Down the Tubes: The Themes of Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ Explained

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The promotional material we’ve seen from Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune so far has been well-received across the internet, but it remains to be seen if general audiences will shell out their hard-earned cash to see it. Dune isn’t exactly known for its accessibility.

If you have no idea what Dune is about and think it sounds weird and overly complicated, have no fear. Quinn from YouTube channel Quinn’s Ideas has got you covered.


If you already plan to see Villeneuve’s Dune this fall but are unfamiliar with the novels or any of the previous adaptations and need a primer, I highly recommend surfing around Quinn’s channel (check out our other Down the Tubes featuring Quinn’s Ideas here). The guy knows these books and Herbert’s legendarium inside and out. And he’s not annoying (which counts for a lot when it comes to YouTubers).

What do you think? Are you in for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune no matter what or are you on the fence? Have you read Herbert’s novels or seen the previous adaptations or is Dune just not your bag? Tell us about it in the comments!

Author: Billy Dhalgren

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