With daily reminders of the intensifying effects of global warming, the spectre of a worldwide water shortage, and continued political upheaval in the oil-rich Middle East, it is possible that “Dune” is even more relevant now than when it was first published. If you haven’t read it lately, it’s worth a return visit. If you’ve never read it, you should find time to.
As thrilled as I am to see “Dune” taken seriously by a publication like The New Yorker, and as well-intentioned as this article is, it’s still filled with some howlers.
The whole question of why sci-fi fans haven’t embraced Dune as widely as other canonical works, and theorizing that its the lack of robots and computers, is absurd.
Sci-fi fans ADORE Dune. It’s the wider culture that doesn’t identify as sci-fi fans who haven’t embraced it. Mainly because because nobody has taken Dune seriously enough to give it the big-budget adaption it deserves.* And remember, before Peter Jackson spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Middle-Earth, the wider culture didn’t take LotR seriously either.
Also, suggesting the Harkonnens and the Lannisters have anything in common shows a serious misunderstanding of both houses. If anything, I’d say the Lannisters have more in common with House Corrino. And the Starks could definitely pick up a thing or two from the Atreides.
You may now commence with the Dune/Game of Thrones house crossover discussion.
*I love Lynch’s Dune to death, but that doesn’t stop it from being a really bad movie. Just say it aloud: “Weirding Modules.” Ick.**
***Don’t get me started on the Sci-Fi channel miniseries. ***
***So, yeah, if somebody wants to give ME many millions of dollars, I’ve got some ideas on how to make Dune work on an LotR level 🙂 ****
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