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post #11 of 24 Old 03-31-2013, 09:36 PM
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On a (sad) Harry potter note, the actor who played uncle Vernon just died :(
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you're crushing my then 10 yr old dreams posiedon!!!!! Haha just messing.

I can see where it may have the same lookto lotr but I've read both series and while they have similar feels tothem imo they each have their own very unique signatures and differences

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^^ very true. LOTR is full of long winded descriptions and millions of names, the writing is more sophisticated, but also more complicated. I gues Eragon could be considered LOTR junior maybe haha, but it is still distinct in its own way

I learned in English recently that (when stories are boiled down to the bare bones) are only 5 or 6 types of conflict, also, writers (who want to sell big) rite about things that they know will tug at readers heartstrings. 15 year old Paolini probably recognized what elicited his pathos, and though the same might be true for others. It logically follows (if you can follow my rambling brain) that story's are going to end up similar to each other. Who doesn't want to read of a young down on their luck person finding their calling and excelling at it? Young Paolimi lacked the skills to craft his COMPLETELY unique story. But hey, it's still pretty good.

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^^ very true. LOTR is full of long winded descriptions and millions of names, the writing is more sophisticated, but also more complicated. I gues Eragon could be considered LOTR junior maybe haha, but it is still distinct in its own way

I learned in English recently that (when stories are boiled down to the bare bones) are only 5 or 6 types of conflict, also, writers (who want to sell big) rite about things that they know will tug at readers heartstrings. 15 year old Paolini probably recognized what elicited his pathos, and though the same might be true for others. It logically follows (if you can follow my rambling brain) that story's are going to end up similar to each other. Who doesn't want to read of a young down on their luck person finding their calling and excelling at it? Young Paolimi lacked the skills to craft his COMPLETELY unique story. But hey, it's still pretty good.

Oh gosh I'm insane o.O
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This is basically what I mean. The young person discovering their "power" or sudden purpose and going off into the world to grow up and hone it more while subsequently saving their world is probably the most common archetype of them all. Harry Potter follows it too. My point was that he was 15 when he wrote it, which is impressive, but IMO, Paolini should have waited maybe 5 years and then looked at his story and notes, et cetera, and edited it to have a bit more depth.

Though the basic reading level is helpful to a lot of young readers who enjoy reading fantasy but can't fully understand adult level books. English and grammar is my strongest subject, so my reading level was always higher than my actual grade level when I was in grade school, which is why I am glad I started reading Harry Potter very young: my reading level and understanding grew as the story got more complicated and mature.
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This is basically what I mean. The young person discovering their "power" or sudden purpose and going off into the world to grow up and hone it more while subsequently saving their world is probably the most common archetype of them all. Harry Potter follows it too. My point was that he was 15 when he wrote it, which is impressive, but IMO, Paolini should have waited maybe 5 years and then looked at his story and notes, et cetera, and edited it to have a bit more depth.

Though the basic reading level is helpful to a lot of young readers who enjoy reading fantasy but can't fully understand adult level books. English and grammar is my strongest subject, so my reading level was always higher than my actual grade level when I was in grade school, which is why I am glad I started reading Harry Potter very young: my reading level and understanding grew as the story got more complicated and mature.


I was agreeing with you, while going off on my own little tangent :) Pretty much talking to myself haha

I very much agree that he could have waited to write them. I too, am above my reading level. I actually enjoy reading Shakespeare lol. A good upper level book is Pillars of the Earth, im trying to read it but havent had time to really get into it.

Any one know any good horse books or series? Or are we talking strictly fantasy? ;)


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Well, if you like mystery I love Kathy Reich's. She's the lady that writes the books they base the movie bones about.
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I was above my reading level too...but I still enjoyed it lol

Uuum adult series wise jwi I enjoyed the books Riding Lessons and Flying Changes by sara gruen.

I actually havnt read very many horse books lately hmmmm

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Am awesome historical mystery series is the Nell Sweeney series. The main character is a full-capable, competent, and intelligent woman unlike what I've been seeing in the past few years. I know it's a good series because I've been comparing my feeling towards that series with every other book/series I've read since.
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For fantasy book lovers I fully recommend the Farseer series by Robin Hobb (the first one is called Assassin's Apprentice) - it goes through three trilogies that are absolutely fantastic. The author does such an AMAZING job of making you really feel for the characters - I hated that main 'guy you're supposed to hate' SO MUCH. I didn't even know you could legitimately hate a character that was fictional that much! (Just as an example, haha) - It's very 'realistic' as opposed to the 'everything goes right' fantasy - I used to have my favorites but her writing just blew me away and made those hands down my favorite books.
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For fantasy book lovers I fully recommend the Farseer series by Robin Hobb (the first one is called Assassin's Apprentice) - it goes through three trilogies that are absolutely fantastic. The author does such an AMAZING job of making you really feel for the characters - I hated that main 'guy you're supposed to hate' SO MUCH. I didn't even know you could legitimately hate a character that was fictional that much! (Just as an example, haha) - It's very 'realistic' as opposed to the 'everything goes right' fantasy - I used to have my favorites but her writing just blew me away and made those hands down my favorite books.
That's the one where he's like the princes vastard son right?

I have those 3 I just Havnt read em all lol

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