Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Da Vinci Commode

This next post was going to be a continuation of the previous one but I noticed something last night that was both eerie and chilling that has interrupted my blogging schedule

I’ve posted a couple of times before about how much the success of The Da Vinci Code ticks me off. And that sense of irritation is being compounded by the all-pervasive hype that is being generated in advance of the release of the film of the book.

The success of The Da Vinci Code irritates me because

  • The writing style is appalling. Dan Brown clearly graduated from the ‘The tap dripped in a drippety drip kind of way’ school of novelism.
  • Finishing each chapter a page early and slapping the missing page at the start of the next chapter seems to be all you need to do these days for your book to qualify as a ‘page-turner’
  • Such a spectacular triumph of hype over substance is truly depressing
  • In spite of the verdict of the recent bizarre court case in which two authors from the same publishing house battled over plagiary charges, the Da Vinci Code is a rip off

And then we get onto the strange thing. One of the authors of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, a man calling himself ‘Richard Leigh’, was on the box last night talking about The Da Vinci Code, and all I could think was

‘Why is Lemmy pretending to be someone else?’

Richard Leigh

Lemmy

1 comment:

The Cartoonist said...

"The writing style is appalling. Dan Brown clearly graduated from the ‘The tap dripped in a drippety drip kind of way’ school of novelism."

The writing style is not only appaling, it's abysmal. This is clearly the worst book I've ever read. And all those coincidences that happen throughout the book! Even worse than a 'Miss Marple' novel. Simply ridiculous.

I will never buy a so-called 'Bestseller' again.