Friday, November 11, 2011

Congratulations, Christopher Paolini!

You guys. How awesome is this?
Christopher Paolini typing THE END at the end of the Inheritance Cycle:




A huge congratulations to him. 

YAY, Christopher Paolini! 

He looks sort of dazed, doesn't he? Dazed with joy to have completed something so epic, and I imagine there must be sadness too, to say goodbye to characters he has lived with for so long.

On tour, in my school presentations, I talked about THE END, and how the first time I typed those words for the first time (at the end of Blackbringer), even though I'd known they were coming and thought I was ready ... when I saw them in black and white, I burst into tears. And I am not a cryer. Jim calls me a robot for not crying in movies and stuff :-) But that was a big moment, something I'd wanted to do my whole life: FINISH A BOOK! And to finish a series is even more extraordinary.

I'm not quite there on the current book (or series, obviously), but seeing this video, I thought it was very sweet, and bittersweet, wonderful and sad and complicated. And that this journey began for him so young! Crazy. If you don't know, Christopher Paolini published Eragon when he was a teenager; he's 27 or 28 now. Can you imagine having accomplished something like this by that age? 

I wonder what comes next. Big things, I bet. More big things, that is :-)

8 comments:

Alysa said...

Yeah, I bet he's got a long career ahead of him! (Much like you!)

tone almhjell said...

That was quite wonderful, actually. What a sweet guy. Also, what a sweet moment, in both senses of the word. Nice and encouraging way to end the day.

Kathryn said...

Wow, I really liked that. I haven't read his books, but just to see the absolute joy on his face and in his eyes was incredible. Thanks for posting this! :)

Amber said...

We have not read these yet. But I was looking at them for Wyatt... Do you think they would be a good bet?

:)

persnickety_jen said...

I was at Paolini's signing last night and when he was in NY editing the manuscript, it was hit by both a hurricane and an earthquake. His editor told him, "Christopher, you HAVE to finish the edits before we get hit by another natural disaster!" :) He was very gracious and so excited about finishing the series he called "his love letter to fantasy." It may be bittersweet, but I can't wait to find out what happens...

Catherine Denton said...

I imagine that's a powerful moment. Can't wait to see what happens at the end of this series.
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Commander Kip said...

AAAAH, YAAAY! I'm freaking out over here - congrats!

Also, Miss Laini, I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone in my actual posession, but I'm abstaining from reading it until I get my college applications done. It's an incentive of sorts. I can't wait to read it!

June G said...

I have one thing to say: who delivers a huge hard copy stack like that to their editor? People still do that?!? I thought he would just email it as an attachment!

Kudos to him for finishing the series AND printing it out! LOL...

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