3 Reasons Why You Should Read the Book After Watching Dune (2021)

‘Dune’ (2021) is mindblowing. Its visual effects and auditory cues make it one of my favorite films of all time. The film influenced me to start reading the novel immediately after leaving the theatres. And the experience of reading the novel was as exciting as watching the movie!

I realized that reading the book after watching the film was the right choice and here are three reasons why:

1. Enjoy the Beautiful Literature

Frank Herbert has beautifully scripted this book and it is considered to be one of the best sci-fi books ever written. Personally, I enjoyed it thoroughly and I believe that it is worth the hype.

The book has been written in a very unique fashion. Each chapter begins with a quote from the future that hints at the upcoming events. Yet, even after getting an idea about what could happen next, the reader is never tempted to leave the book halfway.

Dune is quite complex and has a lot of new concepts which might be overwhelming at first hence reading the book after watching the film makes many ideas comprehensible.

2. Complete the Story

Denis Villeneuve did an amazing job of adapting the novel with stunning cinematography and breathtaking scenes. Yet, the film misses out on a few scenes which might not be crucial to the storyline but would have made the movie even more entertaining. Especially the banquet scene where the Atreides have a get-together with the Arrakis locals. And another scene where Paul mourns for his father in the sandy dunes while being trapped in a tent.

Dune has a massive storyline that cannot be fit into a two-and-a-half-hour film, and hence, the film only covers half the book. The second half of the story is more entertaining and enjoyable than the first half. And reading the second half has made me even more excited for the sequel film.

3. Admire the Complex World

Frank Herbert took more than 5 years to design the topology of this complex, convoluted, sandy world. The efforts put by him into designing the politics, climate, communities, flora, and fauna become evident as we go through the story.

One thing I love about the book is that the author has also kept in mind the history and evolution of humankind before presenting us with the main storyline. This information is presented to us in the form of an ‘in-universe’ appendices at the end of the book. I also admire the glossary of words, which acts like a dictionary for readers to understand the unique words and terminologies.

Reading dune has been an amazing experience and I would recommend all of you to give it a shot. It is poetic, dramatic and one of the best fictional books ever created.

Happy Reading :)

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