The Davinci Code

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  1. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    I'm boycotting this crap.

    I do not support bad writing.


    So who and what do you read?
     


  2. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    It was shown in Cannes. Critics in the room snickered, apparently. They interviewed a few people as they exited the theater, and comments went:

    "I was so bored."
    "It goes too fast, no time to develop the characters."
    "Wasted my time."
    "well, it was... executed."
     


  3. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    ...I did think the book brought up some interesting points about Christianity, some interesting points of view I never thought of or heard about....

    P.S. Why can't the church acknowledge what it is... a fictional book?

    I don't speak for 'the church', however Brown has played both sides of the issue of fiction. He makes several claims of "FACT" in the front of the book, however his claims of fact are not true. When cornered on his claims of fact he takes the dodge that it's just a book of fiction. He acts as though it's a historical novel, a fictional story woven around true events. Except the events aren't true.

    As you yourself acknowledge in the first statements I quote above, his work of fiction brought up interesting points you've not thought of before. That's fine, but I would say that confirms the validity of interest many have in demonstrating Brown's factual errors.

    Again, I would suggest Salon's 'The Da Vinci Code Crock' as an article that tackles the factual problems without what many would view as Christian baggage.
     


  4. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    It was shown in Cannes. Critics in the room snickered, apparently. They interviewed a few people as they exited the theater, and comments went:

    "I was so bored."
    "It goes too fast, no time to develop the characters."
    "Wasted my time."
    "well, it was... executed."


    I read the book on an airplane as well - and had the same reaction to the book as these people did to the movie. Boring, no character development and a waste of time. It seemed to be clearly written with a film screenplay in mind.

    Perhaps when it comes out on DVD we will rent it. Until then, I really don't care.
     


  5. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    I'll be busy alphabetizing my canned goods.
     


  6. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Well, Dan Brown is no Umberto Eco.

    No one is like Umberto Eco...

    Just as long as they never cast Christian Slater again in one of the adaptations of his novels, I'm a happy man!

    Jon.
     


  7. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I'll be busy alphabetizing my canned goods.

    I'll be busy canonizing my canned goods.

    Jon.
     


  8. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I DID read it on an airplane.

    I AM reasonably intelligent (Shut up Bill).


    The fact that we've gotten to the point of preemptively telling Bill to shut up is both humorous and sad at the same time.

    Jon.
     


  9. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    P.S. Why can't the church acknowledge what it is... a fictional book?
    Because if people are allowed to read and criticize one fictional book, they might start criticizing others, like, oh I don’t know this book: [​IMG] Jon.
     


  10. Tck13

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    Again, I would suggest Salon's 'The Da Vinci Code Crock' as an article that tackles the factual problems without what many would view as Christian baggage.

    No offense to you AlanC, I respect whatever view you may have on Religion but...

    That article has more holes in it than the TDC. Although, it does kinda make me want to read "Holy Blood, Holy Grail".[​IMG]

    I think the farther I get from religion, the closer to God I get.


    Edit: hmmmmm. Maybe a new signature???
     


  11. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    Because of people are allowed to read and criticize one fictional book, they might start criticizing others, like, oh I don't know this book:

    [​IMG]

    Jon.


    Dammit!!!! I am sure that's a pic of the bible but my work computer won't let me see it.

    Could it be........
















    Satan?
     


  12. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Dammit!!!! I am sure that's a pic of the bible but my work computer won't let me see it.

    Could it be........

    Satan?


    [​IMG]

    Jon.

    (I changed the pic, it's a lower quality one now, however, which is of course the work of Satan)
     


  13. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    I'm looking forward to this movie....i've owned the book for a couple years but haven't ever bothered to start reading it. But i do enjoy films/stories about the greatest fictional historical character, Jesus.
     


  14. rdawson808

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    I recommend The Rule of Four as a better book in the genre. The jacket calls it a cross of Eco and Brown. It's more Brown than Eco.

    Tom



    Oooh, I just listened to this on audio book (so shoot me I have a 2 hr commute roundtrip) and it is REALLY good. I really liked it.

    Not quite on par with my favourite Foucault's Pendulum (which I'm sure I just spelled wrong), but it was good.

    Won't see The DaVinci Code simply because the "art historian" keeps calling him DaVinci rather than Leonardo.

    bob
     


  15. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    I forgot about that one...

    I would think it'd be pretty difficult to improve on Seuss" original.
     


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