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  •  You added three paragraphs, an opinion with some (11+ / 0-)

    real flavor to it, and a controversial book/author worth talking about. Thank you.

    I read one and a half Dan Brown's: Da Vinci Code, and Angels &

    The "roller-coaster ride" was the best part of it for me. The puzzles were fun. And he hit a gusher in the zeitgeist, with his whole hidden knowledge/religious conspiracy thriller plot.

    I agree with the commonest criticisms you hear, though. One of them is the theme of this diary: his writing has neither the flavor nor craft in it to make a great novel (many would say, or a good one). And his characters don't breathe, shimmer and grow, like great characters.

    Considering how completely Brown conquered the world, there may be more on the plus side. But I haven't ferreted it out yet.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 06:40:23 PM PDT

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    •  So...heh, heh...is it ok to like the movies better (3+ / 0-)

      than the books, at least in this case?

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 08:01:37 PM PDT

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      •  My theory of adapting movies (which I stole from a (5+ / 0-)

        book or article I read) is, never try to adapt a book you love and find perfect. The movie just can't capture all the things the book did so well, and you usually end up with a pale imitation.

        Instead, find a second-rate book that excites you with a few strong ideas and characters, and build your own vision from that.

        Da Vinci Code had Ron Howard directing; Akiva Goldsman screenplay; Tom Hanks, Audrey Tatou, half a dozen more top actors; and millions of Hollywood dollars to make eye-candy with. Having read the book and seen the movie, I thought there was a lot more going on by the time it hit the screen.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:06:23 PM PDT

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