I recently read the last book of "The Wheel Of Time" series that has been released. Since the next book isn't due to come out until later this year (or even later yet), I decided to look for something else to while away my reading hours.
I went to our (not so-) local bookstore and, since they didn't have "The Inheritance Cycle" in book form, I bought a Nook and downloaded it from the "store." The first book in the trilogy (now a series, with the fourth book having recently been added (Nov of last year), is "Eragon"...the book that the movie is based on. I've finished that book now.
It certainly did not disappoint! As usual, the book far surpasses the movie, both in richness and content. While I understand that the movie must be stand-alone with a definitive conclusion, they changed quite a bit for the movie, much to the detriment of the total story. Were that they planned movies from the series, but apparently it's not to be so.
The differences in the storyline are myriad, along with the characters. Eragon himself is a bit more "adolescent," and makes mistakes almost throughout the book, consequently getting himself into trouble. Only at the last does he "wise up" a bit.
And Saphira...she is my favorite difference between the movie and the book. In the movie she seems almost submissive to Eragon. In the book she is much more aggressive and opinionated, even physically threatening Eragon a couple of times in order to "wise him up," as well as admonish him for some of his actions and words.
And bless him...Paolini even included some of my beloved "dragon humor"...laughter and all! The first time Eragon realizes that Saphira is laughing is priceless. She does not laugh as my dragons laugh, but the effects are the same.
A great read! I almost can't believe that Paolini was 15 when he wrote Eragon. Reading it puts my own efforts to shame, and I have to keep in mind that he had more than a bit of help in putting it all together. You should see the list of credits...everyone from teachers to librarians to editors and beyond. An impressive array.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series! I anticipate the series to get better with each book. The next book is "Eldest," with "Brisingr" and then "Inheritance" as the last book. If you are into the genre, I highly recommend the series. "Eragon" was exceptional!