Paolini’s dragon-themed quartet has been on bestseller lists round the world for several year now and there is no doubt that it has firmly inserted itself into the cannon of great fantasy works. It is thus baffling to me why the film is just SO bad. Awful. Terrible. An abomination. I suppose it’s understandable to a point. After all, much of the books centre on the relationship between Eragon and his dragon Saphira, and that relationship is based on mental conversation- but the film somehow turns what I would describe as a lesser Tolkein-style novel into total load of drivel. What makes it particularly awful is that the casting is totally off- very few of the film’s characters represented their counterparts in the books either in appearance or personality, not to mention that vast swathes of important plot were completely ignored. And don’t even get me started on the acting. In short- it was The (with a capital T) book that was turned into a movie and completely desecrated- particularly disappointing after the great film adaptations of fantasy novels in recent years e.g. Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.
30 day book challenge- Day 20- Book turned into a movie and completely desecrated