The good thing about the boring side content is that it's all optional. If you do it all you'll outlevel the story content by a mile, so you'll just keep being bored.
I won't say the game has no problems but how much time you spend in the first open-world area is basically how you set the slider on "how bored do I want to be playing this game."
If you get out of the bloody Hinterlands (seriously, do this, don't feel like you have to do it all before you advance) and go advance the story, everything picks up very quickly. You get new party members, new banters, new missions, new equipment and you know, that delicious story for which Bioware is so famous.
You can absolutely finish the game while having completed 0% of the boring bits (or maybe 10%, there are Power requirements in places).