Quoted from NC_Pin:
I am struggling with the writing style. Since it is considered a masterpiece I was expecting it to be more crisp and well paced. I can follow the story, but for me, it hasn't turned into a real page-turner.
It generally doesn't go that route (fast action page-turner). Although it picks up a bit as you get to the end of the first book, and then onward to the next 2 books of the trilogy. There are some cool adventures in there. Then, you have God Emperor of Dune, well, you have to slug through that one.
I know so many people that just love the Lord of the Rings trilogy and have read it many times. They keep telling me I must read it all, same kind of reason, because its a masterpiece. I have tried it multiple times, and have never been able to get halfway through the first one. Something about it just doesn't agree with me, sometimes that's just the way it is.
There are a few different reasons Dune might be considered a masterpiece, such as, the development of the entire alternate universe, or, a vast treatment of the impact of religion on humankind. These things are big in scope and so it takes a while to develop them, and you are also sorting through all of the new words, terminology, and concepts which are numerous, as well as different groups of characters (family lines) from different planets, but eventually start to gel together in your head as you go through it. When you start to see and appreciate the majestic scope of what he has imagined and then put together into these stories, then the idea of a masterpiece starts to show.
Quoted from kciaccio:
Longer but only to draw it out more. I wouldn’t mind as much if it developed the characters more but it developed them less..lol
This is not a good sign. Even though as I just said above the story encompasses an entire universe and tons of people, at the same time it is about an investment into the core group of characters. I think you absolutely must have some investment with the individual characters, good or evil, to get everything built up. If you can't get into Duncan Idaho, for example, and really understand and feel his character rather than him just being a badass with a sword, then there is a pretty big problem if you want to develop the entire storyline into a franchise similar to the Marvel universe.
Also, how are you all seeing the movie right now? I thought it is coming out on Friday?