Would he be a fictionist if he doesn’t extrapolate the facts?…a fictionist is called so because he has the license to extrapolate the known. By ruminating he may provide drastic or harmonious conclusions, compared to the preconceived ideas of the living, or else create a genre of thought (state of da art).
The ease, with which a writer transcends the readers to his philosophized or pictured scenario, is the sole judge of any written matter.
However for a work of fiction, the author has to be meticulous about when he incorporates the unproved…uses his liberties…twists the tale!
The work is complemented if there are minimal facts against the proposed theory.
Simply, a work of fiction is a success if it has convinced the readers to take another stance and become, even for an instance, observers of their own loyalties, notions or limitations.
Although they all seem different they are intricately related. Limitations in thought or otherwise force us to believe in something we cant comprehend which may or may not be rational rather ‘a vague idea is developed in which some confidence is placed’- notion. These notions usually remain unchallenged and when they are, it is usually easier acceptance of an ‘alternate’ which is where loyalties surface-the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action.
Dan Brown’s work “The Da Vinci Code” is a classic, a man’s own conclusions are his only limitations and to challenge one’s own definitions is a Herculean task.
The author has done this not only for himself but for all his readers.
Mr. Brown has exhibited his skill and command, in many facets, as a fiction novelist,
through this work, of his.
Firstly, the subject chosen has caused a lot of unrest and controversy.
That he chose to research this field and create doubts, so much so, that there are holiday packages being organized in France and England, to help people site for themselves, the facts and fiction in the novel; makes me believe - that the novel is a success.
He has come under a lot of criticism by the staunch believers, as well.
All these conflicting opinions have only helped the book sales. It must be added that it showcases his professional acumen.
Secondly, his research of the subject is worthy of adulation (from the perspective of a neu-veu reviewer).
Citing any of his reasons as fact-fiction or outright whimsical would lack conviction, as one of the central characters, of this novel aptly puts it “the Bible wasn’t faxed from the heaven”.
Finally, it is a matter of debate if the proposed theory is his. The theory of the Chalice and Mary Magdalene has been discussed often enough in history but never was it put forth with such captivating style wherein trusting the author is a fallacy we would all like to indulge in, inspite of knowing the bottom line….IT IS- a work of fiction.
He has presented a fine cocktail of facts as we know them and a theory. That fiction is used to bridge the gap between facts and form a chain of engrossing events make the book very palpable.
If the novel has created queries amongst the readers and post reading caused them to refer the scriptures, confirming to themselves their faith which they have mostly inherited and not sought, then the purpose of the novel is served. On the basis of which it must be mentioned that dissecting his work is futile.
Today endless discussion rooms have come up on the internet and yield stranger views of the people on this subject. That such rooms exist and are running with increasing attendance only imply that there are no proofs against the various theologies people either agree or disagree with, so the discussion might continue until some other more-seemingly-consequential controversy comes up.
Albeit, faith is a matter of faith, considering the hullabaloo, proving its authenticity may become the new definition of MOKSHA.
The fact that people who haven’t read books for years have picked it up and read the book at one go, goes miles in complimenting Mr. Brown.
Society has been positively influenced by the book for reading is once again back in fashion, and the defendant deserves a major chunk of the credit.
However countries like Philippines have already restricted the screening of the movie
Da Vinci Code, releasing this summer. Dan Brown’s publishing partners ‘Random House’ have been held against charges of using somebody else’s work (referring to ‘Holy Blood Holy Grail’).
But then Dan Brown has never claimed that the theory around which the novel revolves
is his. All novelists use facts from numerous sources including scientific and historical …so as to compliment their work. Mr. Brown has openly admitted referring
to ‘Holy Blood Holy Grail’.
The best-selling writer's reputation had been called into question by claims that he lifted parts of another book for the central idea of his thriller The Da Vinci Code. With a $100m (£57m) movie starring Tom Hanks due to be released next month, Mr. Brown would have been publicly humiliated by a defeat. His 2003 novel has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. He was defendant Random House’s (his publishing firm) star witness. Defence's lawyer John Baldwin QC, summing up, said the ideas (the central plot of the novel) were "too general" to be protected by copyright.
Claimants Mr. Leigh and Mr. Baigent had to concede that their work “Holy Blood Holy Grail”, a non fiction novel published in 1982, a bestseller in its day, had "repeated" ideas put forward in previous books and the jury was summoned; the verdict -“Random House publishers and Mr. Dan Brown not guilty”.
The pull off:
The whole court room drama and legal procedures have given the upcoming movie unnecessary limelight and attention. Something which works in favour of Dan Brown, the publishers “Random House” and Da Vinci Code –The movie. The claimant’s novel “Holy Blood Holy Grail” was also published by “Random House”, that both the books are being talked about ever more, makes you wonder if t’was just another marketing strategy. The jury had also said in their own way –that the case lacked substance from the start.
the article was written after
exchange of views with Sudir and Pulkit.