The ‘Da Brown’ Controversy
There was an error even in the title: Leonardo’s surname was not Da Vinci. He was from Vinci, or of Vinci. As many critics have pointed out, calling it The Da Vinci Code is like saying Mr. Of Arabia or asking What Would Of Nazareth Do?
Dan Brown's famous book generated lots of criticism when it was first published, mostly because of its explanations of core aspects of Christianity, the history of the Catholic Church, and descriptions of European art, history, and architecture. Not surprisingly, the book has received mostly negative reviews from Catholic and other Christian communities.
Two lawsuits have been brought alleging plagiarism in The Da Vinci Code: by the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, and Jack Dunn, the author of The Vatican Boys.
The Da Vinci Code has been a subject of infinite negative reviews concerning its literary value. Salman Rushdie called it "a novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad name." In his 2005 the University of Maine Commencement Address, best-selling author Stephen King called Dan Brown's work the "intellectual equivalent of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese”.
Yet…the book was a worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and has been translated into 44 languages. The best defense has come from the armies of Dan Brown’s readers, and it can be outlined in the simple statement of an anonymous fan, “Mind your own business, critics. Dan Brown rocks and his books are simply unputdownable. I read his books in one go.”
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