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    I only recently started reading it for the first time. Although the writing is kind of simple, I find that almost helps to move things along. I am only about 1/4 way through, though, so my feelings on this may change. I am enjoying it so far.
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    I am also reading it for the first time in anticipation of the movie coming out in a week. Loving it so far.

    Also being a Harry Potter fan, I just about dropped the Da Vinci Code about 3/4 of the way through. In a listing of the Priory of Sion Grandmasters, Nicholas Flamel is listed as having served in the 13th century (or thereabouts). Any other Harry Potter fans catch this? Is Nicholas Flamel an actual historical figure? If he is, I wasn't aware. I always assumed Harry Potter characters were loosely based on historical figures, but their names were made up by J.K. Rowling.

    Quick edit: a simple googling of Nicholas Flamel answered my own question, he is indeed a real historical figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swingkat View Post
    I read the Da Vinci code about a year ago. One of the things I remember thinking when I read it was that Dan Brown was so aiming for the movie deal with this book. You could almost see the "fade to black" after each scene . All in all, I thought it was the equivalent of a classical popcorn movie, entertaining and fluffy, and a bit ridiculous. After reading Angels and Demons, I also came to the conclusion that Dan Brown has a thing for evil catholics.
    I agree 100% with this. When I started reading this they had just announced who would be starring in the film version, and I couldn't help but see all the characters faces and actions. In a way it had ruined it for me because I didn't have an image of the characters myself, but of someone elses.
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    Personally, I think Paul Bettany is a perfect choice for Silas. And Tom Hanks looks more bookish and scholarly than Clive Owen or Russell Crowe. His character is not supposed to be a "manly man." Have to say that I like both of his other books much better than this one. Deception Point was a lot of fun, but I had it figured out way too early, as all of his books come back around at the end. Also, Angels and Demons was my favorite of what Brown has written.

    All of his books read very quickly, and while reading them, I saw the whole story in my mind like a movie. Yes, simplistic writing, but fun, fast paced and vivid. I like books that move quickly, and I think that his did. DaVinci Code was my least favorite of what he has written to this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer View Post
    I'm glad this thread was bumped. I thought I was the only one that thought his writing was weak. I also thought the characters were undeveloped (did anyone really care what happened to any of them?), the codes and puzzles were sometimes laughably simplistic, and the plot often seemed to wander off. Also, I was SO disappointed in the big secret that the brotherhood was trying to hide. I mean, its not like those theories had never been proposed before. They've been around for CENTURIES. Eh, I'd not fight it out with anyone, but I was disappointed in the entire book. However, I'm also better versed in religious history than a lot of people. So maybe that ruined it for me.
    I agree that the writing was weak. I started it ages ago when it was new, and couldn't get past the first few chapters. I may someday try it again, but I doubt it.

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    The Da Vinci Code is my favorite book!!!

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    I read that book it was fantastic it made you really think about religion and made you ask questions.
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    I absolutely LOVED this book. I finished in in three parts. I liked the fast pace, the characters, the "quest" and the historical information. I took it as fiction and enjoyed it as such. I'm very glad I read the book first. Now I won't get lost watching the movie without some kind of background. To me it was like a little mystery and treasure hunt at the same time.

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    I finally got around to reading The Da Vinci Code this week, hadn't been in any hurry, best seller status makes a book automatically suspect from my perspective. I figured I'd read it when I came across it in a thrift store, and had encountered it before but the name/noteriety had some folks figuring the book was worth a premium, and I'd kind of hoped for a paperback copy, which I'm unsure I've ever seen. Anyhow, ran into it, but a week after running into Angels and Demons, thankfully.

    Angels and Demons answered one question I'd had while reading the gushing blurbs inside the cover. All this time (and one of the reasons I wasn't in a rush to read TDVC) I've thought it sounded like a pronounced departure from the warfare genre I recalled Brown normally cranking out like so many others. Turns out it wasn't a departure, it was another Brown I was thinking of, Dale Brown. An ok story teller, but no one to rush to the store seeking.

    I don't have a personal grasp on why The Da Vinci Code would be considered controversial (at least back a few years when it was still hot), to me it was just a story.

    But a story, like Angels and Demons, which highlighted new areas that I was too unfamiliar with to realize how ignorant I was. I thoroughly enjoyed both novels, wouldn't mind encountering Robert Langdon again.

    The 'love interest' others mentioned didn't bother me, both women more than contributed to their tales I thought, and whatever attraction might have been in play was minimal overall. The off thing about both women as far as I was concerned was the relative ease they had in setting aside the deaths of their fathers to go traipsing off lickity split with Langdon. But they really didn't have all that much leeway, their respective courses (at least initially)were no brainer reactive moves made without the luxury of time to plan and deliberate.

    I appreciated the information that Langdon shared, I'd like his knowledge base. When he and Teabing started cluing Sophie into what (who) the Holy Grail represented it read like he was as prone to going overboard as any other specialist, interpreting what they see or hear and tailoring it to mesh with what they expect.

    He tells Sophie what legend tells us, then follows up saying what it actually is, and I'm thinking as I'm reading 'Says who?' I'm glad for them he was right, but I don't believe its far fetched to imagine his studied conclusion could have been incorrect.

    I like both novels for the copious tidbits such as the origin of the word heretic.

    They aren't highbrow novels, instead fast entertaining distractions.

    I hadn't encountered the plagarism claims before reading this thread tonight. Thats a shame. I've read Digital Fortress previously, he knows how to write. I was thinking that were I to write a book like The Da Vinci Code I'd almost surely rip someone off without knowing it, not remembering that I'd been exposed to something previously.

    However, the sheer number of similarities shown makes it difficult to explain away as inadvertent. As I see it, if Brown were to be so attuned to others work to have a dozen (score/more?) striking similarities with one authors work and it was indeed just his memory latching onto someone elses words rather than creating in innocent embarrassing form, he'd have similar liftings from others work as well. You'd think with a novel making your own tale of previously covered material that either he, or an editor or publishers flunkie would be perusing other works that he'd read in preparation to head off blunders of this type making it to press.

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