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Paolini Loves Writing Job

By News Editor     September 19, 2005
Source: Associated Press

Enter a land of dragons and dangers with ERAGON.
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The Associated Press recently talked with author Christopher Paolini about his best-selling fantasy epics ERAGON and ELDEST.

The 21 year-old writer told AP, "To be honest about it, I make my living right now writing down my daydreams, which is a wonderful job. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best job in the world."

Paolini noted that he is "flattered to be compared to (J.K.) Rowling because (he) think she's done an incredible amount for readers and fantasy. (He is) a huge fan of hers. But the story and the world that (he writes) about is completely different from Hogwarts and present-day Britain."

His books tell the story of a poor farm boy who finds a polished blue stone that hatches into a dragon. Able to communicate telepathically, Eragon and the dragon Saphira embark on an adventure to free those suffering under the evil King Galbatorix.

ELDEST "has topped The New York Times' best-seller list for children's chapter books since it was released, and is No. 1 on The Wall Street Journal and USA Today fiction charts. ERAGON, which has sold 2.5 million copies, currently tops the Times' paperback list of best sellers for children."

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