I Still Hate “The Da Vinci Code”

November 4, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Book Blather, Fiction, Rude Poetry | 4 Comments

My preference would be to pretend I never read The Da Vinci Code and wait for enough time to pass that I could block it from my mind.  Ahh, but the upcoming release of the even crappier Angels and Demons will undoubtedly resuscitate interest in this sadly overrated writer and his “historically based” “novels.”  Worse, I just read the Entertainment Weekly list of “New Classics” and found that The Da Vinci Code weighed in at #96, while nothing by Douglas Coupland was anywhere to be seen.

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Worse still, people still take this tripe seriously, in spite of the best endeavors of real experts.  This darn book has led to actual murder and suicide.  Whether an author should take any responsibility for the actions of his deranged fans is a pretty fascinating literary discussion we should hold at another time.  I prefer to think that The Da Vinci Code emits a sort of miasma of confusion that poisons the minds of anyone not prepared to debunk it.

I won’t do bullet points here, but I will point you to a website and an article that should be good starting places.  You could also read Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code by Bart D. Ehrman.  I will also say that the reason the book annoys me so much has nothing to do with its challenge to the Roman Catholic Church, as I am ha-ha-ha-hardly a practicing Catholic these days.  The book annoys me because it purports to be based on fact, and it doesn’t take more than the smattering of linguistics, history, and art history that I picked up as an undergrad to see through it.  Unfortunately, it seems most of the book’s readers don’t have that particular background.

It’s poorly written!  It “borrows” liberally from other authors’ work without attribution!  It claims to be based on “facts” that are not factual!  For some reason, there are people who claim it’s the best book ever written!  This book makes me break out in hives!

Whew.  Thanks for letting me get that out of my system.  Just be glad I’m not posting about history and the film Gladiator.

Now I will express myself with a little poem:

Dan Brown, Dan Brown,

Get out of town!

You make me frown.

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