In his 1st post grandmastercrafter wrote:Greetings all - just want to say hi, and...
...that I've tried. I really have. I can't do it anymore. (softly weeping) After reading again and again the progressive dumbing-down of this exquisite creation, I seek refuge from the absolute ridiculousness that seems to spout nowadays (seemingly effortlessly) when I try to talk about Dune to the latest crop of readers. Standards have fallen. As well - as a family man I look on in horror at the tragedy that has befallen the legacy of a great mind at the hands of his son and some dude, seemingly for profit. That kind of behavior makes me queasy.
You're getting soft in your old age GMC. Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
hardly - I still look on it in horror, and get extremely queasy whenever I read any McDune or related crap - that remains the same, but if you look at the rest of what I posted after that:
Because of this I had tried in years past to bring around a few younger individuals...
The whole purpose of that was to bring about change... it tired me out, because it was all offline... trying to schedule times to meet, going to people's places, bringing up Dune in conversations, quoting relevant parts to people who seemed likely to benefit, carrying around all 6 books (bookmarked and all) in my car and whipping em out at the drop of a hat, etc... Ever since joining Jacurutu I've become re-invigorated - mostly due to the passion most here have against these travesties. The fact that I'm not a lone wolf really helps - but never really stopped me before anyways, just minimized the amount of <info I could harness to the task><weapons I could carry to the battle><drums I could bring to the circle><rockets I could load in my launcher>.
However - old age has not changed my desire to be a small part of the effort to effect change in this beastly situation... Following the lead of other OH'ers, I post frequently on Amazon, discuss things with gaming communities like the Arsclan, still do face-to-face readings at the high school and after work, am preparing a number of reviews to post online, have begun to write more Dune fan-fiction and another SF project of my own, etc... I teach ESL to a few classes of adult learners and recommend that they improve their English by delving into, and discussing in English, Dune... My productive output is on the rise again, and I suppose my natural optimism with respect to the consumers extends to the authors as well - if they ever truly learn the depths to which they've fallen, I believe that (at least
with BH, and hopefully
with KJA) they could be turned. Not likely
, I admit, but it seems to me that as they grow, and hopefully mature in their writing (and NO I have NOT seen any evidence that this is happening at this time), it should be inevitable - as long as the pressure to improve and/or correct their stance towards Frank Herbert's legacy, McDune and canon, restricted communications at the official site, the promotion of unethical reviews at official bookseller sites, and all the rest, continues unabated...
I believe that it will become more and more obvious, to them
, as they get older, that their legacy will be one of despoiling Dune. That should
be apparent already, but they've shown a blatant disregard RE improvement to date - it will probably be a few more decades before they change their attitudes, if ever
. I freely admit it may be a lost cause from the get-go - nevertheless, it's a noble endeavor, imho...
If they were brain-damaged and incapable of learning, I'd just have to refocus my 'activism' on simply the consumers... I'm starting there, but plan to go further, if RL permits
(and most importantly, my wife!