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tlr online
24-04-06, 12:47
US author Dan Brown has said it is not up to him to address the controversies surrounding his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code. In a rare public appearance, he said that people should "let the biblical scholars and historians battle it out. It's a book about big ideas, you can love them or hate them," he told a sold-out audience of writers in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. "But we're all talking about them, and that's really the point."

Sunday's talk, presented by New Hampshire Public Radio and the Music Hall of Portsmouth, was billed as the author's only public appearance before next month's release of the film version of The Da Vinci Code. During the event Brown said he often uses a pair of gravity boots during writing, finding it easier to work out difficult plot points while dangling upside down.

The audience also learned the former English teacher wants to return to the classroom and that he rarely reads work he has completed. The Da Vinci Code, however, was an exception. "When the galleys came back, I sat down and I read the novel start to finish in one sitting."

Making light of his recent court victory for plagiarism, Brown jokingly invited members of the audience to try their luck themselves. "If anybody would like to sue me, we have forms out back," he said. "Just pick one up on your way out."

He also said he was "in no hurry" to write a follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, which his publisher said last week would not now be ready until 2007. "It'll be done when it's done," he said.

The Da Vinci Code, which had sold over 40 million copies, centres on a global conspiracy surrounding the Holy Grail mythology. It claims Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had children, a secret bloodline that has been covered up by the Catholic Church.

The controversy surrounding the novel is addressed in a new exhibition at Winchester Cathedral, where two scenes from the upcoming movie version were filmed.

Cracking the Code, say organisers, will offer the opportunity "to make your own mind up on The Da Vinci Code, learn about some of the mistakes in the novel and understand more about the great spiritual mystery at the heart of Christian belief".

The exhibition's curator, Professor Michael Wheeler, will give a talk on Monday in which he will discuss the "inaccuracies and absurdities" in Brown's "sensationalist thriller". The Cathedral was paid a reported 20,000 location fee to appear in the film, released in the UK on 19 May.

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Belfastard
24-04-06, 12:51
Cannot wait to see this movie. I shall probably read the book after, but it probably would be better to read the book before hand?

illuminati30
24-04-06, 12:51
This makes me wonder if we will ever see an 'angels and demons' movie, as that also could be very controversial. I would like to see the film made though.

Kamrusepas
24-04-06, 12:55
"... It's a book about big ideas, you can love them or hate them," he told a sold-out audience of writers in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. "But we're all talking about them, and that's really the point."


That's really the point in my opinion too.

And yes Bel, it is better to read the book before :)

tlr online
24-04-06, 13:00
Cannot wait to see this movie. I shall probably read the book after, but it probably would be better to read the book before hand?
Yes. Absolutely. Read the book first!