What’s the big deal about The Da Vinci Code? It’s “just fiction”!

Written by Darren Hewer

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?

3 Responses to “What’s the big deal about The Da Vinci Code? It’s “just fiction”!”

  • I just want to agree with the statement made concerning, “Shouldn’t the Christian be just as outraged about the lies about Christ?” Yes, we should, and no one should blame us for feeling that way. As believers and followers of Christ, we also should not let it shake up either, because Jesus Himself warned us about the lies that would be spoken of Him. This is a spiritual battle! Part of it started when the “Passion of Christ” came out. We as Christian must take a stand. We know what we have been taught and what we believe to be the truth about our Lord. This is not the end of accusations for the Christian that truly believe the Bible to be the Word of God. And, that the prophecy is coming to pass in our days. Christian take a stand!!!

  • Chris ( England) says:

    The book contains fictional characters with some other fictional traits. It also contains some facts. Being as the book is not ALL fact it has to be called a book of fiction. Maybe you could call it FICT or even FACTION! hehe

  • sheldon says:

    If you look through the comments on other posts, you can see that people have fallen for Brown’s ‘facts’ hook, line and sinker.

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