I was on the fence about going to an author signing whose books I’ve never read. Not to mention that said book (Eragon) was a terrible movie. But, my friend, Amber, convinced me to go to his signing and assured me that his book was better than the movie. The King’s English bookstore in Salt Lake City sponsored this event. If you live in the Salt Lake area, they have the best book signings around. Go check them out.
I barely got to the Rowland Hall Larimer Auditorium on time because of bad traffic, but Amber was early and got me a good place in line (Thanks, Amber!). Christopher Paolini started out with a general overview of his life and how he was home schooled, fell in love with reading from a detective novel whose name he can’t remember and how he got really bored when he graduated high school at 15 and decided to dig a big hole. And then he gave some good advice about how if no one is forcing you to do anything, what do you choose to do with your time? You should make that your career. Christopher happened to choose telling stories.
Christopher enjoyed fantasy so he decided to put all the stuff he liked about fantasy into one book. The first draft was awful (Case in point – the main character was named Kevin and not Eragon). He created his own languages for the books and even read passages in his made up languages with lots of rolling r’s.
Here’s the Q & A from the night (paraphrasing from my notes – these are NOT exact quotes :) )
- Are you going to write more books? I have 20-30 book plots in the works from every genre ever invented (he didn’t say that, but the genres he listed were pretty much all the genres ever invented)
- Did you like the movie? I knew someone was going to ask that *LOL-ing*. I’m happy that a film was made from my book because that doesn’t happen to a lot of books. Ultimately, it was the film makers vision of Eragon that made it to the screen. Also, I was going to have a cameo and get beheaded by Eragon at the end of the movie, but it didn’t work out.
- How did you think of the names? (I was very curious about this answer because I’ve heard that people think he ripped of Tolkien) Eragon is Dragon spelled with an “E” at the beginning and evokes the feeling of a past era (Era-Gone). The other names are jokes or word-plays or from his invented languages.
- Did you study old languages to invent yours? You can spend your whole life inventing languages, like Tolkien did. I studied them enough to pick out meanings.
- How does the character Angela know so much? (Asked by the cutest little boy) She knows the author.
- Which cover is your favorite? Brisingr. I actually named the valley, Palencar, in the book (when it was self-published) after the artist because I liked his work. Then Random House, when they published my work, picked Palencar to do the covers without even telling me. (IT WAS LIKE FATE, GUYS. *Mind blown*)
We didn’t have to wait in line very long to meet him. He was signing Amber’s book while she was trying not to be star struck and he was talking about the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Series by Tad Williams and I asked him if The Dragonbone Chair was the first book. He snapped his head up and said, “Have you read it?” “I read about half of it before it got taken away.” He gave me a puzzled look. “I had to return it to the library before I could finish it.” He said oh and went back to signing his books. It was kind of awesome to get his attention like that.
He personalized my copy of Eragon. The book store said at the beginning of the event that he would only personalize Inheritance, but I was planning on giving it away on my blog and keeping Eragon. I decided to switch the sticky with my name on it to Eragon and hope they wouldn’t notice in the rush of signing. Amber insisted that she didn’t know me if I got kicked out.
I’m doing something special for this giveaway since I haven’t read any of Christopher Paolini’s books. I usually only give away books that I have read and loved. So, since I haven’t read it, I want to know why YOU think I should! Leave a comment and then fill out the Rafflecopter.
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Giveaway ended December 2011