I read Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” and thought it was a good book. It had a really good story line – – and some an awesome mystery and thread that made it hard to put down. When I was finished reading his book, I thought… “Hmm.. interesting take.”
Kind of like when I saw Oliver Stone’s “JFK” on DVD. “Hmm.. interesting take,” thought I.
The whole time understanding, and realizing, that it’s fiction. It’s not an accounting of the true events… because there’s no real historical documentation to back any of it up. It’s just one author’s imagination put to paper.
I have to wonder about why so much time and effort has been put into ‘debunking The Da Vinci Code’ as if the work, itself, is a documentary.
Unless I’m wrong and missed where the author defended his work as historical non-fiction?
That’s all. Nothing serious – – just pondering.
14 thoughts on “Debunking DaVinci”
Organized Christian religions have jumped on debunking the story because it is based on non-fiction accounts. They don’t want their parishioners to think there is any fact to the story because it might de-rail some of the church’s teachings and worse case scenario, lose some of the ones that were on the fence about the church. Head count in a church means money and if people take DB’s story as loose fact, then the churches could lose out.
I’ll stop rambling now. LOL I surfed in from Blog Clicker. Love the template you have here!
Hi Shelly – thanks for stopping in .. not that you had a choice with those 30 seconds Blog Clicker forces you to stay here! lol.. but am glad you stopped long enough to leave a note 🙂
I suspect that the push to ‘debunk’ Brown’s Da Vinci Code is motivated by fear that people will mistake his fiction for non-fiction.
Maybe someone should debunk Jurassic Park. Hey, it could happen – – and who says it hasn’t already?? *conspire conspire*
Ahhh, but I came back! 🙂 I agree that it’s fear that pushes them. And since you read it, didn’t you feel like it was all very plausible? 🙂 I know at the end I had to mentally shake myself and say, “okay, it’s fiction” but man it sounded good during the reading!
I’m looking forward to seeing the movie version — even though I’m not sure I’m going to like Tom Hanks as the lead, but we’ll see!
Definitley I could see someone other than Tom Hanks in the lead of that movie. I could totally see Nicholas Cage ala’ National Treasure – but that’s just me.
I didn’t really have to mentally shake myself to remind me that it’s fiction. I guess I just didn’t give it that much thought beyond “Wow – that was a great story”.. one of those stories where you were kinda upset that it was over.. cuz you really wanted the story to continue. 🙂
Maybe if I were a christian, I would be more offended, eh? 😉
That’s what I thought after the whole hulla-baloo started, that if I were Christian, my panties might be in a bunch too. I just thought it was an excellent book. Any book that draws me in like that always has me doing the mental shake thing. I used to have to do that for Patricia Cornwell books, but not anymore…but that’s another gripe. LOL
I kinda pictured Greg Kinnear as Robert Langdon, but Cage would be okay with me! 🙂
Hmmm.. Greg Kinnear. I could go for that, no prob. 🙂
Now, Patricia Cornwell . . . I have enjoyed her books a lot. I like her Scarpetta series. But then, I’m a big fan of medical mysteries. No one does them better than Michael Palmer, though. Must be the nurse in me lol
That’s it – you came via Blog Clicker and then came back, and THEN came back again and you like some decent authors – I’m gonna have to visit you now.. 😀
Ahhh, you like Cornwell! Me too except her last two books. See great minds think alike!!! I have never tried a Palmer story before, but now I’m intrigued. I used to work in a book store, so I’ve seen his books, I guess now I have to make a visit to our local UBS!
Now, I guess I’m going to have to blogroll you! :d
You will absolutely not be dissapointed with any Michael Palmer book. If you are – I swear, I’ll eat my hat.
Hmmm… what goes good with hat? Pasta? Rice? White wine or red? 8-}
I suppose that the next step in our relationship is the blogroll, eh? I’m just warning you now – I don’t kiss on the first date.
I had that book on audio and never finished it. It always made me fall asleep. Maybe I’ll try again with the written version, if you liked it. It could have been the voice.
It could have been the voice. I’ve listened to audio books that I really just didn’t like even though I’d already read the book… and vice versa, I’ve read books that I didn’t care for the audio book for…
The book is really a great read!:-b
I agree that it might have been the voice. I read the book first then bought it on audio and On CD it was a little much. There’s so much to keep up with and the reader was just so-so.
Loved both DaVinci and Angels & Demons, but yes, they’re works of fiction. I’ve gotta chuckle about the lawsuits over it. Uhm, you presented it as a non-fiction theory, and now you’re going to sue over somebody saying that it’s a plausible theory? Personally, I loved warped religion stuff and have watched several of the DVDs investigating the theories behind the Davinci Code. Netflix has a couple that are very interesting.
As for the movie, I seem to be one of the few who think that Hanks is a great choice. I don’t like Cage in it, because I think it’s too normal of a role for him, I think it would cause too many comparisons between the excellent National Treasure and Davinci, and because he just doesn’t seem right for it. Hanks seems like the professory type, although Kinnear doesn’t seem like a bad choice (maybe a touch young, however).
Cornwall? Read the first Scarpetta one and really liked it. I just haven’t gotten around to any more in the series. I also have her Jack the Ripper one which I really want to watch and haven’t gotten around to yet.
Being a Christian, I thought I’d throw my 2 cents in here. I personally loved the book. I actually own all his books and really enjoyed them. He is an extremely good author which is why I believe some people are so concerned. I’m not really following the stories in the news about lawsuits over it. I’m just coming from conversations I’ve had. Even though this work is fiction, there are some people who actually believe things like this. I’ve had conversations with people who read the book and took most, if not all, of the story to be fact. They made their arguements based on things they got from the book. I think some things in his stories have just enough fact mixed in with fiction to confuse some people. Like Shelly said, its based on non-fiction accounts. He definately did his research. It is very intelligent and detailed. Another concern I’ve heard about the movie is that younger audiences will be more likely to be exposed to it than the book. And here again is the concern that they will confuse fiction and non-fiction, especially since they aren’t as mature. Most of what I’ve seen going on in the church is how to respond to those people who do start to question Christianity and its history after reading the book.
I can see where Christians would be offended though because its portraying our Lord and Savior as something He is not. I should probably be more offended than I am. I guess I’m kindof torn.
It’s my opinion that we currently live in a society of anti-intellectualism and therefore suffer the consequences of that current trend. Subsequently people are easily swayed by one thing or another, assumptions are made with no clear thought process involved.
Granted, like you say the book is nothing more than fiction and is advertised and sold as such. Having said that the book should be read and enjoyed (or detested) on that level and nothing more. It would seem to be a simple thing, and yet all this hubbub has ensued.
I think it obvious that the true issue lies not within a fictional book but a fictional intellect of people which they have superimposed upon their very existence!