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The Twinkie Defense

“David [Lynch] had trouble with the fact that Star Wars used up so much of Dune. We found sixteen points of identity between my novel and Star Wars. That is not to say this was other than coincidence, even though we figured the odds against coincidence and produced a number larger than the number of stars in the universe.”
— Frank Herbert (1920-1986) from the Introduction to Eye, 1985

 But the problem facing screenwriters recently has been that a guy named George Lucas already wandered through the book. Star Wars borrowed from Dune a lot, Frank Herbert allows. Then he takes the seriousness off it with a hearty chuckle: “And I think that they owe me at least a dinner.”
— from Rolling Stone #436, December 6 1984

After watching the gripping, marvelous, wonderful first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones (I haven’t read the book it’s based on yet, though I was gifted the series) it occurred to me (and I’m probably not the first) that George RR Martin too owes Frank Herbert a Twinkie at least. This is not as unachievable as it sounds since Herbert’s son Brian already dug up his father’s corpse years ago so he could piss and shit all over it. Go on, George! Give the man his Twinkie already!

(WARNING: MASSIVELY HUGE SPOILERS AHEAD.)

 

DUNE

GAME OF THRONES

Great Houses (of the Landsraad) Great Houses of Westeros
Duke Leto, patriarch of House Atreides, reluctantly relocates to Dune on the orders of the Emperor. Ned Stark, patriarch of House Stark, reluctantly relocates to King’s Landing on the orders of the King.
Leto is betrayed and killed on Dune. Ned Stark is betrayed and killed in King’s Landing.
The Fremen (Bedouin): formidable warriors living in the wild desert, viewed as savage / primitive by city dwellers. The Dothraki (Mongols): formidable warriors living on wild plains, viewed as savage / primitive by city dwellers.
Giant Sand Worms Giant Dragons
Paul Atreides, an exiled rightful heir to the ultimate throne, becomes a Fremen leader and will use giant sand worms to attack the capital city from the wilds. Daenerys Targaryen, an exiled rightful heir to the ultimate throne, becomes a Dothraki leader and will use giant dragons to attack the capital city from the wilds.

And if that doesn’t convince you, perhaps this will:

MIGHTY BEARD

MIGHTY BEARD

KS

Toshiro Mifune

I just learned today from reading this article (http://blastr.com/2011/06/10-unmade-star-trek-proje.php) that in 1977 Paramount was considering Toshiro Mifune for the role of a Klingon leader in a proposed Star Trek motion picture called Planet of the Titans (before Star Trek: The Motion Picture actually came to pass).

I imagine the idea didn’t get very far, but the very thought that one of the three or four greatest actors of all time was considered for both Star Trek **and** the role of Obi-Wan in Star Wars (1977), but only ended up in Steven Spielberg’s awful 1941 (1979) is just too heartbreaking for this geek to contemplate any further.

KS