Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Books Behind The Da Vinci Code

Starbird bookAnyone who has taken the trouble to read the judgement in the recent DVC-HBHG plagiarism-case now going to appeal, as well as Dan Brown’s own lengthy defense statement, will discover an interesting breakdown of Brown’s actual sources in the ‘holy blood, holy grail’ field, as well an outline of his writing approach to adapting the source material into a thriller glossing over a vast thematic territory. That is, part of Brown’s defense was that he didn’t get his ideas from the HBHG but he used research from quite a few other books, which he named, while the judge delivered a slightly different account of what he thought was used when. … [more]