Am I the only one that gets this?!? Perhaps it's ust because I too am not much older than he was, and I have tried to write fantasy myself. Polini isn't rippin off anybody. There are just certain aspects of any fantasy story that you can find everywhere. For example:
1: Young kid who don't know anyting about "Life out there" is also the only one who can save the world.
2: The kid's mentor dies to protect him.
3: The hero has some sort of special ability.
The list goes on and on. So, Chris wasn't trying to copy anything, there are just certain aspects that people expect in a fantasy b