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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Did you know it's Da Vinci Code Wednesday?

While the controversy over The Da Vinci Code seems to have fallen off the radar for most people, there are interesting signs that the book and movie's influence continue to permeate aspects of popular culture.  Let's take a look at some recent news items:

  • Kathleen McGowan, a woman who believes she is the direct descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene just published her first novel entitled The Expected One based on her beliefs and echoing Dan Brown's thriller.  It hit the NY Times bestseller list in August - three months after the Da Vinci movie and hype were supposed to have saturated the market.
  • In Lincoln, England, the Lincolnshire Tourism bureau have created "Da Vinci Code Wednesdays".  Tourists and site visitors can send a text message from their cell phones on Wednesdays to get admission discounts to tour the Lincoln Cathedral which was featured prominently in the movie.  The Tourism group challenges you to "Crack the Code in Lincoln."
  • Forbes Magazine just ran an article listing the top ten most trusted celebrities with Da Vinci Code star Tom Hanks topping the list.

The Forbes article noted that Hanks routinely plays likeable characters that we root for on a consistent basis and "we subconsciously confuse--or even substitute--his onscreen persona for his real-world one, which we know little about".  The article also quotes James Houran, a clinical psychologist who researches celebrity worship, as saying "we will trust Brad Pitt if he tells us to do something before we will trust Sen. Ted Kennedy."

So, does the casting of Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon make a difference as to whether the public believes the "facts" surrounding the Da Vinci Code?  You bet.


Kittenmommy said...

Let's face it, some people aren't that bright.
Did you know that the folks who give tours at the National Archives have had to begin explaining to tourists that no, there really *isn't* a tresure map written on the back of the Declaration of Independence in invisible ink? Know why? Because that was the plot of the movie "National Treasure". Seriously. Some people will believe anything they see on television or in a movie theatre. "The DaVinci Code" was a good trashy read and I enjoyed it immensly, but it's not a history book. When I first saw your website, I thought, "These people can't be serious - do they really need to explain that *a novel* is a work of *fiction*?" but then I remembered that little tidbit about "National Treasure" and I realized that yeah, there probably are people who just can't grasp the concept of "fiction". I've seen some prime examples of this on the 'net (there's a JournalFen comm called Fandom_Wank that exists to mock stupidity) and it never fails to make me want to bash my head against a wall repeatedly. DId you know that there are people out there who think that "Jurassic Park" is real too? No, really. I'm a Christian and I personally don't care if Jesus and Mary Magdelene were married or not. If they were, I say good for them. It wouldn't change my faith *at all*. But I'd want to see good solid proof of this marriage - real, *historical* proof. Not a novel, not a movie. Some people will believe *anything*. Kittenmommy.

09/28/06 5:33 AM

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