|I Love Sci-Fi/Fantasy Because...|
I suppose that in truth, this post is as much about Christopher Paolini as it is about Eragon itself.
Christopher Paolini is, to me, an inspiration. He was born less than a year before I married Myra. And before my children were out of school, Eragon had been self-published.
It didn't remain self-published for long, of course. Alfred A. Knopf picked it up in 2003 and Paolini--at nineteen--became a New York Times bestselling author. And then there was the movie made from it as well.
The story tells of a farmboy named Eragon and the bond he shared with the dragon, Saphira. It's a tale of wonder and discovery, of coming of age, and of personal growth.
Eragon--and his creator--is one reason why I love science fiction and fantasy.