Christopher Paolini Facts

Christopher Paolini Facts
Christopher Paolini is an American novelist best known for The Inheritance Cycle, series of young adult novels. He was born Christopher James Paolini on November 17th, 1983 in Los Angeles, California to Kenneth Paolini and Talita Paolini. He has a younger sister named Angela. Christopher was homeschooled, graduating from high school at the age of 15 through correspondence courses. Once he had graduated from high school he began to write the first book in The Inheritance Cycle series titled Eragon, which was published in 2002 by his parent's publishing company Paolini International LLC.
Interesting Christopher Paolini Facts:
Christopher Paolini promoted the release of Eragon by dressing in a medieval costume and visiting more than 135 schools and libraries.
Christopher Paolini's medieval costume included a red shirt, lace-up boots, a black cap, and black pants.
Christopher Paolini drew the cover art for Eragon's first edition.
The author Carl Hiaasen's stepson found Eragon in a bookstore in 2002 and liked the book so much that Carl took it to his publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Knopf then published the second edition of Eragon in August 2003.
Knopf purchased Eragon for an undisclosed amount, but it was a six-figure amount. It came at a time when the Paolini family was struggling financially because they had invested so much time and energy into promoting the book.
Because of Knopf's publication of Eragon, Christopher Paolini became a bestselling author when he was only nineteen years old.
Eragon was adapted to film and released in 2006 around the world by Fox 2000.
Christopher Paolini wrote an essay titled "It All Began with Books" that was subsequently included in the anthology Guys Write for Guys Read in 2005.
The Inheritance Cycle includes four books: Eragon (2002), Eldest (2005), Brisingr (2008), and Inheritance (2011).
The Inheritance Cycle series has sold more than 35 million copies around the world.
The Inheritance Cycle has been translated into a variety of languages and published in more than 52 countries around the world.
Christopher Paolini has said that his literary influences include E.R. Eddison (author of the Zimiamvian Trilogy), Frank Herbert (author of the Dune saga), and J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings).
There have been special editions of Christopher Paolini's books released that include brief histories of the fantasy worlds, posters, and excerpts.
Christopher Paolini has said that he may write additional stories set in Alagaesia, the fantasy world and setting of The Inheritance Cycle series.
When Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon he was working towards a personal challenge as opposed to writing with the intention of publication.
Christopher Paolini studied books about writing to help him craft his novels. He read Robert McKee's Story, and Orson Scott Card's Characters and Viewpoint.
Although Christopher Paolini was accepted to Reed College in Portland, Oregon after completing high school, he chose to skip college in order to travel across the country to promote Eragon.
Christopher Paolini's book Eragon competed for top spot on the New York Times bestseller list with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2004.

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