Q&As with Christopher: Navigating Themes, Comparison, Plots, & More!

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These Q&As are drawn from Christopher’s recent AMA on Reddit. We’re reposting them here for folks who haven’t seen them yet.

INHERITANCE CYCLE & BOOK FIVE

SupersuMC: Based on the description of the werecats’ shifting later on in Eldest, was the she-wolf Eragon encountered in Ellesméra “werewolf,” or is it a wolf or woman affected by the forest’s magic in such a way? If the former, how rare are they in comparison to humans (and werecats)? If the latter, which was it before the magic affected it?

The she-wolf is an elf who has modified her body to appear more lupine. So, different than the werecats.

ThornBigRedDragon: Oh, I love Thorn sooo much. Can you tell me some new facts about him? What was his first word?

Hmm. Not sure what his first word was, but I can tell you he loves lighting dandelion puffballs on fire and watching them burn.

owen_bower: Hey Christopher! I saw on your Twitter that you intend to write a fifth novel. Would it be about Eragon, Murtagh and Thorn, a new Rider, or maybe about Brom’s earlier life?

All I’ll say about Book Five is that many of the characters you’re familiar with will return, but you’ll also get to meet a bunch of new characters as well.

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Q&As with Christopher: The Most Popular Questions of 2016

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In collaboration with Alex Vivaut of Eragons.com in Spain, we asked Christopher the most popular questions of 2016! Curious about if there will be another movie? Want to know the current status of Book Five and the new science fiction novel? Will your favorite Inheritance Cycle love affairs end with a happily ever after? Find out below (Christopher’s answers are in italic).

Is there going to be a new Eragon movie?

I hope so! Hollywood is a strange and unpredictable place, which means it’s hard to know for certain what projects may actually see the light of day, but I’m pushing hard for a remake of Eragon. It would be wonderful to see a faithful adaptation of the story up on the big screen.

Are you going to write any other book based in Alagaësia?

Of course! I’ve plotted out a whole bunch of new stories set in Alagaësia, including Book Five! First, though, I have to finish my current novel (a big science-fiction epic). I’m writing as fast as possible.

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Q&As with Christopher: Writing Advice, Eragon Controlling Spirits, & Tenga

These questions are drawn from Christopher’s recent AMA on Reddit. We’re reposting them here for folks who haven’t seen them yet.

INHERITANCE CYCLE

figgen: How many times did you go through in your mind how the final battle scenes in Inheritance would pan out? Is this something you knew from the get go, or did you approach it as soon as you started Book 4?

I probably ran through the final battles several thousand times while I was writing the series. Most of them I had a pretty good idea of how they would play out. Some of them, though, I had to actually write to figure out how they would work (Roran’s confrontation with Lord Barst, for example).

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Q&As with Christopher: Roran vs. Eragon, Hot Dogs vs. Tacos, and More!

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Most of these questions are drawn from Christopher’s recent AMA on Reddit. We’re reposting them here for folks who haven’t seen them yet.

INHERITANCE CYCLE:

galunid: 1. Can the name of Alagaësia change? That way Eragon could be able to return to this land. 2. Will Nasuada ever accept Eragon’s offer to visit him?

1. Yes.
2. Probably.

Kesarkulfi: Why have you made Roran the hero rather than Eragon in all aspects like being a good warrior; being the person who can influence everyone around him; who has got a family a wife and a daughter and who is now a Lord and has basically done no wrong, I mean compared to Eragon who actually cursed a child!

Roran has his flaws too: he gets angry, threatens people, etc. He has two advantages over Eragon, which make things a little easier for him: a) Roran is already grown up. He knows who he is and what he wants; he’s already passed through the awkwardness Eragon is still dealing with. And b) there are a lot of challenges Roran doesn’t have to face. Learning magic. Facing the prospect of fighting Galbatorix. Shouldering the hopes of four different races. Pairing with a dragon. And the list goes on.

That said, you’re right: Roran is impressive in his own right. But had he lived through what Eragon experienced, there’s no guarantee he would have handled it significantly better.

Good question!

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