What’s interesting is I apparently know more about Dune than I thought because nearly everything you said I recognize. I don’t have a complete “all in one” picture of Dune yet I had a surprising amount of memories of it.
It’s possible I did watch enough to absorb it, or perhaps my enthusiastic friends talking about it sunk in – I’m not sure.
It’s weird; I can have a long, full fledged conversation about Hunger Games, even though I never read it because I’ve absorbed enough of it from people and images. Same with Lord of the Rings; I’ve only ever read the Hobbit and saw the first movie, but I know the whole story as if I’d experienced all of it.
I could name many others; I usually just say, “Yes” and I never have a problem and always learn more.
With Dune I wasn’t so sure I could do that. Maybe I could. Not sure though.
I think it stems back to a friend I had when I was 17 and he was 14. He had just experienced Dune and … well… it was his one topic. We used to talk about other things. But he kept pressuring me to watch it. [it was a level beyond fandom] So I think that’s what stuck with me. I should get over that hurdle and just go through it.
I had the same experience with Discworld. A friend who was more than fandom. There’s a few other series’ that I kinda avoided like that.
Yet, fandom I’m ok with. I’m not sure what the level-past would be though.
In any case, I need to add it to my bucket-list and hopefully get to it before then.