After I asked you guys what kinds of books you would like me to feature for Book vs Movie, I received a lot of responses. For some of the suggestions, I have yet to read the book, and for others, I have yet to see the movie. I will eventually get to everything you asked for, but I’d thought I’d start with an easy one.
I read the book Eragon back when it first came out. I can’t remember if I read it before the movie, but maybe I did?
When the Eragon movie and Eragon book came out, it was just at the height of The Lord of the Rings craze, and everything was epic fantasy all the time. Truthfully, it was the best possible time to release a book like Eragon.
When I read the first book, I thought it was immature. I was also a little jealous that someone who was only 19 was more famous than I will probably ever be. But regardless, I read all the books and watched the movie.
The movie was just based on the first book in the Inheritance Cycle, so that is what I will focus on for this comparison.
The basic plot in the book was a story about a village young boy who finds a mysterious stone. The stone turns out to be a dragon egg that hatches. He raises the dragon and is eventually sought out by servants of the evil King Galbatorix who destroy his village. Eragon decides to seek vengeance and goes on a quest with the storyteller Brom. Eventually, he becomes a dragon rider and takes part in an epic battle between good and evil.
The plot of the movie and the book are similar, but the movie butchers the already-weak plot of the book. It is easy to tell that the entire story line was heavily borrowed from other stories (although Pa0lini does make it his own in later books). As typical of a movie adaptation of a book, everything was rushed in the movie, and all but the most basic elements of the story were left out.
All of the main characters from the book are present in the movie. In fact, I liked some of the interpretations of the characters in the movie better than the book. I think when Paolini wrote the book, he really didn’t understand much about people, so all of the characters in the book come off as the same person. In the movie, each character had a distinct personality.
I don’t really know what to say about this comparison. I am rather frustrated that they continue to make movies based off of weak stories (The Mortal Instruments, is a recent one, for example), rather than strong stories. As far as movie adaptations go, Eragon was kind of a failure with poor actors and not enough special effects; but since the story was kind of weak, I didn’t really mind. I wonder why they never made any other movies from it. The other stories in the series were much better.
Did you like the Eragon movie? Why or why not?