Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Movies VS Books: "Frank Herbert's Dune: Children Of Dune"

Story Summary
Some 21,000 years[9] in the future, the human race has scattered throughout the known universe and populated countless planetary systems, which are ruled by aristocratic royal houses who in turn answer to the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV. Science and technology have evolved far beyond that of our own time despite the prohibition of computers and artificial intelligence. Humans with highly-developed minds, called Mentats, perform the functions of computers. The CHOAM corporation is the major underpinning of the Imperial economy, with shares and directorships determining each House's income and financial leverage. Key is the control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the valuable spice melange, which gives those who ingest it extended life and some prescientawareness. Melange is crucial to space travel, which is monopolized by the Spacing Guild. Their Navigators use the spice to safely plot a course for the Guild's heighliner ships using prescience and"foldspace" technology, which allows instantaneous travel to anywhere in the universe.
The spice is also crucial to the powerful matriarchal order called the Bene Gesserit, whose main priority is to preserve and advance the human race. The secretive Bene Gesserit, often referred to as "witches," possess advanced mental and physical abilities in part developed through conditioning called prana-bindu training. A Bene Gesserit acolyte becomes a full Reverend Mother by undergoing a perilous ritual known as the spice agony, in which she ingests an otherwise lethal dose of an awareness spectrum narcotic and must render it harmless internally. Surviving the ordeal unlocks her Other Memory, the ego and memories of all her female ancestors. A Reverend Mother is warned to avoid the place in her consciousness that is occupied by the genetic memory of her male ancestors, referred to as "the place we cannot look." In light of this, the Bene Gesserit have a secret, millennia-old breeding program, the goal of which is to produce a male equivalent of a Bene Gesserit whom they call the Kwisatz Haderach. This individual would not only be able to survive the spice agony and access the masculine avenues of Other Memory, but is also expected to possess "organic mental powers (that can) bridge space and time."[10] The Bene Gesserit intend their Kwisatz Haderach to give them the ability to control the affairs of mankind more effectively.
The planet Arrakis itself is completely covered in a desert ecosystem, hostile to most organic life. It is also sparsely settled by a human population of native Fremen tribes, ferocious fighters who ride the giant sandworms of the desert and whose tribal leaders are selected by defeating the former leader in combat. The Fremen also have complex rituals and systems focusing on the value and conservation of water on their arid planet; they conserve the water distilled from their dead, consider spitting an honorable greeting, and value tears as the greatest gift one can give to the dead. The novel suggests that the Fremen have adapted to the environment physiologically, with their blood able to clot almost instantly to prevent water loss.[11] The Fremen culture also revolves around the spice, which is found in the desert and harvested with great risk from attacking sandworms. Bene Gesserit missionary efforts have also implanted a belief in a male messiah, born of a Bene Gesserit, who will one day come from off-world to transform Arrakis into a more hospitable world.

Where The Book Wins: Well the book wins in many different aspects, for starters you get to visualize the whole world. It also gives you more time to catch up with the universe. Also the book has a slower flow of the story, meaning that the reader can easilly learn and adjust to the political games of the Dune Universe as well as the life of the Fremen. You also have more time to watch the change of the protagonist that becomes from a wealthy duke used in luxury to a Fremen warrior of the Desert. All in all the book has a lot more details and a slower pace making it easier to understand.

Where the Movie wins: well the movie wins in everything the book doesnt have, which means you actually see the universe. Although there are a few movies that are not good, the one that stands out is the tv series (actually its a movie in 2 parts). It is the only movie that actually has captured the story of the book and tries its best to help you visualize the story. A decent job but not such a good movie overall, its the best movie there is for the Dune fans, but not a good movie to movie fans :P

Final Winner: The book. Because of the lack of popularity or simply because of ignorance from Hollywood there are no good Dune movies, which is a shame.


  1. Wow!! Never heard any of that....Sounds interesting....Thnx....
    When the movie was released????

  2. Although I thought the scifi miniseries Dune was just OK, i LOVED their Children of Dune miniseries. seriously, loved it. We used one of the songs from the soundtrack in our wedding.

    but the books win, hands down. Much of Herbert's writing style depends on internal dialogues and exposition, without much action. In the books, you get much more detail about government conspiracies, lines of succession, how the Bene Gesserit actually work, who the Fremen actually are and what their goals are. . .

    so, the movies are fine and good, but the books should be read as a prereq.

    and yes, I am a total Dune-head.

  3. I haven't read the book or watched the movie.
    Need to check out the book!
    Thanks for the info

  4. @redhead: LONG LIVE THE FIGHTERS!

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