Monday, April 16, 2007

Duh Vinci

I know that it's terribly snobby to look down on books such as the Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter, but I couldn't help but laugh at this article in which a literary professor dissects the opening pages of the DVC. The good stuff includes:

"Just count the infelicities here. A voice doesn't speak —a person speaks; a voice is what a person speaks with. "Chillingly close" would be right in your ear, whereas this voice is fifteen feet away behind the thundering gate. The curator (do we really need to be told his profession a third time?) cannot slowly turn his head if he has frozen; freezing (as a voluntary human action) means temporarily ceasing all muscular movements. And crucially, a silhouette does not stare! A silhouette is a shadow. If Saunière can see the man's pale skin, thinning hair, iris color, and red pupils (all at fifteen feet), the man cannot possibly be in silhouette".

I've not read the book, and intelligent people have told me that it is a cracking read, but the dumbness of the film and some of the writing examined in the article tell me otherwise.

For what it's worth, I love the Harry Potter books...

Via Kottke.


Blogger Jenny said...

I have not read the Da Vinci Code, nor will I likely ever read it due to its immense popularity. Stuff that is hugely popular like this is a huge turn-off to me. However, my first year in seminary in my church history class, one of our exam questions was how to respond to a parishoner who thought the "facts" in the Da Vinci Code were true. I believe I did well on the essay, despite never having read the book. I suppose it is true that I am a genius.

I have only read Harry Potter 1, and that was after I had seen the movie. I found it to be quite dull and figured that I could just watch the movies and leave my reading time for better books.

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Blogger Danny said...

I love Harry Potter (am a kid at heart)and can't wait for the last book. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, its not great writing, but its a hugely entertaining romp (the film was pants though...not a huge fan of Tom Hanks, although I make an exception for Sleepless in Seattle)

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