Originally Posted by JustWingIt
^^ 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.