prosa
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A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 5:54 am

Wanna hear something truly shocking? I just finished reading the super-duper blockbuster mega best-seller novel The DaVinci Code - and I hated it! Yep, as far as I'm concerned, it is poorly written, formulaic, melodramatic crapola. Note that the two main characters, thrown together by events, just happen to be a man and a woman, both about the same age, and both single. Can you say "contrived?" Not that any of the characters were the least interesting or realistic, of course, with the possible exception of the albino hitman (who was interesting mainly by virtue of being freaky). It annoyed me no end that most chapters were very short, as if the author aimed the book squarely at infrequent readers with short attention spans. Also note that most of the chapters ended with "cliffhangers" designed to hook in readers whose attention spans were really short; that's a common trick in children's literature that's more than a bit condescending in books meant for adults.
Let's see, what else is there to dislike ... for one thing, the author constantly kept tossing in bits about hidden codes, numerology, secret societies and such; it gave me the impression that he'd read about such things in one of those Bathroom Reader trivia compilations that you read while sitting on the donicker, and decided to toss them together in a novel so it would seem "intellectual." Speaking of condescending things, there was the way that male characters were referred to by their last names while all females got first-name treatment. Oh, and let's not forget the big thing - the Biblical mystery at the center of the story is wholly unoriginal, having been proposed by many historians and Biblical scholars, and used in fiction many times before (and, if I'm not mistaken, accepted as a strong possibility if not outright fact by certain Protestant denominations).
Yeah, I know, everyone's taste in reading is different, and it's obvious that an awful lot of people found The DaVinci Code an excellent book. I'm just not one of them.
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 6:30 am

I considered it a "beach book": One that's not challenging, just sort of light entertainment. I one thing I didn't get however was: what difference would it make if they did have Mary Magdalene bones? What would that prove, they couldn't even prove it was her. I did also notice how the female protagonist had to be uncommonly beautiful (of course) although I didn't catch the last name/ first name thing though- nice powers of observation.
 
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 6:39 am

I liked Angels and Demons better than the dVC.
 
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 11:05 am

I loved The DaVinci Code. And yes, I did read it at the beach.
 
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 11:14 am

Books like that and the Grisham series give me hope for my own writing aspirations. If those books can get published and read then there really is a wide open market. If only I can write to the least common denominator and master melodrama.

BTW I read the books, and enjoy them to an extent, they are airplane time passers, until I get pissed off that they are making money and I won't take the time to write one.

[Edited 2004-09-21 04:15:29]
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 11:27 am

What really surprises me is Sue Grafton's book series. Seems like a childrens series....D is for Dog, G is for Greed....I don't get it.
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prosa
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 11:34 am

What really surprises me is Sue Grafton's book series. Seems like a childrens series....D is for Dog, G is for Greed....I don't get it.

Those books are actually quite well written, though the main character gets a bit annoying over time. The main problem with the series is that the books are rather formulaic, each one pretty much the same as the others.
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prosa
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 11:36 am

I considered it a "beach book": One that's not challenging, just sort of light entertainment.

Agreed, but it's been hyped as some sort of pseudo-intellectual novel, i.e. read it and you'll get smarter. You'll pick up some trivia, which might come in handy at parties and other gatherings, but that's about it.
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 12:10 pm

PROSA, you'll see the same format if you read Dan Brown's prequel to the dV Code, as mentioned above, Angels & Demons, interesting stuff, but same damn thing. I was disappointed in it.
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Tue Sep 21, 2004 1:19 pm

As mindless entertainment the DaVinci Code ranks fairly high. It's supenseful, somewhat cerebral, and everyone knows there is a huge conspiracy being perpetrated by the Catholic Church and Opus Dei.  Big grin

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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:15 am

Haven't read the DaVinci Code, but know what you mean about it being touted as highly intellectual work.

By the way, I think I was the only person who HATED "The English Patient."
 
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:19 am


 Wow! Shocking!!!  Wow!

I have been told it is rubbish too, but I haven't had a chance to read it for myself yet. I will keep an open, but influenced, mind until then.  Big thumbs up
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:51 am

Right now, Dan Brown is probably rolling around in a room full of money. The DaVinci Code has been on the NY Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List for a year and a half (Currently @ 78 weeks, it had been #1 for a long time, and was just recently displaced by the new Patricia Cornwell novel); Angels and Demons is on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction (#6 in its' 37th Week on the list) and Paperback Fiction Best Seller Lists (#4 in its' 62nd week). Two other Dan Brown titles are on the Paperback Fiction List as well: Digital Fortress is #7 (31st Week); Deception Point is #8 (42nd Week)
 
prosa
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:00 pm

By the way, I think I was the only person who HATED "The English Patient."

I know of at least one other. Me.
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RE: A Shocking Revelation About Me!

Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:57 pm

Thank you, PROSA. That book made the rounds through my workplace and my review was similar to yours (eerily so, actually). Of course, everybody else loved the book. They didn't consider the "cliffhangers" to be built in commercial breaks for the made for TV movie. Reading it reminded me of reading "Reader's Digest." Nice little piles of trash when you're dropping the kids off at the pool, but otherwise written on a 5th grade level.
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