Ok, so there was an article today on www.msn.com about some Cardinal at the Vatican bashing on the Da Vinci Code book. He was basically saying that the book promoted ‘anti-catholic’ beliefs and the success of the book was showing how there is still a major anti-catholic bias in society. or something like that. Ok, so i’m not catholic, but i’m christian, so i’ve got a religious perspective on the thing. plus, i’ve read the book. so anyhow, i do agree that if you read the book, there are events that go on in the book that portray the catholic church VERY negatively and make it look like they invented a bunch of stuff about jesus and twisted how the book says things really were.
And then, you look up, in the bookstore or library where you picked up the book and realize that directly above your head is a large sign that says,
“FICTION: the books in this section contain stories that are made up.
someone made – them – up. don’t believe a word they say. it’s all
pretend. like Harry Potter, ya know.”
So, yes, there are little historical truths intermingled within the book, like, yes there were (and still are, for that matter) the Knights Templar, and the Louvre is a real museum, and Leonardo Da Vinci was a sarcastic artist who may have had it in for the catholic church and hidden some heratical stuff in his paintings, blah blah blah, blah. But all this book does is prove that this writer is very good at taking small truths and stringing them together and inserting extremely interesting fiction inbetween that bashes organized religion, which we all know is America’s favorite past time. It’s like a secular dream come true. So of course people are going to start going ‘what if’.
Basically, as i see it, it’s a well-written conspiracy theory disguising itself as scholarly, intellectual thought, fed to the masses through the form of fictional novel. Think about it, if this book had been released as non-fiction with just the facts (not the eleborate scavenger hunt it was) with mr. brown’s saying what he thought the real truth was, it would not have been nearly as popular.
If you want to, compare it to the left behind series. those are great books that put a FICTIONAL storyline to the timeline of Revelations. They get people interested in the bible and the end times way more than just handing out copies of the bible (in some cases).
Fiction makes things accessible- because you can always say it’s just fiction.
So, my final advice is take your non-fiction with a grain of salt, and your fiction with a whole salt lick.
Have a nice day. Happy Day-after-the-ides-of-March!