Eragon was written by a 17 yr old? That explains why the dialog is terrible, and the idea is just a bunch of ideas stolen from other books and thrown together. Might be good for a 17 yr old, but it certainly isn't good.
Yeah, spaffe, 2001 is probably a good reference point, in that it's a bit hard to follow parts of it, and it's heavily symbolic, although you can't always pinpoint the symbolism, but it's entertaining enough to suck you in and keep you there. Oh, and glad you think I have good taste. I like to think so too