Christopher Paolini- Behind the Scenes

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Although you may just know him as the famous author of the Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini is much more than that.    Being homeschooled, he graduated at fifteen, and the bore

Although you may just know him as the famous author of the Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini is much more than that.    Being homeschooled, he graduated at fifteen, and the boredom of having so much freedom gave him the inspiration to make his childhood dreams of going on wild adventures and turning the not so real thoughts and making them live and breathe in the Eragon series.

Beginning with the first book, Eragon, and ending with the fourth novel, Inheritance, he spent between a year to three years writing each book, spending his time writing either standing or lying down, because he preferred that over sitting.   After writing and rewriting Eragon, Christopher and his family self-published the book, but were unable to capture the attention of readers, despite the fact that Christopher dressed up in a medieval costume to go around selling his first novel.

To his luck, Carl Hiaasen, the author of many great books including, Hoot, bought a copy of Eragon, for his then twelve year old son.   His son loved Eragon so Carl Hiaasen helped hook up the Random House Publishers with Christopher Paolini.

Of his four novels, Christopher’s favorites were Eragon, because it was the first book he ever wrote, and Inheritance because of the quality of writing and the weight.   Of the many characters throughout the series, his favorite character is Saphira, because she is a magnificent dragon who holds the key to the books, a valuable relationship with Eragon.    Christopher Paolini actually is color blind; he can see more shades of blue than the average person, so he interpreted that into his book, through the eyes of Saphira.

Christopher absolutely hated reading when he was younger, but the day he went to the library on his own and checked out a detective novel he experienced the beauty of books.   He could see the scenes bounce off the page in front of him, he could hear the sounds vibrating in his ears, he could smell the scents wafting through the air, he could feel the emotions leaking off the page, and he could taste the bountiful pleasures described in black and white.

As Christopher states, “To me that is the closest thing we have to magic today. ”  That being able to literally experience what the characters are feeling and to be transported into the pages, it is what draws all readers in.   Christopher Paolini proved that the Eragon series lures you in because he sold millions of copies of his novels, in several different languages.