It's hard for me to admit this but I'm a sucker for mainstream books, and this book is definitely one of them. I decided to read this book when they announced they were going to make a movie and thought it might be a good idea to read the book because I knew that everyone would say, "The book was better than the movie!!!"
My reaction to the book was that it was very good. The story line was well written and even though there was a lot of stuff going on that most reader would need a "symbology PHD" to understand, Dan Brown was able to keep me interested throughout the book.
Now on to the argument about the book being based off of fact or speculation. I personally believe that this book is a FICTION novel so I had to read it with that in mind. There was a ton of controversy around this novel and I really don't think it was needed. But with that aside, the book was very entertaining.
One of the best part of the novel for me was having Langdon travel around Europe. As a person who loves traveling through Europe and has done it multiple time, Dan Brown does a great job painting a picture in my head of all the churches, museums and towns that Langdon travels to.
I would highly recommend this book to people who not only love adventure, but love histories, mysteries, and having trips through Europe painted in their head.
Compared to the film.
So yes, like expected, the book was better than the film. The film was good and I loved the fact that they filmed all over Europe, but one thing that just rubbed me wrong was changing the entire end of the story.
At first I thought they had to change the end to make it work with the film, but the more I thought about it there was really no reason to change the end, and ultimately, the books ending was better!
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The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 mystery-detective fiction novel written by American author Dan Brown. It follows symbologist Robert Langdon as he investigates a murder in Paris's Louvre Museum and discovers a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of Jesus Christ of Nazareth having been married to and fathering a child with Mary Magdalene.
The title of the novel refers to, among other things, the fact that the murder victim is found in the Denon Wing of the Louvre, naked and posed like Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing, the Vitruvian Man, with a cryptic message written beside his body and a pentacle drawn on his stomach in his own blood.
The novel has provoked a popular interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and Magdalene's role in the history of Christianity. The book has been extensively denounced by many Christian denominations as a dishonest attack on the Roman Catholic Church. It has also been criticized for its historical and scientific inaccuracy.
The book is a worldwide bestseller that had sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and that has been translated into 44 languages. Combining the detective, thriller, and conspiracy fiction genres, it is Brown's second novel to include the character Robert Langdon, the first being his 2000 novel Angels & Demons. In November 2004 Random House published a Special Illustrated Edition with 160 illustrations. In 2006 a film adaptation was released by Sony's Columbia...