Hey everyone. I was talking with a friend of mine recently and she was saying that she and her mother have read all of the books in the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance) and that she saw a lot of concepts that she felt were taken from other authors. This made me wonder, 'How much does Paolini's work really stand out?' What I mean by this is; If we take classic fantasy authors who've been around for years and years on end i.e. J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, or David Eddings, and compare his work with theirs how unique is his work? I'm not saying his stuff was bad, I loved the books; but having read so much fantasy stuff over the last few years I've been noticing similarities between other authors and Paolini's work. What are your thoughts? Does this even make sense?