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What’s Wrong with The Da Vinci Code?
In the case in point, Mercedes-Benz is surely delighted that their Smartcar will appear in the Da Vinci Code film; they are confident that it will affect consumers’ attitudes. For similar reasons, the Catholic Church has every reason to be less than delighted with its own appearance. In this case, a false and ugly picture is being transmitted to the whole world, for The Da Vinci Code gives the distinct impression that the Church is not only wrong – as I say, in some sense, most of the world believes that anyway – but wicked and mendacious, a massive criminal enterprise organized to defend a fraud: “the greatest story ever sold,” in the words of Teabing. Is it unreasonable to suppose that this will affect viewers’ attitudes toward the Church?
By way of analogy, imagine what your reaction would be if a novelist were to tell you, “I am going to write a novel about your family, in which you will be portrayed as a band of criminals and perverts. I am going to use your real name and the names of your parents and grandparents. All the information regarding your family – a fair bit of which will, in fact, be true – will be presented as if it were the product of careful historical research. But – not to worry – it’s only a novel, and afterwards I’ll give you a chance to respond to the falsehoods in my book.”
My personal view? Da Vinci Code, the fiction, the book is full of suspense. Period.
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