Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Da Vinci Code is not dangerous. It's not even that good!

I already wrote about the fundamentalist freakshows having kittens over Harry Potter books in (public) school libraries. Now the evil narrative du jour is the criminally overrated Da Vinci Code, and I so do not get it.

For one thing, the threat of Harry Potter lies in its pure, unapologetic awesomeness. Those books kick so much imaginative ass they can set even a freeze dried old English professor like me aglow. That power presents serious temptation; it's one of the most succulent fruits in the garden, especially of course for kids.

But The Da Vinci Code? Scares you why?

I read it, and it was fine for a Saturday afternoon, but it's hardly Shakespeare. It's better than Deception Point--but so is a punch in the nose, if we're keeping score, because man that book sucks. Point being, I absolutely believe The Da Vinci Code's hype wrote checks the book can't cash, but it doesn't matter since the people who fear its influence so insanely will never read it (or see the film). Why would they? There's nothing there for them. The book and film are marketed to an adult audience, and the adult cuckoo birds who flap around in a frenzy over hack fiction will never get close enough to catch the anti-church cooties, and every other adult in the world has enough sense to deal with fiction as fiction, even when it's excellent fiction, which this is not. So relax already.

7 Comments:

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Tense Teacher said...

FICTION is the key word here. People are lemmings, and they drive me nuts.

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Shell said...

I know. I can't even deal with it sometimes.

 
At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Bug said...

I picked that damn book up the other day and girl I'm bored to tears! I don't see how the hell anyone can get pissed over the biblical stuff when the writing is just so crappy that it's unbelievable to begin with *chuckle*

 
At 5:52 AM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

People are insane. That is why I feel I am justified in my ques to systematically murder them one by one.

It may take a while.

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger CrankyProf said...

Oh, what a flaming piece of turd DVC was. Truly hideous. The plot holes...the characterization...GAH!

It's like garlic to a vampire for me.

"Angels and Demons" was marginally better -- and would have made a better movie.

What I think is HYSTERICAL is all the to-do about it from people who haven't read it, will never read it, and won't see the movie.

 
At 4:35 AM, Blogger David C. said...

Hey Shell,

I luv the adult cuckoo's comment regarding the Da Vinci Code Movie.

I found a wiki-based site that would benefit from your remarks and input.
It looks like a ‘Code’ author has dumped his content into a wiki so anyone can go in and edit what’s there or add new content. Seems interesting...the URL is

http://secretsbehindthedavincicode.wetpaint.com

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Onyx said...

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