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Here's a quote I like, which I just found in gmail. "Life is a comedy for those who think... and a tragedy for those who feel." ~ Horace Walpole. TN probably knows that better than anyone else on my flist.

I'm reading book 3 of the Eragon books, Brisinger. I am enjoying them, but in this one, Paolini has developed a trait that irritates me as a writer, which I am going to share with any other writers out there as a "Don't do this" thing. And the fault springs from a virtue, which is worse. The virtue is that Paolini has created a richly detailed world which he visualizes fully and clearly. The fault is that he pours all of it out on us. Anyone who's read books/articles on writing knows that if you are doing a historical story - or an epic fantasy - you have to do your research and background, but you don't have to put it ALL in the story! That's like beginning the description of a drive in a car with a description of a combustion engine. An example from the book: Eragon walks into a tavern. Now, this is a tavern in a small town, very likely one that he'll never visit again. Eragon walks in, and Paolini then goes on to describe everything about the tavern, from the bar to the benches, from the floor to the ceiling. Great visual detail, but... why? And only after he's described the entire thing, leaving you seeing it as if the place is pretty much empty, he then says that it's packed with people. Of course, he goes on to tell you what all the people are doing, too. *pulls hair* How would I suggest doing it? Hell, you're seeing through his eyes, so tell what he sees, not what's there. Mention the crowd, describe the impressions (not just what the people are doing), how it feels to push through them. Only mention the furnishings etc. if your character is actually looking at them for a reason or interacting with them. Keep the description short. Give your reader credit for having, and being able to use, their imagination to fill in the blanks.

Man. I'm all about writing these days. Sorry, I'll take all this to nanokat next time. But I am finding that, with the demise of AL, I am slowly turning back to my writing as a focus in my life. I hope that continues. It's about time.

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Yeah, I've been doing a LOT of that Feeling stuff in the last few weeks. Death and sadness and--as you know--just NOW finding out that Patrick McGoohan died (one day before Ricardo Montalban also left this mortal plane, too. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!) So feeling wistful and sad and old and...did I mention sad?

And then I go have lunch with my pal Rob, the computer master who is Spock in the flesh, and we spend the time think-feeling; meta-thinking and feeling...and I get even more melancholy when I realize how *funny* it is that we care so much about ourselves and our tiny place in the universe.

But we make people stare at us, because we're always laughing so much. Gotta love that Work Spouse.

Man, talk about hogging a reply to your LJ! I'll shut up now.
Oh, yeah...ERAGON. :P

I haven't read the third one yet, though Paolini seemed to be starting to get his writer's feet in the second one. (The first one was just a huge volume of borderline plagiarism, if you ask me. But I guess it wasn't bad for a kid. Still...he must have Some Kind of Hollywood Parents to have actually gotten that published and pushed so hard!)

So should I bother with Brisinger? I'm running out of fun things to read, unless I start Terry Pratchett all over again.

And DragonGirl, I will not forgive you if you don't read even just ONE of his books. Start with Reaper Man. I'll SEND it to you.

The last one, Hat Full of Sky, made me laugh and cry more than any book I think I've ever read. To think that Sir Pratchett (if he's not yet knighted, he should be) has Alzheimer's. It kills me.

OKAY I'M GETTING TOO WORDY AGAIN!!!

Sir Terry has, in fact, already been knighted.:)
Dan and I actually made the same comment about Paolini's writing style! We also found his constant use of the word "undulating" rather irritating, too.