The Magic of Anthropomorphic Animals by Nancy Yi Fan



Brisingr, the third book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, has come out. I was asked to write an essay on Paolini’s books, so I decided to focus on something I was familiar with: why we use anthropomorphic animals in literature (animals with human-like characteristics, such as the talking birds in my books Swordbird and Sword Quest and Paolini’s dragons!). My essay, “The Magic of Anthropomorphic Animals,” is in the anthology Secrets of the Dragon Riders, edited by James Owen, found exclusively in Borders bookstores. It’s cool that parts of Brisingr are written from the dragon’s perspective.


Here is the link for Nancy's interview

Nancy Yi Fan's essay in the book