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December 18 2006 @ 11:55 am
Eragon: Really long trail for The Eldest  

Spoilers for Book and Movie


I was iffy on the book. The beginning left me wanting to drop the book and pick up something more interesting, but once things started happening I wanted to know more. So over all I liked the book enough to be anticipating the movie and desperately wanting to watch it.

Right off the bat we know they've changed things when Arya speaks to Durza (the Shade) in the beginning. This to me wasn't such a big deal. I could have gone forever without that really bothering me.

However, when they cut out major bits about how Eragon's uncle died, why Roran went away, when Brom got to town, when the egg hatched and the fact that Eragon seemed to know nothing about the kingdom of which he lived... that annoyed me. Oh and lets not forget that Sapphira flew into the sky as a small dragon and turned into a large one in about a minute of Eragon's time! That was just insane. I mean movies always protray the passage of time why not go that route?

Okay so I could have dealt with that... but then Brom and Eragon's flight from the Evil King's men??? From the beginning Brom tells Eragon what they are doing and talks about the Varden. Brom was secretive in the book... teaching Eragon things he needed to know while only telling him he had to keep him safe. Then, of course, the order or events started blending together.

In the book, Eragon uses magic and then meets the fortune teller. But in the movie they reorder it and put it in the same town. Eragon and Brom were supposed to find a ransacked town with Urgals. Eragon saves himself by using magic and then they come to another town (this one could be cut out) before getting to a city where Angela gives a fortune.

They also cut out Solebom (sp?) the Were-cat. The were-cat wasn't a huge importance to the story but he was the reason Angela gave the free fortune. In cat form, Eragon was able to talk with him in his mind which is rare. Solebom took a liking to Eragon and in turn Angela read his fortune... also telling him something about a woman with the same name as his mother.

It was after this that Brom died and Murtaugh came to his rescue. Murtaugh and Eragon buried Brom and Arya wasn't even there. Also, Eragon had been dreaming about Arya in a cell, not walking in a forest, not sending the stone/egg to the Spine. He just saw her in pain.

When Eragon finally goes after Arya, he finds her unconcious and carries her out while Murtaugh fights off Durza and his men. In the book, Murtaugh shoots Durza in the head and then Sapphira comes through the roof and takes them away. But in the movie, they reorder this to concide with Brom's death. Arya is also fully awake and helping with Brom.

In the book, Eragon tries to connect his mind with Arya's and she attacks him and then tells him she has been poisoned. She is in a self-induced coma to keep herself alive for as long as possible. She shows Eragon how to get to the Varden and Sapphira carries her the entire way. Now, in the movie some of this was protrayed like Sapphira carrying Arya but the coma was tossed aside.

Also, Eragon needs more information about where the Varden are and Murtaugh is the one to provide it in the book. Murtaugh also tells him that he won't go to the Varden. He'll help Eragon but he can't go to the Varden. Murtaugh and Eragon then flee towards the desert, cross it, and head through huge mountains Sapphira can't fly over to find the entrance to the Vardan's secret hideout. In the movie, they just end up there with Urgals on their tale that will bring about a battle between the Evil King and the Varden.

In the book, Eragon and Murtaugh have no choice but to go into the Varden lair where their minds are to be searched to make sure they are allies. Murtaugh refuses and then they discover who he is and lock him up. Eragon and Sapphira have several days after arriving to rest, train, and grow accustom to the Varden while Arya heals.

Eragon also finds out during this time that Solebom and Sapphira became friends at the Varden's hideout and Solebom leads Eragon to Angela who warns him about the Twins. The Twins were cut out of the movie which is wrong because in the book they seem bad even though they work for the Varden. Angela helps Eragon stand up to the Twins and fights in the battle.

Murtaugh is let out to fight when the Urgal's come because they need the hands and he is told he will be killed if he betrays them. In the movie, Murtaugh frees himself.

Also in the movie there is a great battle between Durza and Eragon, while Eragon rides Sapphira and Durza rides a dark magic beast. Something of the kind does happen in the book but in the end Eragon and Durza are in the halls of the Varden, Sapphira is in the Dragon Keep and Durza is just about to kill Eragon when Sapphira flies down with Arya on her back destracting Durza long enough for Eragon to pierce him through the heart!

Why change the dramatics of the book? The battle in the book was awesome and completely managable from a movie perspective.

Something else that bothered me is that when Sapphira first talked to Eragon. First off, she didn't until Eragon figured out they could, though I could see changing that. But in the beginning, Eragon put out names for his dragon to chose from. Eragon gave all boys names because he had no idea she was a she. When he figures it out he says Sapphira and she leaps on the name... wanting it as her own. We are also told later by Brom that his dragon was also named Sapphira. All of this was snipped out of the movie along with the fact that the first Rider was named Eragon! These things are important!

I can't say I hate the movie. It was entertaining and I adored seeing Sapphira as a baby dragon. I also adored the part where Eragon tries to feed her milk as she goes after a rat. "So much for our rat problem." This was enjoyable. The movie was enjoyable but it was so far from the book that fans of the series are likely to reject the movie. I wonder how much say Christopher has in the movie making... by the looks of it... none.

In the end, the movie only seemed like a really big trailer for the next movie... setting up everything neatly to introduce the Evil King's dragon. Sad because if they had changed less it could have been spectacular.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
nightfog: pic#55927159unightfog on December 18th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I guess I have the answer to my question here :-)

I think the movie had some great similarities to LotR.

I haven't read the book, but when I saw the movie trailer I thought I might like the movie...but I didn't. It was fun to watch but it surely won't be part of my DVD collection.
The one character that really got my attention was Murtaugh.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
I wasn't all that interested in Murtaugh. I liked Roran (cousin/brother). The next one is more about him and he and Eragon seems so close. That was pulled off well.
skypipe on December 18th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
I was going to try my best to stay away from anything associated with this movie ('why' is a long story indeed that I won't go into now) but I was interested to hear what people thought. I have to say, you're not the first person to dislike it.

This lightens my heart quite a bit, for sure. ^_~
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Errr.. I guess I'm glad. It wasn't so much that I hated it. It was good enough. I can't say it will be something I have to own. I'd probably watch it if it were on tv or something like that... but when people ask I say, "They ruined the story. Butchered the book!"
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on December 18th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
*notreading notreading* I haven't gotten to this one, though it is in my little library, waiting for attention.

Just thought I'd mention- have you read Dragon Rider? I have a good excuse to read the kid books, given that I tend to read all the books my kids do, but that one was so much fun that I've handed out copies to people. If you enjoy that genre, you might like it. I actually read it, then listened it too. It is read by Brendan Fraser, who did just a great job. I love it when readers give each character a distinct voice.

Anyway... :)
Jill aka Jo: Mmphmsireesanwar on December 18th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
That is why I put "Spoilers".

My friend Kat had told me about this series while I was reading Eragon. So it is on my list of books to read. It is neat that Brendan Fraser read it. That's awesome. I'm sure he would do a great job because he is very expressive.

Personally, I really don't care if a book is made for kids. I read anything that interests me. Harry Potter is for kids but I love them!

Hey look. One of the icons you gifted me! Thanks! Also took a couple others but I'm running out of Icon space! AAAAAHHHHHH!
Queen Mab of Critique: Dabbler by Daneaaellwynde on December 19th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
I love kid books too. :) We have lots. We are actually in process of rearranging. We have a big living room, and a little 10X10 room downstairs. The library has officially outgrown it's room. The little room will become the TV room, and the big room will be the library. Probably a third of the fiction stuff is kid novels and sets. Fun stuff.

If there are any particular icons you are looking for or tend to like, let me know. I have a file on the desktop that I save them to.
Jill aka Jo: Bookssireesanwar on December 19th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
I can't think of anything off the top of my head. I mean I love lots of things but I wouldn't even know what to pick... wish you had them somewheres on net so I could peruse them. Oh well.
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on December 23rd, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
I wouldn't even know how to do that...
Jill aka Jo: Mmphmsireesanwar on December 26th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
It's great. It's free and you can upload everything so friends can look or just so you can use them in your posts as you wish.
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on December 29th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
I will take a look at it. If it looks user friendly enough for a non-net-savvy sort like myself, I'll let you know when I get it on there.
Jill aka Jo: Holiday- White Christmassireesanwar on December 29th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
It's pretty easy and if you want to look at what I have... on the side here at me LJ I have different links for all my "folders" within my bucket. Lots of icons... and a few banners. They all say who made them... I think.
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on December 29th, 2006 08:59 am (UTC)
Started... I've barely scratched the surface, but I've started it for you. :)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 29th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
:-) What's the link?
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on December 30th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)

though I might switch to flickr when I have a chance to play with it again. My friend Emily says that I can upload masses of pictures at one time on that... which would be infinitely better than one at a time.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 30th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
I don't think yours is public. It won't let me in. I'm looking into Flickr
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on December 30th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Hmmm... how does one make it public?? I found a link to allow me to email it and share it that way, but I couldn't find a "post this link to share" sort of a thing.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 30th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
When you sign in and go to your album it should just be that link
see mine is http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j49/SireesAnwar/

Also you can add more than one at a time. Under the upload there is a link that says more and it gives you more spaces just like Flickr... the thing with Flickr is they have some kind of mass upload thing you have to download... I'm gonna check it out and see if I like it better.

Go to account options
Scroll Down to Album settings. It tells you if it is public and what the addy is.... see ya next week. Happy New Years!
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on December 31st, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)

I found it- and changed it to public. :) Thanks. You give good instructions. I also found the "more" link, so I'm going to play with that a little now. Enjoy your holiday!
Jill aka Jo: Lost- Desmond Drowningsireesanwar on January 3rd, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I could be helpful. Let me know if you change to Flickr.
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on January 4th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)


I did use flickr too, mostly to be able to compare and see which is easier. Flickr is much, much easier, but I could only upload 200 pictures. I did those 200 pictures much faster than I did the ones on photobucket though. If I was feeling rich, I'd upgrade flickr so I could add then all now. As it is, they allow you to add more each month. So that is what I'll do. :)
Jill aka Jo: Highlander- Dohsireesanwar on January 4th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
Yeah I noticed the limit to Flicker which bothered me. I would use Yahoo Pictures except they don't enable you to link them so you can show them off in entries and they're a pain to use.
slvr_tgr99slvr_tgr99 on December 19th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
Who wrote Dragon Rider?
Who is the author of Dragon Rider, Because I've heard of and Read Dragon Rider's Of Pern by Anne McCaffery and her son Todd. oh and by the way I saw the movie I liked bits of it but I have yet to read the Copy of Eragon that I have. I'll get around to it sooner or later.
Jill aka Jo: Young Jarodsireesanwar on December 19th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: Who wrote Dragon Rider?
Dragon Rider? The only books I know of are Anne McCaffery's and Christopher Paolini who writes Eragon. Is that what you meant?
slvr_tgr99slvr_tgr99 on December 19th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: Who wrote Dragon Rider?
Possibly i'll double check it later.
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on December 19th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: Who wrote Dragon Rider?
If you mean the one I referred to- being nosy here- it is Cornelia Funke.
slvr_tgr99slvr_tgr99 on December 19th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Who wrote Dragon Rider?
Yes. I know that now. I looked it up on I-tunes.
Ceciliecila81 on December 19th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
I'm seeing the movie tomorrow so I didn't read the spoilers, but is it any good?
Jill aka Jo: Bookssireesanwar on December 19th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
My official verdict is I'm on the fence. I really want to say I hated the movie because honestly they really changed the story. (Read the spoilers after seeing the movie.) But at the same time I did like it visually and I didn't mind the movie... to me this is a TV watcher. I might watch it on TV but by no means will I ever rent, borrow, or buy this movie.