The Inheritance Cycle: Hackneyed Similes and Metaphors in Inheritance

I found far too many ridiculous and unnecessary similes and metaphors in the last book of Inheritance, so instead of cluttering up my essay proper with all of this, I just decided it should have its own page.

Here are the similes and metaphors that I thought were just too much. I believe that every single one of these was unnecessary, but truthfully, some of them would be fine if he just wasn't doing it SO MUCH. My purpose in pointing this out is to explain that comparing every image to some other image is not only unnecessary but DISTRACTING, and when such an image actually does help enhance what we're supposed to be seeing, we're already desensitized. Paolini needs to scale his use of similes and metaphors back by at least 90%, as in, if he used a TENTH as many similes and metaphors he'd still be kind of a flowery writer, but not overwhelmingly so. I am not against descriptive writing. I am against overdescription to the point of kicking you in the face with an adjective-laden boot.

This list is MUCH longer than the one I compiled for Brisingr because I was so unbelievably fed up by this point that I just had no tolerance. Feel my wrath, similes! Curse the day you were born, metaphors! RAWWRRR!

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