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Christopher Paolini is the author of The Inheritance Cycle, a series of Doorstopper novels. He finished writing the first book, Eragon, at the age of nineteen. It was published by his parents before Knopf, a publishing company, picked it up. To many people's surprise, it took off.

A homeschooled Montana native, he's become quite the controversial figure. He has many fans, as well as many detractors, mostly due to having used many familiar ideas, plot points, and tropes; Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Dragonriders of Pern are obvious influences.


Tropes that apply to Mr. Paolini (or at least appear to):

  • Author Appeal: The elves, particularly Arya (whose beauty is oft-mentioned in the narration, and leaves Eragon in awe). However, Paolini says his favourite race is the dwarves; he often speaks a bit in Dwarvish when he goes to Real Life events.
  • Author Avatar: Paolini himself admits that Angela is based on his sister, and that Eragon "started out" as an autobiographical character but eventually developed into his own character.
  • Big Sister Worship: Enough to name and base a pretty powerful and memorable secondary character after her.
  • Fandom / Fan Dumb: He has a sizable one.
  • Hatedom / Hate Dumb: He has quite a bit of this as well.
  • Proud to Be a Geek
  • Serious Business: The Internet Backdraft regarding him can get this way.
  • Trilogy Creep: What was once a "Trilogy" is now a "Cycle."
  • Word of God: Christopher Paolini answers a lot of questions about the Cycle, mostly in interviews.
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