Thursday, September 23, 2004

The Da Vinci Code - crock of shite

I finally caught up with the rest of the world and read the Da Vinci code the other day expecting a rollicking good read with lots of historical accuracy. What I got was what I described to Bungers as an average potboiler which despite claims to historical accuracy was very inaccurate in a lot of places. The disturbing thing to me is that Brown's version seems to have become interweb gospel.

Well let this be a lesson to all the believers. It's a fictional story not a history book.

20 comments:

bungers said...

Well, it must be true, seeing as you found it on one of your evangelical websites.

More of mmChronic's unbiased reporting to follow this afternoon when we examine the stories of "Darwin was a hoax" and "The World really is flat".

I'm gonna have you thrown to the lions.

:lol:

You'd think that picking it up in the "Fiction" section of the library might suggest something...

(Bungers heads off to that Church in Scotland with a trowel..)

mmChronic said...

And just because a Jeebusian says something it's automatically wrong? I was complaining to you of the farked up 'history' before I found that page. That page supports what I was thinking so of course I'm going to link it.

I know it's in the fiction section. It's a shame many others don't.

And it's still got a shit cop out ending.

I'm off to pray for forgiveness.

mmChronic said...

Oh and you're too late. ;)

bungers said...

hehehe.. PARPitty parp parp parp!

Anonymous said...

The Da Vinci Code: Foucault's Pendulum for people who can't read.

Cheers,
Simon B,
simon.brunning@gmail.com,
http://www.brunningonline.net/simon/blog/

Merg said...

The Da Vinci Code's based on some legitimate facts, some facts that are twisted to suit the author's ends, and a healthy dose of fiction -- kinda like most religious texts.

I quite enjoyed it as a novel -- much as I enjoy Robert Ludlum, etc.

Mind you, many of the "debunk" sites like to claim that "x can't be true because the Bible says" ... anyone else see the faulty logic there?

bungers said...

Bruhahaha!

And hi Simon, thanks for popping by... ;)

mmChronic said...

I was totally underwhelmed by it. I was expecting a cracking read due to the amount of adoration it was getting webwide. When it turned out to be just OK I was very disappointed. It is very Ludlumesque (books I enjoyed hugely as a teenager but I haven't read for ages) in that outrageously unbelievable coincidences are used to keep the story going.

I'm not arguing against Brown's twisting of facts to fit a story as every author using 'factual' backgrounds does that. What I dislike is the statement of some of those twists as fact and many people taking it as such.

And again the ending was just flat. At least if you're going to write a 'rip roaring adventure' give it a climax.

Using the Bible of absolute proof of something is madness - just like believing any bit of fiction as fact is madness. The number of reviews I've seen where they've raved about the masterful unravelling of the Grail mystery blah blah...

Merg said...

Yes, it's definitely very Ludlum-esque - a turn-off-brain literary equivalent of the action movie.

I think I approached it with much lower expectations than you did.

Agree with you about the ending though.

mmChronic said...

Yeah I would probably have enjoyed it more if I'd approached it as a 'cracking yarn'.

That's the last time I get suckered by interweb hyperbole. Probably. ;)

Merg said...

Actually, I thought I'd mentioned to you that it was ... ah ... dubious in the accuracy department. Perhaps I just intended to and forgot though...

So... any reccomended reads lately? I'm pretty much out of stuff to read.

mmChronic said...

Nah - the dVC is the first 'book' I've read in ages. I've been too busy writing the equivalent of 1.5 shit novels according to Blogger.

One of their posts the other day reckoned that the average novel was 50K words and I'm up to 76K on here now.

Merg said...

Take it to a publisher -- it's certainly more interesting that most of what makes it into print these days... probably better researched, too! ;)

mmChronic said...

Did you see Law of the playground has made it into print? Jammy fusker!

I'm off to talk to my literary agent.

Merg said...

No, but it doesn't surprise me...

The infamous "Things my girlfriend..." site was eventually turned into a book (tho' I understand it's substiantially different from the site, to be fair).

Dogs said...

Let's start a book club.

reality translation...

Let's pile round someone's house once per month, get pissed and talk bollocks...

Dogs: I didn't read it because DCB wouldn't let me.

mmChronic: yeh but no but yeh but no but yeh but no but it was crap

Merg: I concur

Bungers: I particularly enjoyed page 75 paragraph 3 "she slowly unzipped his.."

ILuvNUFC: Book? What book?

:)

mmChronic said...

Hello stranger.

Cheeky twunt! I never spell yeah as yeh! And that slaaaag Suzy let John finger her behind the bike sheds. Or something.

bungers said...

hehe.. that was very funny dogs! I suppose we can forgive your extended sessions of AWOLness if you can come up with some good comedy like that every six months... ;)

Merg said...

Nah, we can't -- stone him anyway!

ILuvNUFC said...

Gordon Fscking Bennett!!!
It lives.