Friday, 7 April 2017

AtoZ2017 - F is for Face-Dancer & Fenrir Greyback #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Day 6 of the AtoZChallenge and the letter F. Every day in April (except Sundays) I will be making a post about shapeshifters of all kinds. Check back to see my choices and, from time to time some flash fiction too.

F is for 


Today we go scifi with a serious dose of fantasy in Frank Herbert's Dune Messiah, or as it was made by SciFi Channel, Children of Dune, since they put both books together.

A Face-Dancer is a Tleilaxian who has the ability to mimic any human they chose. In Dune Messiah (or the first episode of the SciFi production) Scytale (Martin McDougall) uses his abilities to become the daughter of one of Paul Atreides' old friends. Paul is the Emperor of the known universe and Scytale is one of the plots against him by Wensicia, daughter of the previous Emperor.

Paul knows Scytale is a spy, but also knows he must allow certain events to play out. In the end Scytale offers Paul something that is almost possible to refuse, in a twist even Paul has not seen.

Children of Dune is a 3 part mini-series and is well worth a watch. It is beautifully made and well adapted from the books. The original mini-series of Dune is also very well done.

Werewolf of the Day

Fenrir Greyback (Harry Potter)

Fenrir Greyback is a nasty piece of work and a werewolf. Not that he doesn't have a point abou the way the Wizarding world treats werewolves. However, his mission in life is to infect as many people with lycanthropy as possible to build his own personal army.

He is the reason Remus is a werewolf.

He fights with Voldemort and during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower left Bill Weasley with bad scars, although he did not bite him. He also wanted to bite as many children at Hogwarts as possible, which, thankfully he was unable to do.

It is assumed he was captured with the other allies of Voldemort after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Some werewolves are sympathetic character, Greyback is definitely not one of them. His life experiences have made him bad to the bone.

Thank you for joining me today, I hoped you enjoyed my shapeshifting choices.
  • Have you read any of the Dune book? Which is your favourite?
  • If you were a Harry Potter werewolf do you think you would side with the light like Remus, or would the injustice force you towards Greyback?
Happy AtoZing!

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  1. Yay, Dune! What a great series of books. I did watch the movies too, but the books are the best. So much interesting stuff in there, like the face dancers.
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  2. Hi Tasha - I tried to read Dune once ... so I'm afraid rather out of my ken ... I'm just glad there are people who join with you in their love of this sort of genre ... cheers Hilary

  3. I liked it that Rowling did the classic werewolf thing. I was not okay with how they did the makeup for him in the movies, though.

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  4. Dune is one of my all time favorite books. I have to admit the sequels didn't really do much for me, although I thought "face dancer" was a really clever term.

  5. Haven't read the Dune series so can't comment on it. But I am Team Remus all the way :)

  6. The werewolves in Harry Potter were really interesting to me. And of course, Remus is one of my favorite characters!

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  7. I've only read the first Dune book, which I didn't really get into. Though the movie was very cool though.

    I don't understand how they don't have a cure for lycanthropy in the Harry Potter universe. They have magic for EVERYTHING, and are able to cure/fix/undo the most ridiculous things, but there are random spells and curses that for some reason can't be undone. (Also, it's okay for a 13-year old to use time travel to take extra classes, but not okay to use it to stop some of the most dangerous dark wizards in history).

    The magic is pretty nonsensical, which I actually hope was on purpose.

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  8. I gobbled up the Dune books! They were amazing, but I never saw a Dune film. I think I wanted to keep the images of the worms and the dry planet I had from reading.

  9. I did read Dune after seeing the 1984 movie. Both were amazing.

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  10. I have not read the Dune books but at least I am aware of them. I loved Harry Potter. I awoke early one morning to find that one of my sons had raced out to the store the day one of the volumes went on sale and had left it on my desk for me. What a great surprise.

  11. The Dune my one of the most prominent TBR so many of my friend tell me I must read it... I have those first I must read the book and then I may watch the film.
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  12. I have to admit to being another member of the "tried to read Dune but didn't get far" club. I was only about 12 at the time, though, so maybe I would be more successful now. I'm not a massive HP fan either, but I appreciate the need for an out-and-out villain that you can root for the good guys to beat.

  13. I watched the movie Dune--possibly the 1984 version. Most of what I remember is this scary, giant worm that would erupt out of the desert sand. Definitely scary.

  14. I read the first Dune book, long ago. I've seen the movie a few times, so that stands out more for me than the book does. I haven't seen the miniseries, but I like the Dune world, so I definitely need to check it out.

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  15. I watched the original dune movie with Kyle maclachlan and the extended cut of it. I did see the scifi channels first part too. I was really sad that Pauls sister Alia turned crazy. She was my favorite character in the original movie.

    I have no sympathy for greyback. Lupin kept his humanity and tried to keep away from everyone.


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