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Ellis Weiner (IIRC) wrote a parody of the novel several decades ago, titled "Doon". It was funnier than the original, especially the glossary at the end. It also mentioned the sequels, such as Doon Meshuggenah, Men, Women, Children and Pets of Doon, and Lord God Help Us, Another Sequel to Doon.

I don't know if this is apocryphal, but Herbert allegedly said of Lynch's Dune, "this is an amazing movie of a book I didn't write."

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

It seems pretty clear that most of the posters here are straight males. I'd love to know how many women and gay men loved "Dune" and "The Man Who Fell to Earth" precisely because they got to see so much of Sting and Bowie?

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLEH

Wow, you guys are SO far off.

This was by far Alan Smithee's best movie.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfnord

I think those voice-overs, the cinematic equivalent of thought bubbles, appeal to you as a comic artist.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersmp55

scgvlmike, you can see Sting's earthjunk at the end of an actually decent British film Brimstone & Treacle -- if that's your fancy, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Read the Dune books, they stank. Just enough interesting ideas to make you slog through the utter crap which constitutes everything else. Crappy dialogue, crappy descriptions, crappy tech, crappy science, crappy understanding of how people interact. You keep wishing it would get better, and it just keeps on being crappy.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXuuths

David Lynch is a flawed genius, and therefore everything he does is a flawed masterpiece.

January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

Watched the movie without reading the book first... unintelligible. No idea what was going on until you eventually don't care.

But it was great, for exactly one purpose ever.

I had a roommate who stated "Sting can do no wrong, everything he touches is gold".
To which the only response I could manage (knowing he had seen the movie too) was "I WILL KILL HIM!!!".

Watching someone realize they're that level of wrong is very amusing. Unless they're flying a plane or something.

January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGekkobear

LEH, gay male here. Sting in "Dune" did nothing for me. Bowie in "MWFTE" did less.

Well, you asked.

January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

I read the books in high school. I am glad now I was an obsessive note-taker back then because, while I can't stand them now, I get to laugh at what young me thought were brilliant ideas. Most of Herbert's decent concepts have been done better in other places, usually by being shorter or just by not getting bogged down with wanting to use made up terms were "space-messiah" will do. Ok bad example but you know what I mean.

As for movies that I'm the only one to love, I get that feeling after I recommend Tim Allen's "Crazy on the Outside." But I actually love that movie, rather than appreciating it's beauty as a perfect trainwreck.

January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimpler Simon

i love Dune...

January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArekExcelsior

wow! I am in the middle of re-reading Dune! What a coincidence!

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

I'm in a similiar situation. I liked Brian Herbert's prequel books and I seem to be the only one in the world who does. The problem with the Dune movie is that you get lost if you don't know the plot beforehand. And there was a bunch of stuff that Lynch put in for no reason other than... because... "The Sleeper Awakens."

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVaughn

I love the 1984 Dune. Watched it so often as a kid.

I have it on DVD. Two different versions. I'm afraid of watching them because I might not like what I think of the film now.

Plus I loved the computer game (Dune II, obviously).

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKae

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