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Kids Vote "Harry Potter" and "Eragon"

Scholastic Online has released the results of its online poll to determine the must-read books for 2007. The poll surveyed over 2800 children and the results were interesting even if a bit predictable. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (J.K. Rowling) was victorious in the 4th-6th grade category, while "Eragon" (Christopher Paolini) took the honors for the 6th grade and up category. Not coincidentally, the movie trailers for both book franchises have been heavily aired over the past few weeks. That theory is further supported by the fact that "Charlotte's Web" (E.B. White) won the 2nd-3rd grade category...and it's movie debuts this holiday season.

I am a "Harry Potter" fanatic. July 7th, 2007 is approaching holy day status for me (that's the release date of the final book of the series, for those not as obsessed as I). So, I am a little shocked that "Eragon" outpaced "Potter" among older children.

I have been interested in "Eragon" for a while. The movie trailers look fantastic! I have leafed through the book a few times in the store - and that is where my problem lies. From a cursory view, it's just not that well written. It could be very random bad luck, but whatever page that I flip to seems to lack any of the magic that is captured in "Harry Potter". Each time that I have looked, I have set the book down, disappointed.

So, has anyone read both "Eragon" and "Harry Potter" and would be willing to give a critique of both? Was I just very unlucky or in a bad mood those days? Is "Eragon" worth the read? Let me know - I need to put together my Santa List...



First, I have to say that no release date for the last HP book has been announced. While fans think that a 7/7/07 would be brilliant, again it has not been released but Christmas will be here soon & JK is known for thrilling fans at this time of year.

Second, I've read both series - I totally agree that "Eragon" lacked the "Harry Potter" magic & in some way seemed somewhat familiar. "Eragon" didn't grab my attention like HP & it didn't keep me entertained.

-- Posted by: Joseph at December 11, 2006 10:08 PM

You are absolutely correct - the release date is not confirmed to be 7/7/07. However, I did read an article that was very convincing supporting the date.

The theory goes that the OOTP movie has confirmed a release date of 7/13/07 - and, the release of the book just prior to the movie would generate so much Potter interest that the movie would go gangbusters at the box office.

Christmas is more likely...but, we can hope!

-- Posted by: Fred at December 12, 2006 8:53 AM

Right - you had my heart jumping for joy with that book release date, phony as it was. Ah, well, we can only hope it will come out within the next year.

As for the books, I've read both series and I think it's unfair to compare apples to chocolate. Eragon was written by a 14-year-old (now older) - that alone merrits something - while HP was written by a down-and-out mother.

On the whole, style-wise the books are very much the same, though Paolini puts limits on what his magicians are allowed to do (and thus seems a little less fanciful than the world of HP). However, Paolini drew an alarming amount of material from works like Lord of the Rings and Dune, which is unfortunate, because you read thinking, "I've seen this before."

I'll never put anything higher than the Harry Potter series, but Eragon and Eldest shouldn't be tossed aside, since there are some really great moments to the books. If anything, they're great when you need a little magical fix.

-- Posted by: Taté at December 12, 2006 12:23 PM

I have read both "Eragon" and "Harry Potter" and i think that they are both really good. Don't get me wrong, i am seriously obsessed with Harry Potter and I could tell you the whole plot of the story, but i also love Eragon though not as much as Harry Potter.

Both of the books are somewhat the same on like magic and such things, but Poalini's is a bit less magical than J. K. Rowlings which has like every type of magical thing possible.

Both of the books were really entertaining but nothing beats Harry Potter. i will always love the series more than any other book, but it shouldn't keep you from reading other books that are similar, or not similar. In other words, read it for yourself and see if you like it or not since you can't just rely for other peoples opinions to rule your own thoughts about the books.

-- Posted by: Louise at December 12, 2006 8:04 PM

I have read both "Eragon" and "Harry Potter" and i think that they are both really good. Don't get me wrong, i am seriously obsessed with Harry Potter and I could tell you the whole plot of the story, but i also love Eragon though not as much as Harry Potter.

Both of the books are somewhat the same on like magic and such things, but Poalini's is a bit less magical than J. K. Rowlings which has like every type of magical thing possible.

Both of the books were really entertaining but nothing beats Harry Potter. i will always love the series more than any other book, but it shouldn't keep you from reading other books that are similar, or not similar. In other words, read it for yourself and see if you like it or not since you can't just rely for other peoples opinions to rule your own thoughts about the books.

-- Posted by: Louise at December 12, 2006 8:04 PM

Many fans are hopeing (myself included) for a 07/07/07 release date or at least sometime next year.

I have read both Eragon and HP and love both. Harry Potter focuses more on magic, and Eragon focuses more on magic through dragons. While there are dragons in HP, not to the degree in Eragon. All in all, Harry is first, but Eragon is an great work of fiction. I think you should give Eragon another chance. Buy it or borrow it and decide for yourself. I definately recommend it.

-- Posted by: Jasmine at December 13, 2006 3:12 PM

You guys are selling me on the idea of picking up Eragon for Christmas (I can tell my wife it would be a great stocking stuffer). I think I can knock it out before Potter hits the shelves!

On a bad note..the movie reviews for "Eragon" are not looking so hot...http://www.aintitcool.com/?q=node/30956 Big bummer.

-- Posted by: Fred at December 13, 2006 3:37 PM

I've read all the HP books, sometimes more than a few times a piece. I cannot get past maybe 10 pages of Eragon. When I told a fellow HP buddy of mine my problems with Eragon, he stopped reading it too!! I hadn't intended for him to stop, by the writing in Eragon just isn't my taste.

-- Posted by: Angela at December 18, 2006 12:44 PM

i like harry potter better because i never read Eragon yet but im waiting for it at my library

-- Posted by: mike at December 20, 2006 9:02 AM

i like harry potter better because i never read Eragon yet but im waiting for it at my library

-- Posted by: mike at December 20, 2006 9:03 AM

i like harry potter better because i never read Eragon yet but im waiting for it at my library. i did see the movie and thought it was fantastic

-- Posted by: mike at December 20, 2006 9:04 AM

i like harry potter better because i never read Eragon yet but im waiting for it at my library. i did see the movie and thought it was fantastic

-- Posted by: mike at December 20, 2006 9:04 AM

i'm trying to get through eragon right at this moment and its not going well. i'm finding it a little dull. infact i've been reading every other paragraph for the last couple nights to see if something exciting is happening. so far.........well i'll keep you posted. GO HARRY!

-- Posted by: Laura at December 21, 2006 10:45 AM

I guess ppl just differ alot......i thoroughly enjoyed Potter and still do...but right now Eragon has just been cookin....i love this book so much.....Potter totally has that extra magical touch but goodness i love the action and pace of Eragon much more...i realy like how the magic works differently in Eragon....i love the short chapters..they're so conventient while ur extremely busy like me...=-).......... ERAGON IS AWSOME!....it beats potter for me

-- Posted by: E at January 4, 2007 6:31 PM

i just have to say that i love harry potter himself, the movies and the books. I AM A HUGE FAN! I don thave to much interest in eragon it seems like a copy of harry potter adventures. I LOVE HIM! HARRY POTTER ROCK ON FOREVER I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

-- Posted by: Mrs. Harry James Potter at January 9, 2007 7:43 PM

i just have to say that i love harry potter himself, the movies and the books. I AM A HUGE FAN! I don thave to much interest in eragon it seems like a copy of harry potter adventures. I LOVE HIM! HARRY POTTER ROCK ON FOREVER I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

-- Posted by: Mrs. Harry James Potter at January 9, 2007 7:44 PM

ERAGON Eragon is way better than ay other book ive readI would recomend it to any and everyone....It has no flaws

-- Posted by: Ricki domingman at January 21, 2007 1:23 AM

i've read all the HP series released so far and i must say that it is a really entertaining and "catchy" piece of work and i've read the inheritance series too(eragon and eldest) and as a conclusion i'd say that i loved the inheritance series more for it had more depth to it and it is not "protagonist centered" as in the case of HP,all the characters are given equal importance and christopher paolini's sty'e of writing is more appealing and moreover the inheritance series has more adventure!!!

-- Posted by: me at January 29, 2007 12:17 PM

I think HP was a hit at the vey beginning but when i heard of Eragon i just had to read the book. I think the book Eragon beats HP by a long shot but the movies loses by far.I'll keep you posted

-- Posted by: Elijah Boswell at February 16, 2007 4:44 PM