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"The Da Vinci Code" Is Dan Browns version worthy of recognition?

  • Jun 3, 2010
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Upon writing a review about Dan Brown's controversial book "The Da Vinci Code", one must consider several different aspects before writing it.

First, one must determine if the content of the book is worthy enough to be explored, examined, and distinquished enough to be considered to be examined in order to prove it's authenticity. I feel the answer to this question is obvious about this book. "The Da Vinci Code" is a story about possible hidden messages, placed within the actual paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci himself, that may reveil the possible truth that Jesus Christ himself, may have had sexual relations with the biblical character Mary Magdelan, and may have produced offspring from this relationship. Proof of this would most certainly rock the foundations of the Christian world as we know it. If this story isn't worthy enough for further examination, then I don't know what is!

Next, one must determine if this story was written in a way that would be considered masterful and full of content that one might consider on the cutting edge of writing expertise. Again, I feel that the answer to this question is very easy. Dan Brown has taken this very controversial subject and has met it head on by introducing an array of complex characters such as Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu who investigate a murder in the Paris Lourve Museum and unravle a secret battle between The Priory of Sion and Opus Dei. If they can uncover the mystery behind this battle, they may unlock the truth behind the question if Jesus Christ truly has offspring roaming around the earth today. Besides the obvious, this book is filled with cryptic messages and hidden agendas that will tantilize every reader from beginning to the end. In my opinion, this book is a written masterpiece!

Lastly, one must determine if this book is original and genuine in it's nature. And the answer to this question is absolutely NO! There is nothing original about the content of this book. Most people who pick up and read this book might be led to believe that Dan Brown was the one who did all the extensive research about this highly controversial subject. WRONG! The content of this subject was painfully and extensively done by authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, who produced the highly acclaimed book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail". This is the book that started it all! These authors went on a 10 year quest in order to obtain "The Holy Grail". On their quest, they encountered stories of politics and faith that read like a thriller/mystery novel. They touched on the lives of The Knights Templar, the Prieure De Sion, and its involvement in reinstating decendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power. While desending into the depths of this controversial subject, the authors wanted the world to know that their reasoning for this exploration was in no way to compromise or demean Jesus, but to offer another more complete prospective of Jesus as God's incarnation of man. So inlight of this old and proper information, it is very easy to see that Dan Brown had nothing to do with the fabulous and awesome revelations that there may be actual and factual information leading to the fact that Jesus may have had sexual relations with Mary Magdellan, as well as producing many offspring along the way. Give credit where credit is due! Give it to the authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. If it weren't for them, Dan Brown would of never produced a New York's Best Seller, as well as a multi-million dollar movie called "The Da Vinci Code".

In conclusion, when reviewing the book by Dan Brown, "The Da Vinci Code" I have to give it a double thumbs up as it pertains to the masterful writing skills and the originality of it's storyline when presented to it's readers. But as it pertains to the originality of it's content, I have to give it a double thumbs down. The reason being is because there is no originality. The whole content of this book was stolen from the long and hard sought exploration of authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. They are the true masterminds behind this book! Even known Dan Brown legally won a decision proclaming no plagerism on his part, I feel that he stole the ideas of a perfectly profound idea, conducted by a perfectly bunch of intelligent men. Sorry Dan Brown. Your book may have produced millions of sold copies and may have produced millions of dollars on the big screen, but you will never convience me that you are anything more than a "shoplifter" of great ideas.

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October 07, 2010
I agree with your premise but, frankly, I disagree with your conclusion. I read HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL years ago ... long before THE DA VINCI CODE was fashionable. And I read THE DA VINCI CODE long after it had reached the top of the best seller lists. I enjoyed both and acknowledged them for what they were. The first was a controversial idea put forward based on dogged research that was, as you suggested, interesting and controversial. The second was a brilliant thriller that deserved its spot on the top of the lists. Lots of thriller writers get their ideas for novels from real life events or research that was done elsewhere and that doesn't make them plagiarists, thieves or hacks. That said, I think you've stated your opinion and supported it well. You can't ask any more than that from a good review which is, after all is said and done, a subjective opinion. Good job.
June 22, 2010
"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration of fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery--celebrate it if you like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: 'It's not where you take things from--it's where you take them to.'" -- Jim Jarmusch
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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...

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ISBN-10: 0385513755 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780385513753 (hbk.)
Photographer: Various
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Doubleday; Illustrated edition (November 2, 2004)
Date Published: (November 2, 2004)
Format: Hardcover: 480 pages, Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
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