Eragon

Tuesday 27th February 200710:00 PM

ERAGON, a fantasy adventure for young people based on the phenomenally successful novel by Christopher Paolini -- the first book in the young author's epic Inheritance Trilogy -- is a timeless yet modern tale.

The book's most fantastical character -- a flying dragon named Saphira -- arrives via the high-tech wizardry of the industry's most honored visual effects houses: WETA Digital (the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "King Kong") and Industrial Light & Magic (the "Star Wars" films, "Jurassic Park"). In addition, WETA created ERAGON's climactic and massive battle scene, in which the forces of good, led by the young Dragon Rider Eragon and Saphira, battle the armies of the evil King Galbatorix.

For over two millennia, dragons have been -- depending on the culture and times --- beloved, feared, or even worshipped. Today, the mythical creatures are a mainstay of pop culture. ERAGON's Saphira is inspired by the rich heritage of the storied winged creatures, but for the first time, the power of state-of-the-art computer generated imagery brings myth to photo-real, emotional life. What "Jurassic Park" was to dinosaurs, ERAGON is to dragons. Indeed, Saphira is a step beyond the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park," as her facial imagery conveys thoughts and feelings.

Upon its initial release in hardcover by Knopf in August 2003, the novel Eragon became a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The book was an instant bestseller and has since spent 87 consecutive weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List, and 21 consecutive months on Publisher's Weekly Young Adult Fiction Bestseller List, including nine months at #1. Eragon has sold 2.5 million copies in hardcover and paperback in North America alone, and the book has been published in 38 countries.

Eragon is the first novel of a trilogy. The second book, Eldest, was published in the United States and Canada in August 2005, and quickly became the number-one selling book in the United States. It has sold over one million hardcover copies, was number-one on The New York Times Children's Best Seller list, and was a USA Today Top-50 Bestseller. It won the Young Adult/Teen 2006 Quill Book Award.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

99%

These pages copyright Union Films, 2001-2017. All views expressed in these pages are those of Union Films, and are not necessarily those of the University Of Southampton, or the Students' Union. All logos and trademarks are property of their respective organisations.

X

Sign In

Username:

Password:

Log In
Forgotten your password?