August 15, 2015:
I have been re-reading Dune by Frank Herbert. This was prompted by a Facebook posting all about a fan created DUNE using the original movie with restored cuts etc. I tried to view it but the video had been taken down. Hmmm
I first read the book sometime after 1964 when it was first published. Dune won a Hugo award, the first Nebula award and a movie and television series were created based on the book.
Ok, having seen the movie several times I can say that there were some fairly mild liberties taken with the plot. Only one complaint regarding casting. Sting cast as Feyd Ruatha Harkonnen was completely off. Feyd and Usel were secretly cousins. Sting made a lovely menacing Feyd but the book had him with black hair, lithe, etc.
Plot points: The movie implied much more involvement of the Guilds than was actually going on in the book. Jessica’s part was much more involved in the book whereas in the movie, she was simply the lovely concubine of Duke Leto stuck in the desert. The old mentat worked both sided of the street in the book.
It seemed that there were some Islamic influences in the book. Jihad is part of the plot. Ramadan is mentioned and the cry of “We were denied Hajj!” was in memory of three slave pit rebellions on three different worlds. I wonder if Frank Herbert ever had a Fatwa issued.
Chani’s part was a bit murky so I will obviously have to watch Dune again. I’m sure it will be on television some time soon.