By James A. Owen
Why may Roran be the true hero of the Inheritance Cycle? What does Paolini’s writing have in universal with role-play video games and sleek motion movies? Are teenage writers judged extra harshly than their grownup opposite numbers? The YA authors in Secrets of the Dragon Riders—some of them no older than Paolini whilst he wrote Eragon—each tackle a unique point of the sequence to have interaction and entertain Paolini fans.
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He’s twenty and inexperienced. Then he’s twenty-one . . fifty-nine. And they can never give him any power because of his total inexperience. According to this argument, no one should have political rights. This is clearly not the case. Again we only apply this to children; hence it is useless and unfair. Also, in the case of those who write for children, what use is experience if it actually means your mind is crowded with models that can’t work for your target audience? You are busy creating characters that “grow” and “develop” because you have been in a writing course.
The final sentence makes it sound as if the whole review has been written in the light of the reader’s knowledge of Paolini’s age. Is this interpretation of the novel fair enough? Let’s imagine how it would sound if the reviewer wrote the following:This book is great for someone who is a woman writer about a subject that she adds nothing to. Oops. There would be protests. There would be outrage. People would ask Amazon to take the review down. Or:This book is great for someone who is a Black writer about a subject that he adds nothing to.
Your mind needs both difficult and easy things. Read too many difficult books and you become worn out and unwilling to read at all. Read too many easy ones and it becomes impossible to read anything more difficult. We must learn to strike a balance, something which many of us have lost the knack of. Maybe children need a bit of guidance—but adults do too, or they wouldn’t be rushing out to buy The Da Vinci Code. Without that guidance we might all find ourselves the victims of marketing ploys, like the new Scholastic series where the games and plastic toys are already planned to accompany the purpose-written books.