Posted By SandChigger on February 12, 2008
I’ve just been listening to Kevin warble on in that podcast interview mentioned a couple of weeks back. (See, Jakob, I haven’t forgotten!) While discussing the transition between Dune and Dune Messiah with host Shaun Farrell, Kevin reveals that he was disappointed with it:
It’s almost like, at the end of Dune, Paul is about to launch this great jihad, and then, you know, war is going to sweep across thousands of planetary systems. And then the next book sort of opens up with “And now that that’s all over with, we’ll get to the politics.” Right? And the younger reader going through, and, “Wait a minute, you skipped the best part!” So now we’re writing that part. (33:22-45)
So there you have it. Kevin is writing this new, “Pallidune” (There, bitch, that original enough for you?) series of interquels simply to placate the lingering disappointment of his own Inner Younger Reader. And using the assumption that there are enough other disappointed dimwits out there that also didn’t get it (that Dune isn’t an adventure story) to justify another trip (with webdumb Brian in tow) to the cow shed.
A lot of us have suspected that The Hacks Twain have been writing for a YA audience. When I suggested as much to Kevin in an email, he reacted quite indignantly. (And rather emotionally, like it hit a nerve?) Whether it was true in the past, it seems true now.
(Kevin’s part of the podcast extends from 9:06 to 40:50, more than a half-hour of his high-pitched whining to wade through. I’m sure there will be some other gems spread through the manure, so stay tuned for more later!)Tweet