Hi, I initially wrote a big long essay on how and why I wound up at this forum. Although it was cathartic, I realized the results of the exercise were unnecessary. My story is not unique and its sentiments have thoroughly been expressed by others before. By a magical process I like to call editing (KJA&BH may want to jot this down), I rewrote what I had initially penned. I thought I would share with you what the final straw was that broke my McDune Camel's back; Paul of Dune.
Although I had come to the realization that there were no secret stash of FH notes, the Machines and Dune 7 were shite, and the KJA and BH novels were drek; I downloaded Paul of Dune to preview what I hoped would be a paperback purchase, a harmless guilty pleasure. I downloaded a file from a Russian website. After a precious few pages of prosaic prose, I downloaded Paul of Dune again, from an English site. The novel appeared to be so poorly written, that I had hoped that somehow, the copy of Paul of Dune I had first downloaded was accidentally translated from English to Russian and back to English again. No joy. Paul of Dune is just that bad.
Never mind the fact that the characters were acting, well, uncharacteristically. Never mind the ADS recap of what just happened a few sentence before. Never mind the sacrilege of FH's works being an in-universe text. Paul of Dune was just so insultingly badly written that I literally, just couldn't take it anymore. I searched the internet to see if I was alone in being physically ill at, "See Paul fight, fight Paul fight. See Shaddam run, run Shaddam run.", and I stumbled upon the KJA Special (in the nogin) Forces vs Jacurutu Amazon skirmishes. I was sickened by KJA's tactics.
Some may ask why in a world of bad literature and various franchises being milked past their expiration dates, why take a stand here? Well, it's the self-importance of KJA, the false premise of the "hidden" notes, the underhanded Amazon manipulation, the brazen mishandling and ca$h grab of the franchise, the sheer insult of the McDunes to literature, the now outright assult on FH's canon. In a world going to shit, can't I have just one good thing left unsullied and unexploited?
If somehow there is someone out there deciding whether or not, and what to read of the Dune universe; I want to add my vote to the Orthodox Herbertarian faction. I want to take this opportunity to thank the creators and administrators of the site to provide a haven where I could cast my cultural vote. I've chosen an avatar and sig to convey what KJA has transformed the Dune franchise into.
tl;dr Hi. Love FH Dune, hate KJA McDune, thanks for a site where my opinions can be voiced for posterity's sake.