danidee - Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (portrayed by Sting) was a minor character in the book - mainly a foil to his uncle the Baron - Feyd was constantly trying to assassinate his uncle to no avail. His main duty as a character was to engage Paul in the dual that would awaken the full-extent of Paul's super-human powers. The events of Feyd's life were only a vehicle to bring him to that important point - a footnote in Paul's.
LOL. I read all of the Dune books (the one's available when I was in high school in the mid 1980's) twice by the time I'd graduated. Another full read of the series when the "House" prequels were released and then a full read again of all 12 books in the series when the 3 early prequels - the ones that established the basis of "the known universe" for the main series - some 10,191 years before the events in the original books - I can say that without question the Dune books have been my favorite series of books.
Sting did a great job as Feyd. A fit, handsome, vicious man of few words. The issue with the David Lynch movie was all the weird ritualistic crap - I love the Mentat mantra - that's not in the books but I get a kick out of it. It's like the Litany of Fear but much more freaky and silly.
Like I said. I was like, "WTF?" when I first saw it. I hated it. I felt ripped off. Everything in my mind I saw when reading Herbert's words looked different than the dark, gothic, stylized, monochromatic, bland worlds David Lynch created.
The SyFy channel mini-series was much more faithful to the story... but those movies suffered for their lack of budget. It's hard to create new worlds and convey the scope and scale of a universe with hundreds of planets and cultures on a TV mini-series budget.
That being said, whereas I think Lynch's "Dune" had the main brush strokes of the story in the book, GOT has the main brush strokes of "A Song of Fire and Ice". And like the David Lynch film, I think in time it's going to stand on its own - not on the "movie (show) that couldn't be made" scale that is the amazing achievement that Peter Jackson accomplished with his incredibly faithful adaptations of "The Lord of the Rings". But as something along the lines of the countless other adaptations out there.
I do know comic uber-fans who hate the mixing up of the story lines of the Marvel movies. But there are MILLIONS of movie-goers who wouldn't OWN a comic book, much less take the time to read hundreds of them to understand the stories on the screen in their original form - but they LOVE the movies and have helped make Marvel one of the most valuable and profitable properties in the history of Hollywood.
GOT is an accomplishment on so many levels. My little meme and article above were totally tongue in cheek. I'm a fan. I have read the first 5 books in "A Song of Fire and Ice" and yes... GOT is totally mixing up character stories, dropping others, killing people off who are not dead, marrying people off who didn't get married, etc... But the greater brush strokes of the story are there. The main thrust of what the books represent is there.
And it is beautifully shot. Beautifully edited. Beautifully acted. And truly something that has never been accomplished before in the history of TV.
In time I think GOT will stand on its own - a version of the telling of the lives and events of the world that George RR Martin has given us to explore... I'm looking forward to what the next season of GOT brings. It's bound to be as memorable and controversial - as beautiful and tragic - as the past seasons have been.