Magic is in the air!!
Since last week (even though the stupid exams are on!), I just got hooked, once again, to the fantasy world of potter’s, frodo’s, skywalker’s and eragon!!
I went home on friday, and wih nothing better to do, started the ‘revision’ of Harry potter series. Had to start with the third book because my sister is doing her ‘revision’ of the first two in chennai!
That reminded me of LOTR, and so saw my favourite part of the flick (battle of helms deep and minas tirith and of course, the valled of the dead!) on my compu!
On Saturday evening, was browsing in the second hand book stall in Nerul, and decided that i will continue with more fantasy and picked up Eragon, the first of the trilogy by young author (he is just 20 now! was 15 when he started the book)Christopher Paolini.
As with all fiction novels, the plot is just same. A young teenager, hardworking but unsuspecting that huge responsibilities await him, a mentor, older than most of the characters in the book, a great magician, a hero of his times, totally hates the villian, a Dark lord, controls (or wants to control) the planet, his followers, well versed in dark magic, a rebel team planning to dislodge the dark lord etc etc.
But the magic of fantasy books is just this. You know the plot, you can guess the ending, but still it will urge you to read on!
Perhaps, it is the magic of being transported to a world where you can do anything is possible..
Perhaps, it is the magic of just knowing that come what may, hope is there, come what may, love, loyality, courage etc etc will come on tops
Perhaps, it is the magic that a young innocent fellow (something that we were a few years ago) plunges into a big-bad world (someplace we are in now), but manages to survive first, make good friends and finally conquer what he can ( something that we want!!)
Perhaps, just because it is just magic!!!
Coming back to the book….
This book is highly inspired by Tolkien, with elves and dwarfs and humans and shady magicians etc etc. It is about a young boy, who is selected to be a dragon rider. He is to start the new generation of dragon riders, as the previous one was overthrown by a evil rider, Galbatorix.
So this young boy Eragon, and his dragon, set out on the adventure, first to kill Ra’zacs who killed Eragons uncle, but the eventual goal being to restart the dragon rider and overthrow the dark overlord. On his way, he befriends a brave warrior ( like aragorn in LOTR, and (being very bold!) snape in the HP series), and a beautiful elf! The highlight of the book, though, is the relationship between eragon and his dragon saphira. You will just fall in love with this Dragon!!
Initially, I was surprised that the book was the work of a teenager. There was quite some amount of philosophy which you associate with books of this kind. But, as I finished the book, I was sure that it is the work of a teenager, the plot was gripping but there were a lot of loop-holes, unexplained events, events totally out of the blue etc….
Hmm….I still have not come to the title of my post. Well, this book reminded me of a game which I was mad about a few years back. The game, as you, might have guessed it by is called dink smaallwood. (download)
This amazing game is about a young boy (again), who goes out of his village, and gets task after task, which he accomplishes, with the final goal being to kill the dark overlord. On his way, he earns money by killing dragons and goblins and giants, meets magicians and learns lots of magic, meets different people and makes friends etc etc. It has minimal graphics, easy controls and interface, and is a delight to play. Not aan easy game, but an enchanting one.
That about summed up my last weekend and even more!
Just gave an exam today…..fared miserably…..
so planning to watch a couple of movies to move out of the miserable feeling….
watched a movie called ‘a gentlemant and an officer’ yesterday night….was real good
and ya! got to prepare for the exam on sunday 😦
PS: while reading eragon, was wondering how great the movie would be, when would it be made etc. Since fantasy movies are in vogue now, the movie has already been planned..