Fandango reports that 77% of the movie tickets purchased through the site for the past week were for "The Da Vinci Code."
Given the rotten reviews, there are only a couple of reasons anyone would go see the picture now. You're a huge fan of the book and absolutely must see the film; you love anti-Catholic propaganda so you must feed your need; you have nothing better to do. There may be other reasons but those are the the big three.
If you're a member of the Reason #1 set, well, it's understandable. I realize the state of education in America has never been lower, so it's no surprise that a lot of people would read DVC and think it's a great book.
If you fall into the Reason #2 category, well, what can I say. I have a number of friends in that category so I'd rather not point out the obvious.
But if you are one of the Reason #3 crowd, I can help you. There are lots of other things you could be doing this weekend! In particular you could go to a different movie. "Over The Hedge" looks like fun, and you can earn valuable brownie points by offering to take your sister's kids to the movies.
Join the "Othercott." Buy tickets for "Over The Hedge." Screw up the studios' tracking numbers. It's the only language they understand. If Jesus Christ means anything to you at all, go to the movies. The one that doesn't try to convince the world that Christ was a fake. That every claim Dan Brown makes is true.
Any doubts about Mr Brown's intentions? See below.
NPR Weekend Edition interview April 26, 2003
LINDA WERTHEIMER: "How long does it take you to research a book like this? I assume that, among other things, you would hear from the world if you’ve got anything wrong."
DAN BROWN: "Certainly. And it takes me about two and a half years to entirely research and write a book like this. Before I even started writing a page, I’d spent a year in research, and a lot of the research for Angels and Demons that I did in Vatican City played into this book, as well as my art history training in Seville."
LINDA WERTHEIMER: "You’re trying not to get too fictional with the facts here?"
DAN BROWN: "Absolutely. The only thing fictional in The Da Vinci Code is the characters and the action that takes place. All of the locations, the paintings, the ancient history, the secret documents, the rituals, all of this is factual.
CNN Sunday Morning interview May 25, 2003
MARTIN SAVIDGE: "...When we talk about da Vinci and your book, how much is true and how much is fabricated in your storyline?"
DAN BROWN: "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. All of that is. All that is fiction, of course, is that there's a Harvard symbologist named Robert Langdon, and all of his action is fictionalized. But the background is all true."
Good Morning America interview November 3, 2003 (ABC News Transcripts)
CHARLES GIBSON: "...This is a novel. If you were writing it as a non-fiction book.... how would it have been different?"
DAN BROWN: "I don't think it would have. I began the research for The Da Vinci Code as a skeptic. I entirely expected, as I researched the book, to disprove this theory. And after numerous trips to Europe, about two years of research, I really became a believer. And it’s important to remember that this is a novel about a theory that has been out there for a long time."
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