful.
  3. EVERYTHING in the book is ripped off either from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Dragon Riders of Pern
  4. Christopher Paolini is an untalented douch whos only been succesful by ripping off other people with more talent than him.

The Plot of Eragon

Eragon is a young farmer living in the remote town of Carvahall with his uncle. While out hunting he finds an egg which was stolen from the empire. The egg hatches into a blue dragon and he names her Saphira. Two nazgul (ahem I mean ra'zac) come to Eragons farm and kill his uncle while he is away. He leaves town with an old man named Brom who gives him a rider's sword and teaches him the ways of the dragon rider. The dragon riders were an ancient order of peacekeepers who kept the land safe. They were over thrown many years ago by a man named Galbatorix with the help of another dragon rider named Morzan. Afterwards he established himself as emperor and has ruled the land with an iron fist since.

On their journey they meet a man named Murtagh and shortly after Brom dies trying to protect Eragorn. They rescue an elf princess (though you don't know she's a princess yet but its pretty god damned obvious) and use information from her to get to the varden in the city of Tronjheim. Once there they come under attack by an army of orcs. They blow some shit up and win the battle. Then Eragon gets a message in his head to seek out Togira Ikonoka and learn from him.

The Plot of Star Wars


Notice the subtle differences...

Luke Skywalker is a young farmer living on the remote planet of Tatooine with his uncle. While out trading he buys two robots who escaped from the empire. one of the robots has a secret message encoded on it. Storm troopers come to Luke's house and kill his uncle while he is away. He leaves the planet with an old man named Obi Wan Kenobi who gives him a light saber and teaches him the ways of the Jedi. The Jedi were an ancient order of bad asses who kept the galaxy safe. They were over thrown many years ago by a man named Palpatine with the help of another Jedi named Darth Vader. Afterwards he established himself as emperor and has ruled the galaxy with an iron fist since.

On their journey they meet a man named Han Solo and shortly after Obi Wan dies trying to protect Luke. They rescue a princess and use information from her to get to the rebel alliance on the planet of Yavin IV. Once there they come under attack by the Death Star. They blow some shit up and win the battle. Then Luke gets a message in his head to seek out Yoda and learn from him.

Eldest

In book two Christopher realizes that he can't get away with making a carbon copy of A New Hope and tries to shove some original writing in there. He does have Eragon go to see whats his face (yoda) and learn more about being a dragon rider but while he's dicking around over in the land of the elves for the whole fucking book all of the action is coming from the events surrounding his cousin back on Tattoine (ahem carvahall). After Eragon left they got attacked by the empire and so Eragons cousin Roran takes the whole village and runs away to the varden. It would be like if all of those people on Tattoine that Luke alluded to but you never see and wouldn't have given two shits about if you did just showed up at the end of A New Hope. At the end of the book Eragon finds out (surprise!) that Morzan/Darth Vader is his father. then he finds out that Rorans girlfriend has been captured by the ra'zak who are supposed to be Boba Fett or something and now Eragons going to have to save her at the beggining of book three.

Brisinger

Ok this is where things get convoluted. By now Chris has gotten cocky off of his success and has somehow convinced himself that he is a good writer and can form a quality story without stealing ideas from star wars. how wrong could anyone be. it startes out ok with Eragon rescuing the girl from the Ra'zac/Bobo Fett. but then he starts adding his own weird "creative" stuff in there. throughout the book he includes such crazy stuff as:

Zombies

That the orcs are actually misunderstood and are in reality not such assholes

Dragon Crystal Heart Magic Batteries

That Brom is actually Eragons father and not Morzan

And he gives Eragon a sword that can light on fire so its pretty much a fucking light saber.

the rest of the book is eragon traveling to the varden camp... thats the first 200 pages. then traveling to the dwarf capital to get their king elected... the next 350. then traveling to the elves to learn some more shit.... thats the final 150 pages. oh and then theres about 50 good pages at the end where they take a city. again the only exciting stuff in the book comes from roran who does a few exciting things throughout the book such as fighting in a few battles, becoming a high ranking military commander, and getting into a naked greased up wrestling match with an urgal.

Book four

it is my theory that book four will be 5000 pages of Eragon attending city council meetings ending with him blowing up the death star and going a huge ewok party.