You know, I just don’t get it. Everyone is treating this book as a non-fiction, factual book. It’s not!!! … There’s more to life than getting obssessed about a fiction book. (bethann, posting a comment on this blog)
We know the novel is fiction. We know Langdon, Sophie, Teabing and the rest are not real people and that their adventure isn’t real either. The problem stems, in part, from Dan Brown’s “FACT” page, which states:
FACT: The Priory of Sion – a European secret society founded in 1099 – is a real organization … All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.
Brown believes his research for the book is accurate. He claims that “99 percent of it is true. All of the architecture, the art, the secret rituals, the history, all of that is true, the Gnostic gospels.” In reality Brown’s treatment of ancient documents is deceptive at best, and the Priory of Sion is a known hoax, among dozens of other errors. Even though the novel is promoted as fiction, many accept the parts Brown himself claims are true, and one of the aims of this site is to discuss where the novel gets it wrong.
Those of you who remember the recent James Frey scandal regarding his book A Million Little Pieces will recall the outrage people felt when they learned that his supposedly true book (featured on, then later blasted by, Oprah) turned out to contain many lies. If people were outraged by James Frey’s lies about his own life, shouldn’t Christians be just as outraged about lies about Jesus? If people are really interested in “seeking the truth”, should we be interested in how The Da Vinci Code misrepresents the parts it says are fact?