I Still Like The Da Vinci Code

by kalbzayn on August 18, 2007

I watched The Da Vinci Code movie the other day and really enjoyed it. I also really liked the book.

For some reason, I feel like I should be ashamed. After all, all serious reviewers and most stuffy humans seemed to think it was incredibly plot holed and embarrassingly scripted and poorly researched.

Sure. But, I won’t be attending any essay readings at any coffee houses in New York.

I’m just a normal guy who enjoys a fairly dramatic and tense story with a couple of fun puzzles that can occupy a little bit of down time.

I also don’t care about any historical assumptions or mutilations he might have made. After all, it is fiction. I read books with magic dragons and thinking spaceships; sometimes in the same book. I can suspend my disbelief long enough to enjoy a good Holy Grail story.

But when an author starts dancing in religious history territory, he has to expect to step on a lot of easily offended toes. I actually went to a couple services at a church where they refuted the “facts” in the book; a fiction thriller.

I find it entertaining to hear people complain about plot holes and logic gaps from people whose entire life is guided by a book written by an omnipresent author who has never actually been seen. I don’t even know if he shows up to collect royalty checks for his book and I’m pretty sure it is the best selling book of all time.

Dan Brown does seem to be a bit of a stuffy shirt himself, though, which probably lead to a lot of the controversy. I’ve read of his complete belief in the details that he presents in the story. No matter how fictionalized the book is, he seems to believe the foundation of his story and that seems to make him a bit of a crackpot.

I still like the book and movie and recommend both as a good way to spend some free time.

What did you think of the book or the movie? I was actually expecting to not like it because I have trouble with Tom Hanks these days but despite myself it captured my attention.

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