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An Irrational Fear--How I Cope With The Fear That Dan Brown Will Publish Again
The Dan Brown Hysteria
As soon as The DaVinci Code was published, the world raved about how deep and philosophical it was. The readers jumped and turn at every plot twist and thought long and hard about the mysteries that were unveiled. It was a book that made millions and even got famous actor Tom Hanks to star in the movie.
I was no different. As soon as I could, I read the book. The short chapters made reading easy. The mysteries were amazing and kept me reading. But there was trouble in paradise for me. Simple put, I could predict the outcomes. I knew who the bad guy was and I knew that the hero and heroine would get together in the end. Also, I knew a lot of what was being talked about! There were very little surprises for me. But it was still an enjoyable read.
But still, other authors published to cash in on DaVinci. People tried to explain the validity of the claims; explain the codes and little hidden secrets. The hype shot Dan Brown into author stardom!
My Reasons for Fear--a Hatred
I'm one of the few people in existence who loath Dan Brown as an author. But it didn't start off as a hatred. It was just an indifference to a book which held little surprise for me. So I decided to give Dan Brown a chance--I read Angels and Demons. It is the prequel to The DaVinci Code, so I felt I owed it to the book and author to read it.
The plot was a little different, but not much. *Spoiler--although I don't really care if I give it away. It will save you in the end. Besides, it's virtually the same. In fact, I usually remember the plots of the books I read. But all these books kind of run together on me. Whatever. Continue on with the Spoiler!* An attractive, successful, middle-aged man meets up with an attractive, successful middle-aged woman (who all the men lust after), they go on an adventure using their massive brain power. The enemy is the closest to them and his plans are foiled and the attractive, middle-aged, successful people end up having intercourse. The End.
I thought, 'Well, it's a prequel. It should follow the same template as the sequel since they both go together'. It was that thought that kept Dan Brown in my good graces. Until I found an abandoned Digital Fortress in an airport. And I read it.
*Spoiler for Digital Fortress. Not that I care if I ruin it for you* An attractive, middle-aged, successful man meets an attractive, middle-aged, successful woman (who everyone is lusting after). They go on an adventure using their supreme mind power. The bad guy is the guy closest to them. They foil the bad guys' plans, save the day, and end up having intercourse.
Hmmmm . . . that sounds familiar.
Well, he follows the same template for all his books. If it's successful, then why not continue writing like that? It sells. But . . . It's not original. Not even close. Nothing is really original, but this is nuts!
My Fear--In Depth
This sounds like a rant fest. I am well aware. Instead of ranting about bad books from an author I don't care for, I should be proving myself better by writing better. But my hatred has transformed into an irrational fear.
Once The Lost Symbol was published, my sister went out and bought it. I told her what would happen. She was angry. But I would walk around the areas that displayed his books. I would groan when I heard someone rave about it. I couldn't understand why those people would read his dribble (especially after reading his other books) and say it's good.
It made me fear his publications. When I found out about Deception Point, I had to shudder. There was another book published in the past by Dan Brown! It just won't stop, and I know that if I gave him another chance, my disappointment will be to the extreme. Short chapters, predictable plot, all-too-perfect characters.
Yet, no one can really explain (from those who dislike his books) why exactly he can not write. He has pretty good sentences, good research, pretty good vocabulary. He does not have plot. But, as stated, it works so why not use it? (I shudder every time I think that).
This Guy Shares My Opinion! But . . . He Expresses it Vaguely
So I deal with my fear of him publishing again by rationalizing it. He is just temporarily a famous author. He has found a way to be successful. He has given a lot of people something to think about. Maybe some people may see how bad his plots are? Maybe I will be more successful than him if I ever publish?
Maybe the literary world will get better? What else can go wrong with it?
So, this may have been a rant fest against a select author that I do not view as a good author. But he is more than a few steps ahead of me in the literary world. I wouldn't say this is jealousy, since I would rather not have success based off of a book that makes me upset. And if you are a Dan Brown fan, feel free to continue to love him. I will just be huddled in the corner, crying and sobbing, wishing that my fear is a more normal one. And if that normal fear can take the place of a fear of publishing from Dan Brown, maybe my life with be better. Maybe.