Frank Herbert wrote the original “Dune” series, which I have read in its entirety. For those who read the original series, the cliffhanger after Murbella takes over the Bene Gesserit and Sheena flees with a Duncan Idaho turning into the Kwisatz Haderach leaves people wanting more. Frank Herbert died, and his son Brian Herbert decided to try to finish the series. Brian Herbert arguably wrote the prequels, though I think Mr. Anderson did more of the work, though that is not a compliment. There are a variety of problems with the sequels and prequels that they wrote.

The Problems with the “Dune” Prequels by Brian Herbert:

  • Nearly every major character is an Atreides, Harkonnen or otherwise related to key people in the original books, despite a universe spanning thousands of years and worlds.
  • Canon? Who cares about canon based on details in the originals? Dune says Jessica was bought, Paul had never left Caladan and many other details just contradicted … regularly.
  • Depth, nuance, and quality are all irrelevant – we gotta churn out novels to make money here.
  • Young adult level space adventures on namesake worlds, and if you don’t like it, you’re the problem, not the writer named “Herbert”. We’ve got notes, we promise!
  • An original series meant to subvert the hero trope is contradicted by new works that love heroes.
  • You know the original message of not becoming dependent on machines? We’re going to say that Mentats and fighting were taught to humans BY sympathetic machines.

The Problems with the Sequels by Brian Herbert:

  • Let’s take genius characters like Miles Teg, dumb them down, and have them make dumber mistakes and say it is so we can sell books to people who never read the originals.
  • You need an enemy to explain what the Honored Matres fled. Forget the cliffhanger saying it was evolved Face Dancers. No, it is the enemy that we invented in the prequels.
  • Gholas let you bring back every major character from the original series and have all those what if confrontations. And they do in the final book as tackily as expected.
  • You know that amazing super-woman we invented in the prequels? She’s a God-like entity for a deus ex machina at the end … in a series that was very critical religious faith.
  • Do you like deus ex machina? The ending of the final book has THREE. And, frankly, one is too much.