Tuesday, May 09, 2006

DaVinci Code


Is the character in the book described as balding with long, straggly hair?
Because that is not a good look for Tom Hanks.

Go ahead and put me in the minority of people who have not read The DaVinci Code. At first I was quite unwilling to read it because I'm such a rebel. Everyone else was all into it, who wants to be a bandwagon jumper? I swear, every place I went someone was either reading it or talking about it or talking about reading it. It was on par with the bird flu in terms of popular conversation topics. DaVinci Code, Kevin Federline and bird flu. In that order.

My unwillingness turned into a nonchalant attitude of, "I'll read it when I have a chance...maybe, maybe not." Now I have a stacks of books to read and I don't see myself diving into DaVinci anytime soon. Maybe it's the best book ever written, perhaps it will keep me up into the wee hours soaking up the mystery making me shiver under my sheets, or maybe it will inspire me, I guess I will have to find out eventually. The paperback, purchased by my husband at Costco for seven dollars, will sit on a shelf and gather dust until my book well has run dry and I have nothing better to read. No offense to Dan Brown of course.

And I haven't read any of those Harry Potter books either.

So tell me...have you read the book, what do you think and will you be going to the movie, sitting front and center taking in Tom Hanks horrible coif? Hmmm...?


12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I read it, a few years ago. It was a nice quick read. In fact, I kept on talking about it so much, that my husband read it too. He *never* reads books (just business type stuff) and he really liked it. His other books are pretty good.

I'm not sure how I feel about the movie. I never thought of Tom Hanks when reading the book... I think the character is more Harrison Ford. Generally, movies are bleck compared to the book. Despite this, I'll probably check it out.

I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but you should check out the Harry Potter books. The first one isn't that great, but the rest of the series is terrific. I wished they never made the movies, I think it really took some of the magic away.

Rach @ 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
My opinion on the DaVinci Code is "eh" not terrible, not the best thing since Hershey's Kisses. I loved the plot, and all of the interwoven details. I loved that the facts and theories were so seamlessly worked into the story that it didn't have a "researched" feel.

I did not like the looking in the mirror device for describing the MC - right in the first 2 or 3 pages - it didn't get off to a great start. I also felt like it took awhile to find the protagonist's voice - he seemed to use too many big words just for the sake of using big words in the first chapter. As the story went on, Langdon didn't seem nearly as pretentious as I feared he might be in the beginning. A critique group member also pointed out that Langdon isn't even the one who grows/changes/evolves in the story - he is very even. It is the woman, Sophie, that experiences the "life change." I will read more Dan Brown, though - I've heard others are better. @ 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I agree with the first post, that I didn't picture Tom Hanks as this character. However, when isn't Tom Hanks just the sweetest guy, a great actor, and able to pull off any role? He's always wonderful to watch, and although the previews don't have me reeling, I've got faith that the movie will be worthwhile. How could it not, with Ron Howard at the healm?

I read "Angels & Demons" first, and I still hold that it was my favorite of Dan Brown's books. I NEVER normally care to read any sort of mystery, but A&D and DaVince Code were absolutely fantastic. I raved about them to everyone I knew & got many, many people hooked on his stuff. I think most people I know agreed that it wasn't the best literary work ever, and the 'science' could be as far fetched as the Easter Bunny - but who cares? It was a super fun read, with a fantastic, original "what if" plot!

Read it, before you see the movie.

Catherine @ 10:35 AM  
Blogger Chic Mommy said...
I'm not into the Harry Potter books either, but I did read Da Vinci Code because I'm a history buff. It was excellent. I read a little bit each night and had endless discussion about it with my Dad, who further told me that there is a code on the jacket as well. Take off the jacket of the book, turn it over so the white is in front of you, and the hold it up against the light of a lamp. Behold, the secret message!

As for Tom Hanks, I think he'll do alright, but envisioned the main hero to look more like Dan Brown himself. @ 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I thought the book was great, a quick interesting read. However, I was stymied that anyone would even think to cast Tom Hanks in the role of Langdon. Hanks is only marginally handsome; I pictured someone more like Michael Landon is his later days ... maybe just because the names were similar. Who knows? I'll go see it, but I won't be turned on by Tom Hanks and his nasty hair. @ 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I don't think "Da Vinci Code" is any better any other books on mystery/chase theme. It just happens to have more sensational topic than others. Dan Brown's achievement is in delivering the research in a convincing plot. @ 7:30 PM  
Blogger Kripsie said...
i am totally like you where i don't want to read the book because of all the hype. i honestly didn't even hear about Da Vinci and just happened to have it be recommended by a friend. It is a good book but very unrealistic. Who really goes through these type of adventures? And if you have read Angels and Demons - how many times can one person go through this type of drama? I am not expecting big things from this movie either. It had so much detail that made the book intersting. @ 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I think that you have to remember that this is a fictional story. If you want to read something true to life, pick up a biography. I loved the book. I have read all of Dan Brown's books, because I wanted to, not because of the hype. I think that he has an excellent ability to grab the reader and keep you wanting to read/know more. I would recommend his books to anyone that asked. @ 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I think that you have to remember that this is a fictional story. If you want to read something true to life, pick up a biography. I loved the book. I have read all of Dan Brown's books, because I wanted to, not because of the hype. I think that he has an excellent ability to grab the reader and keep you wanting to read/know more. I would recommend his books to anyone that asked. @ 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
The Davinci Code is a FICTION. Don't you get it? Stop given the book and the movie so much attention. @ 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Layla said...
^^ This poster must be a defensive Catholic.

Okay, on to the book - I was the same - rebelled against reading it because EVERYONE was reading it. It's an action-packed, exciting read. I just finished read it last month. I liked it enough to buy all of Dan Brown's other books. @ 8:45 PM  
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