Catch up on months of questions and answers with our ‘Christopher Paolini Interview Recap’!

twitter-interview-questionsSocial media is an interesting place: sometimes you’ll find useful information and updates from friends and internet personalities… while other times, you’ll find the weird, the obscure, and the downright bizarre.

Social media also happens to be home to Christopher Paolini’s official Twitter account. Christopher will, on rare occasions, offer fans a fifteen minute session where they can ask him questions and he’ll fire off as many answers as possible. The results are often interesting, revealing, and true to Christopher’s nature, teasing. Christopher touches on Inheritance, Book V, Inheritance Cycle movies, and more!

We’ve compiled the best and most important questions and answers from Christopher’s Twitter account over the past eight months for your viewing pleasure!

ON INHERITANCE

Is Angela one of the Grey Folk?
Christopher:
Maaaybe. Maaaybe not.
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Christopher: I don’t intend to alter/revisit Inheritance [Book 4] at any point. The book is done and published, and I’m happy with it. […] I still plan on writing Book V, though.
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Who is your favorite Inheritance Cycle dragon?
Christopher:
Saphira.
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Can you and Brandon Sanderson team up to bring the world of Alagaesia and Sanderson’s world of Alethkar together?
Christopher:
Ha! Who knows? That might be fun.
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ON BOOK V
Read more about Christopher’s “Book V”, potential Inheritance Cycle prequel, and his upcoming scifi book on our “Book V and Beyond” page!

Will we ever find out what happened to the belt of Beloth the Wise?
Christopher:
Yes.
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Will Murtagh ever join Eragon in establishing the new Riders?
Christopher:
Heh. No comment.
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Will you ever write a book or series about the dragon/elf war leading to the creation of the Riders?
Christopher:
Possibly, although I’ll probably do Book V first.
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Have you started any work on Book V, such as planning?
Christopher:
Book V is completely plotted out. However, I’m writing something else at the moment.
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Will there ever be a book about or featuring Murtagh?
Christopher:
Let’s just say we haven’t seen the last of Murtagh. 😉
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ON THE ERAGON MOVIE

Will there ever be more Inheritance Cycle movies?
Christopher:
I hope so! But it’s up to Fox whether they ever do anything with the rights.
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Will we ever see an Eldest film as a sequel to the Eragon movie?
Christopher:
Someday, I hope! Although I’d love to see Eragon rebooted first.
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What are your thoughts on the Eragon movie?
Christopher:
The film reflected the studio’s vision of the story, just as the books reflect my vision of the story.
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ON ERAGON

Looking back on Eragon, do you have any regrets?
Christopher:
I wish I’d worked in a few more mentions of things I invented later: like the feldûnost and nïdhwal.
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How long did it take to write Eragon?
Christopher:
About 2.5 years.
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CHRISTOPHER HIMSELF

What type of non-fantasy book(s) would you love to write?
Christopher:
Horror. Or romance. You know, one or the other. Techno-thrillers might be fun too.
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What do you find to be the hardest part of the writing process?
Christopher:
Waking up and getting my brain to function well enough that I can write clearly.
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What would you say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Christopher:
My obsessive attention to detail, which is also my greatest strength. Life is funny like that.
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If you could live in any world, Alagaesia or in other books, where would you live?
Christopher:
I’d probably live with my dwarves. They know how to have a good time.
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Would you rather own a dragon or be a dragon?
Christopher:
I’d rather own a dragon.
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Who is your favorite incarnation of the Doctor from Doctor Who?
Christopher:
Number Four, Nine, and Ten.
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Which Hogwarts house would you have been in?
Christopher:
Ravenclaw.
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What is your favorite television series?
Christopher:
The Prisoner (the original).
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Now we ask: Which was your favorite question and answer from this collection? If you had a chance to ask Christopher a question, what would you ask?

  • kreacher8988

    I’m sorry if I offend anyone here, but I want to see them redo the first Eragon movie if they are going to do Eldest. That first one was just miserable.

  • Francisco Shurtʻgal

    And you tell fox to do a remake for me… Eragon dosent seem like justin bieber in the books… And Saphira was supposed to be shimmering and beautiful. Leave the scary dragons to Shruikan

  • Francisco Shurtʻgal

    Christopher… It pains me that Eragon and Arya were not meant to be.
    Dont you think Inheritance could have ended a little better,( Book V) hint… hint

  • Dheeraj

    Hope we get to see book V soon..
    I would like to know what happend to Eragon and Saphira, the first Rider and his Dragon…
    I stil wonder how big that Saphira would be if it is alive which i hope it is…

    • andyroo1256

      Haha good questions, although I’ve gotta say, we’ll all throttle you if you refer to Saphira as an “it”

    • Jim

      The first Eragon’s Dragon was Bid’Daum.
      The other Saphira was Brom’s Dragon.
      But would still be interesting to find out about them though.

  • Tyler Manley

    OMG! You know what would be AWESOME??? If the fifth book was from Sapphira’s point of view… Holy…crap… that would be just the greatest thing ever!

    • djenne

      YESYESYESYESYES

  • Scruffs

    lol, I love the doctor who question in there. So random.
    I think my favourite one is the latest. Capaldi, but they were all so good

  • Patrick Salkeld

    If they do another Inheritance movie, I hope they have a new director.

  • Rachael Thomas

    Since reading Reason and the inheritance cycle has changed my entire perspective on a book. I would love to ask Christopher questions!

  • Nora

    My first approach to fantasy (juvenile) literature was with Eragon and CP, and I love them because of what they are and meant to me at that time, all I can say is they’re perfect just the way they are, though I’d really like to know more a about some characters like Angela or Brom (at the time of the Riders)

  • Ollie

    I am so excited about not having heard the last of Murtagh, He is my all time favorite character! 😀

  • Maureen Blake

    ps this isn’t mo talking its her daughter. I would ask how he got to be a good writer in fantasy, action, etc. see, I love reading that kinda stuff. but I cant write it. Im great at poetry, but I sometimes think that if I don’t write about serious matters, than nobody will take it seriously, so how do I write fantasy/ action while still having it be taken seriously?

  • hadarac

    my favorite question is Will Murtagh ever join Eragon in establishing the new Riders? I hope he will

  • omid

    what has happened to the first eragon?

  • Jasmine Miriama Willis

    My favorite question is the one about Angela being a part of the Grey Folk and his answer, maaayyybe lol. Christopher has a wonderful humor and the Paolini family are just full of classic fun (: if I could ask Christopher a question, id ask him if hes considering mixed-breeds in Alagaesia. For instance, human and elf, a dwarf and a human or dragon and elf?

    • SSCG

      Dragon and elf…….Either your an idiot or a pervert.

      • SSCG

        you’re*

        • Jasmine Miriama Willis

          Not everything has to be sexual, genius. Anything can happen around a dragon. Mixed-breeds don’t have to be created through two beings, they can be formed or created. For example, the spectral dragon that gave Eragon the strength of the elves, shades that are created by summoning dark spirits into one being or the many different plants that are sung to life by elves. If anyone here is a pervert it isnt I. So take your insultes elsewhere. Open-mindedness is what intrigues me and I believe Christopher has that sense of imagination, hence my question to HIM, not you.

  • Edu

    Do an AMA on Reddit!