November 25, 2006 12:29pm CST
Have you seen the DaVinci Code? Have you read the book? What do you think of it? Do you think it's a good work of fiction based on fact? Do you think it's a good work of fact with a bit of fiction? or do you think it's completely fictitious? Do you think it's blasphemous?
• United States
3 Dec 06
I think that the uproar over the book The DaVinci Code was ridiculous. How many more people read the book just because of everything they heard on TV? I know I did and probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. Being a teacher, I like to keep on top of things that students might want to discuss. I liked the book just fine even though I'm a Christian and it goes against my beliefs. I realize that it is nothing but historical fiction as are many of the books I read. These books include people and situations that come from reality, but then they create a completely fictional story surrounding those facts. How could I get offended at that?
7 Dec 06
well..i have seen the movie and read the book..both are gr8 ..having said that the book is better...now i am no authority to pass a judgement on whether what is mentioned is true or not...however i would of course like to share a few things which i just looked up and found on the net after reading the book... there was indeed a priest called Berenger Sauniere who in the year 1885 was assigned by the Catholic church to the parish at the remote mountain village of Rennes-le-Chateau, France. Six years later, Sauniere began renovating the church and discovered four scrolls (some say three, with one being double sided) hidden within a hollow Visigothic pillar on the altar. There were two genealogies of Dagobert II, dating from 1244 and 1644, and two more recent documents written in Latin (containing parts of Luke VI, 1-5, Matthew XII, 1-8, Mark II, 23-28, and the story in which Jesus visits Lazarus in Bethania from the Gospel of John) created by a former parish priest, Abbe Antoine Bigou, and hidden there in 1788 or 1789. The Biblical texts concealed codes - one very simple, the other exceptionally complex. The Bishop of Carcassonne, at his own expense, dispatched Sauniere to Paris for five days to meet with Abbe Bieil, director of St. Sulpice church, and his nephew, Emile Hoffet, a well known linguist and cryptographer. Sauniere ended up staying in Paris for three weeks while Hoffet worked on decoding the scrolls.. Once back in Rennes-le-Chateau, Sauniere's behavior became strange. He frequently wandered the countryside searching for rocks. He began collecting postage stamps and postcards which depicted members of European royalty. He initiated volumes of correspondence with persons unkown. In fact, Sauniere was spending more in postage annually than his income would allow... Apparently as people suggested he had found in those pillars something which had angered him tremendously towards the church and made him a devotee of mary magdalene..he spent millions of francs making monuments and palaces dedicated to her..the source of his abundant wealth was unknown to people..some believed he practised black magic , some said in those scrolls he had learnt the formula for changing rocks into gold..but most believed he had come across a secret which had given him tremendous power.... There is a lot more to read on this topic if you wish to..but at the end of it..we should enjoy the book and the movie for what they are instead of turning a scornful eye towards them trying to pass judgements abt what is fact and what is fiction...
7 Dec 06
Thank you for an excellent and well researched response, if I hadn't already awarded best response I would have given it to you. :) I do agree with the fact that we should just enjoy the book as it's meant to be rather than trying to read more into it than is actually there.
4 Dec 06
I have read the book and I have also seen the movie. I think it is all about beliefs. and I think it is a good work by the author to have brought out a bestseller which has also become a movie. I enjoyed reading the book and watching the movie. I don't bother about whether the fact is true or not. Cheers
• United Kingdom
26 Nov 06
I read it. I read the prologue bit at the beginning which explained some of the things which were taken from facts, well, theory, myths and legends, at least! So I think it was a work of fiction which contained factual information but I don't think it could be said that it was based on facts because, although the idea was looking for the Holy Grail, the main actual story was fictitious and simply used some things such as DaVincis paintings and some real places, etc. where facts would be needed.
9 Dec 06
every one watched the movie based on the novel, i think a lot and come on a thing only that its 2000year old story and now any one can only guess what was the reality, so we have to leave these things as they are and concentrate only on the sole of jesus's talks.