Okay First of all if you haven't read the book then you really have no place trashing the book or the writer. And anyone who watches movies based on books know's that they are rarely even recognisable as the same story line so you can't judge the book by the movie. I think that Christopher Paolini has made a decent first story and especially for being as young as he was when he made it. Yes it may be a bit of a repeat and same old same old but what isn't anymore. As was said everything new is comprised of parts of something old. Yes he was blunt about it but he's new. Give him some credit for trying to make something that he has a passion for. And because he did get so famous (no matter what the method) the younger generations below us will most likely read the Inheritance cycle before they read LOTR and others and therefore those will be repeats to them in the future. And if you really want to get picky about copying originals then you should go back and read the posts in this thread. Same complaints over and over in new word formations. We are all guilty of repeating and he got famous for it which is more than most of us can say. I enjoyed Eragon and Eldest and am looking forward to the next books. I may be the only one here who will say that but obviously I'm not the only person out there anticipating the release. They are decently written books, no not nearly the best but definatly not the worst, and I want to see what he can come up with as he ages and does get more experience.