Anyone read the Dune books? I'm just about wrapped up with book 3 of the 6 part seriesDuneDune MessiahChildren of DuneGod Emperor of DuneHeretics of DuneChapterhouse Dune
What strikes me about them though is how much of the Original Trilogy is similar in many, many ways. In fact when Frank Herbert first saw Star Wars, he actually considered suing George Lucas but in the end didn't because of all what Star Wars did for Sci Fi in general. His biggest beef is that there was work being done on a Dune movie at the same time and it took until 1984 to get it out. SW is a lot different than Dune and Lucas has admitted to borrowing from many,many sources (Kurosawa, Wizard of Oz, Flash Gorfon etc) but of all of those, the Dune stuff is the stuff that stands out the most and I rarely hear that.
I won't go much further than that if nobody has read any of the books because I want to discuss that further. If not...Dune is one of the greatest works of Sci Fi on the planet. Instead of reading the latest EU Star Wars dreck, I suggest you at least give the first book a whirl