Teacher Barb :)
OK, I saw of you enthralled and others of you annoyed.... No, the movie does NOT follow the book exactly! We have talked about this--each medium has its strengths and weaknesses, and while an engaged reader makes connections in his/her head while reading, a film is an audio-visual experience. Each medium will need to do certain things to tell its story to an audience. So, here's your chance... This week's blog topic is the book versus the movie! By FRIDAY night [since we need time to finish the film], you need to point out THREE [or more, for some of you who are VERY annoyed!] things which were done differently in the film--these can be three things which were better, three things which were worse, or three things which were just different but which you were OK with. I am looking for specifics, nit just a list! Again, you can mention more than three, but you need to discuss AT LEAST THREE. For your second post, by Sunday night at midnight, respond to at least one of your classmate's posts. Let's see what kind of a discussion we can get going here for our last post of the quarter!
Teacher Barb :)
Bless the Maker and all His Water.
Bless the coming and going of Him,
May His passing cleanse the world.
May He keep the world for his people.
Dune was first published in 1965, and the novel has had an enormous impact on popular culture. Dune's sandworms have captured the attention of many creative people, and the worms have appeared in various forms in a variety of media, from comic strips [such as the FoxTrot strip, above, by Bill Amend, published on August 23, 2015] to movies [for example, Beetlejuice and Star Wars]. The sandworms were not native to Arrakis--they were actually brought to the planet thousands of years before the novel's setting, and it is because of the worms that Arrakis is a desert planet--the worms cannot tolerate water, so in their "larval" stage, as sandtrout, they "encysted" Dune's water and caused the desertification of the planet. A byproduct of this desertification process is the "spice" melange which is the treasure of Arrakis.
Because we are all in different places with our reading [although we are all supposed to be in Book III this week...], a safe topic, hopefully, is Shai Halud--the Fremen name for the sandworms.
Regardless of where you are in the book, you can surely add something to our understanding of the novel through a discussion of how the sandworms, their behaviors, and/or byproducts, whether Spice or the Water of Life or even crysknives, are linked with a character in the novel.
Yes, this will be a tricky blog entry--you don't have a specific question to answer or a prompt to respond to, but you ARE charged with creating a post that will begin with the sandworms and result in a discussion which can include all of us, regardless of whether we have read past page 50 or are closing in on the end of the novel. Please note that anything which may give away important points to readers who are behind you in reading should be introduced with a notation of a possible SPOILER ALERT.
I am looking forward to some interesting comments this week!
Teacher Barb :)
We begin our next novel with an overload of information for some of you. Dune is complex; both the novel and the planet have multiple layers, and things are not always as they seem at first glance. The world of the novel blends action with mysticism, technology with environmentalism, and great political houses with lonely desert sietches. Dune has been called the greatest science fiction novel ever written. While I might not go that far, I would agree that it is definitely in the top ten! At 489 pages without the appendices, this is a long novel, so you will need to read at a faster pace than you did with Ender's Game.
The number of characters introduced in Book I, "Dune," is mind-boggling, and it is hard to remember who is who, at first, but once you get into the novel, you will discover that the main plot involves a core cast of characters who are memorable individuals.
House Atreides includes: Duke Leto of Caladan; his concubine, Jessica; their son, Paul [also known as Maud'Dib]; their daughter, Alia; the physician, Wellington Yueh; the mentat, Thufir Hawat; the "troubadour-warrior, Gurney Hallack; and the swordmaster, Duncan Idaho.
House Harkonnen, enemies of the Atreides, includes: The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen; his nephews Feyd-Rautha and Rabban; and the mentat Piter.
Other characters who are introduced in this section of the novel include: the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother, the planetary ecologist Pardot Kynes, and the Fremen Mapes and Stilgar.
We are scheduled to finish this book by October 27th [the postcards are due October 28th], so you need to read steadily, completing Book I: "Dune" by Saturday night. My questions for you this week include the following:
Try to stay within Book I: "Dune" in your responses. We will move on to Book II: "Muad'Dib" next week, so you need to keep reading!
Teacher Barb :)
I expect each of you to contribute a MINIMUM of twice a week to the blog--once to post a question or discussion point for the novel we are reading [250-300 words], and once in answer to someone else's post [50-100 words... Not just "Me too!" responses]. The blog is in lieu of keeping a journal for each book we will read during the semester, and I am really interested in how well this will focus our class discussions of our reading! Of course, it will count as part of your grade as well, so I am expecting thoughtful and thought-provoking entries from each of you!