May 23, 2006
The one comment I keep hearing is "What's the big deal? It's a fictional book! It's fiction! Enjoy it as a fictional story!" And I agree, in a way. I really do feel sorry for people who get their worldviews and their history from fiction. They probably thing The Patriot and Braveheart were both documentaries. People who are that gullible have more problems than The DaVinci Code anyway.
The problem is that to so many people, it's not fiction -- at least, the history involved isn't fiction. And one of those people is Dan Brown himself. Back in 2003, Brown was interviewed on the NPR program Weekend Edition and was asked about the fiction/fact issue:
LINDA WERTHEIMER: How long does it take you to research a book like this? I assume that, among other things, you would hear from the world if youve got anything wrong. (why yes, Linda, he has. He just ignores us.)
Mr. BROWN: Certainly. And it takes me about two and a half years to entirely research and write a book like this. Before I even started writing a page, Id spent a year in research, and a lot of the research for Angels and Demons that I did in Vatican City played into this book, as well as my art history training in Seville.
WERTHEIMER: Youre trying not to get too fictional with the facts here?
Mr. BROWN: Absolutely. The only thing fictional in The Da Vinci Code is the characters and the action that takes place. All of the locations, the paintings, the ancient history, the secret documents, the rituals, all of this is factual.
So for all of those people yelling at Christians that it's all just fiction, you might want to let Dan Brown know. And then you might want to find out how bad the research he did really is.
Posted by: Brother Bob at May 27, 2006 08:27 PM (KotLt)
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