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Season two, episode twenty three

"For me, Eragon was terribly cliche. For the thirteen year old boys picking up that as their first fantasy novel, it was not cliche" 

I read Eragon when I was eight

Five years later, I'm reading Stormlight, the Iliad and Journey to the West

Not sure whether the Iliad or Journey to the West count because the Iliad was assigned to me and I haven't actually managed to get Journey to the West but whatever, technicalities

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The real crime is that he uses "cliche" as an adjective. It's a noun until you put a D on the end! Everyone knows that!

But I'm sure he didn't mean to denigrate the sophistication of thirteen-year-olds. He was just saying that Eragon is an effective gateway novel: appealing to uninitiated young readers (albeit tiresome for genre veterans). In that respect, I think you proved him right.

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1 hour ago, Belzedar said:

The real crime is that he uses "cliche" as an adjective. It's a noun until you put a D on the end! Everyone knows that!

But I'm sure he didn't mean to denigrate the sophistication of thirteen-year-olds. He was just saying that Eragon is an effective gateway novel: appealing to uninitiated young readers (albeit tiresome for genre veterans). In that respect, I think you proved him right.

True, I just started earlier then most people 

In his defense, most other boys my age aren't very intelligent in such matters :ph34r:

Or most matters honestly

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I got into Eragon at about age 8 too after reading Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest, and it definitely was the series that got me hooked on the fantasy genre. I've read it a couple of times through, but I don't think I'll ever read it again because I know it probably won't hold up to the critical reading eye I have now and I don't want to ruin it for myself. Eragon does use a lot of tropes but that isn't a bad thing because it is a good introduction to new readers of fantasy, especially readers of my generation who don't necessarily want to start with a fantasy series written before 2000.

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20 hours ago, .50 Caliber Gentleman said:

Season two, episode twenty three

"For me, Eragon was terribly cliche. For the thirteen year old boys picking up that as their first fantasy novel, it was not cliche" 

I read Eragon when I was eight

Five years later, I'm reading Stormlight, the Iliad and Journey to the West

Not sure whether the Iliad or Journey to the West count because the Iliad was assigned to me and I haven't actually managed to get Journey to the West but whatever, technicalities

I had already read LoTR at 8, and Eragon shortly followed, and by the time I was 13 I had read both WoK and WoR. However I think the percentage of the 13-year old population that achieves that is relatively small.

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Fact that a book is a clishe is only a problem if you've read a lot of books in it's genre

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Wow, I really don’t remember with what series I started, but I was about 10. I read WoK when I was 11, and that got me hooked on Fantasy. RN, I basically only read Brandon Sanderson, or some REALLY good books, like The Name of the Wind, I’m pretty selective in my book choices at the moment.

I’ve tried to read Eragon, but it’s simply unbearable.

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I really didn't want to read Harry Potter, but we couldn't watch the movie til we read the books. So I read it cause I knew there was a giant snake and I wanted to see that giant snake. I loved it a lot. I think end of first grade beginning of second is how long it took me to read all seven. I read most Sanderson stuff at about 10-12.

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