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Da Vinci Code is fake?

May 16th, 2006

I have been entertained by the Da Vinci Code controversy in the papers the past week. The Catholic church has been busy giving the new movie version of the Da Vinci Code the kind of publicity that you can’t buy. What I can’t understand is why?

One of the best books of the past few years, the best Canadian book in years, is Michel Basiliere’s Black bird. At the very beginning, after the title page, before chapter 1, is an unusual authors note:

Readers with long memories or a command of Canadian history will complain that the following pages contradict known facts. Facts are one thing but fiction is another, and this is fiction.

“Facts are one thing but fiction is another, and this is fiction”; It seems like such a duh statement, until you pick up a newspaper and they are wasting newsprint with articles about what Dan Brown got wrong in the Da Vinci Code.

Lets get this really clear, Dan Brown is a novelist. He wrote a novel that millions of people bought, that is being turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, that has made Dan Brown wealthy beyond my wildest dreams. Dan Brown got nothing wrong. Anybody who treats the Da Vinci Code as fact, who wants to argue points of interest in the Da Vinci Code, got it wrong.

The Da Vinci Code, like many novels, mixes fact with fiction to create an interesting story: Yes, there was a Da Vinci. Yes there is an Opus Dei founded by Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-1975), yes there was a Jesus and a Mary Magdalene. Mix them together in a rather formulaic yarn, and you have the Da Vinci Code.

In Paris there is a museum called the Louvre, just like in Dan Brown’s book. There is also a Paris Louvre in Team America World Police, that gets blown up when Team America is chasing some terrorists. Do you cancel the Paris vacation because the Louvre is no longer there?

So why would you think 2,000 years of history is in need of a re-write because of a novel.

One last thought. Why is it than Dan Brown supposedly gave away the secrets of a 600 year old secret society, one that, according to the Da Vinci Code, is not above killing to keep it’s secrets. Yet nobody expects Dan Brown to be killed for giving up those secrets. If the secret society part of the book is not considered true, how can anything else in the book be considered true?

If you are reading this surprised to find that the facts in the Da Vinci Code are in question, go read a history book. Stop getting your information from Oliver Stone movies and Dan Brown books. The facts are not in question, they are well established and Dan Brown does not have them.

And to the Catholic church, stop giving this movie all the free publicity it doesn’t need. You are an institution that is nearly 2000 years old; get a little self-confidence already.

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  1. Dave Lucas
    May 16th, 2006 at 13:05 | #1

    Everyone has forgotten: DVC is fantasy. It’s a novel! I’ve blogged about it too!

  2. Joanne (True Blue)
    May 16th, 2006 at 15:47 | #2

    Your last paragraph is right on! Controversy sells. You can’t buy that kind of publicity.

  3. Ron
    May 17th, 2006 at 08:00 | #3

    You know, if Dan Brown had any sense of responsibility he would have put something like “A Novel” on the cover. Just so we could avoid this kind of controversy.

  4. Brian
    May 17th, 2006 at 08:12 | #4

    Since Dan Brown was a bargain-bin novelist prior to the Da Vinci Code, the fact any body noticed his book probably took him a bit by surprise.

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