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2009-09-16 02:35:05 PM  
I finished reading The Lost Symbol last night. It was an enjoyable, quick page-turner, so it worked. I'm not expecting it to be the end-all, be-all of writing--I just want some amusing reading to help me pass the time. The book qualified in that regard.
 
2009-09-16 02:35:22 PM  
Schrodinger's Petting Zoo: I've read DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Deception Point. I have no idea why he is so popular and why he keeps getting movies made.

This.

I've read Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.

I've seen the movies The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons 11 or 12 times each.

I'm the president of the Western Chapter of "Brownies" (The Dan Brown uberfan club) and spend most of my waking hours looking for hidden messages in his books and/or writing Robert Langdon fanfic.

I have no idea why he is so popular and why he keeps getting movies made. I mean, who keeps feeding this crap?
 
2009-09-16 02:35:45 PM  
Eragon was hailed as a fantastic fantasy novel. Harry Potter awed the world. Twilight enthralled millions of women. Were these novels any better than Dan Brown?

All this complaining is like comparing T2 to The Bicycle Thief. Both were enjoyable, but for completely different reasons and on completely different levels
 
2009-09-16 02:35:49 PM  
b>Slybri: I was read the first few chapters and, in the story, this guy calls up Langdon and leaves his phone number and Dan Brown writes out an actual number, instead of a 555 fake one, and repeats it a couple times. So I called it.
Some lady answered. I think she sells crackers or something. I dunno. But the lady should sue the publisher.


867-5309?
 
2009-09-16 02:35:57 PM  
Super Chronic: When I read a book and decide I don't like the author's story/style, normally I'll just forego reading more of that author's books. There's lots of other stuff to read in this world. Maybe that's just me.

Well, I was young and foolish at the time. Plus I was wondering when it was supposed to get OMG AWESOME like everyone said. That said, his books aren't bad, but they certainly aren't good. It's mediocre prose done with rehashed plots.
 
2009-09-16 02:36:45 PM  
Hyppy: I'm willing to bet that it's the same damn story. Langdon's colleague is murdered in some way, and he is sent on a goose chase through a historical city to uncover the mystery of a secret society before it's too late. He'll be helped out by an attractive, single female relative or colleague of the slain friend, who will be necessary to thwart the forces of corruption that are impeding his journey.

/amirite?


Pretty much, but you forgot to mention the villain with the immediately visible physical abnormality.
 
2009-09-16 02:37:09 PM  
It took a whole day and only TBP and some random site I've never heard of picked it up? (I'll be checking out scribd later..) He must really suck. Normal turnaround is an hour after release and includes about four sites, with 8-10 feeders the next day.
 
2009-09-16 02:37:14 PM  
WoWgirl: I finished reading The Lost Symbol last night. It was an enjoyable, quick page-turner, so it worked. I'm not expecting it to be the end-all, be-all of writing--I just want some amusing reading to help me pass the time. The book qualified in that regard.

Of course.

Based on your user name, I imagine your exactly the type of person that Dan Brown appeals to.
 
2009-09-16 02:37:26 PM  
baby, even if it was free
i wouldn't waste my time
 
2009-09-16 02:41:41 PM  
Dan Brown Novel Plot Generator from Slate:
Link (new window)

FTA:
For those of you who can't wait another moment for Dan Brown's next blockbuster, Slate has your fix: an interactive Dan Brown plot generator that takes a city and a shadowy organization and spits out the plot of the next volume in the Robert Langdon chronicles. You can either select a specific city and/or group from the dropdown menus at the top of the tool or leave it on "random" and let the computer decide. Make sure to hit "refresh"-even the same city and group have multiple story lines.
 
2009-09-16 02:41:55 PM  
I've read DVC 20+ times and Fortress/Angels about 15 times each. I think anyone that doubts hes a great writer should just read his books.
Everytime you read them, DVC in paricular you find something new. I can't believe people attack him for being popular. Would you say the same for the Beatles, Elton John ect?
Millions of people love his books, they can't all be wrong, and before you jump in with so and so writer or so and so book, think about how many people read them...are they really that good if only a few people like them?
I can't wait to read the new book and I hope they catch the a____ thats done this
 
2009-09-16 02:42:39 PM  
dead_dangler: Imagine what would happen if Michael Bay directed a movie based on a Dan Brown book... the resulting vortex of suck would kill us all...

Bay would have to shoehorn in a negative african-american/arab-american racial stereotype into a Brown novel. And Brown's heroines don't try to keep the hero from solving a problem just because the heroine's pussy is wet and the world can wait until her itch is scratched.

Brown >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bay

Turtledove > Bay

/why wasn't a fatwah placed on Bay's head, instead of Rushdie's?
 
2009-09-16 02:42:50 PM  
Schrodinger's Petting Zoo: Super Chronic: When I read a book and decide I don't like the author's story/style, normally I'll just forego reading more of that author's books. There's lots of other stuff to read in this world. Maybe that's just me.

Well, I was young and foolish at the time. Plus I was wondering when it was supposed to get OMG AWESOME like everyone said. That said, his books aren't bad, but they certainly aren't good. It's mediocre prose done with rehashed plots.


Yeah, okay, I was just being a bit snarky.

/actually kind of liked the Da Vinci Code but never read Brown's other stuff
 
2009-09-16 02:43:06 PM  
dead_dangler: Schrodinger's Petting Zoo: I've read DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Deception Point. I have no idea why he is so popular and why he keeps getting movies made.

This.

I've read Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.

I've seen the movies The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons 11 or 12 times each.

I'm the president of the Western Chapter of "Brownies" (The Dan Brown uberfan club) and spend most of my waking hours looking for hidden messages in his books and/or writing Robert Langdon fanfic.

I have no idea why he is so popular and why he keeps getting movies made. I mean, who keeps feeding this crap?


You've heard of libraries, right? The place where they let you borrow books for free just as long as you bring them back when they ask you. I have not given a single cent to Dan Brown.

Also, the only reason that I managed to read 3 books before stopping is b/c I was waiting for it to get OMG AWESOME like everyone was saying. Also, did a lot of traveling, and after exhausting the Skymall catalog, you'll read anything!
 
2009-09-16 02:43:06 PM  
Dan Brown novels are kind of like beer. If you like it indulge, if you don't, skip it. They are like a little vacation from reality enjoy it or get over it. I don't think however, that all of fark's Dan Brown haters are really in love with impenetrable prose of something like "Gravity's Rainbow". Rather I think that most of these guys would prefer a story about a Jedi who helps Captian Kirk fight Klingons and has space sex.
 
2009-09-16 02:44:04 PM  
I hereby register my agreement that Brown is not a good writer and the public should read better novels.
 
2009-09-16 02:44:27 PM  
dead_dangler: WoWgirl: I finished reading The Lost Symbol last night. It was an enjoyable, quick page-turner, so it worked. I'm not expecting it to be the end-all, be-all of writing--I just want some amusing reading to help me pass the time. The book qualified in that regard.

Of course.

Based on your user name, I imagine your exactly the type of person that Dan Brown appeals to.


I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?
 
2009-09-16 02:45:28 PM  
Dan Brown taught me I can jump out of an exploding helicopter and use a towel as a parachute to coast to safety.

/seriously.
 
2009-09-16 02:46:05 PM  
BesiktasBoy83: I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?

If 2 million people do a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing.
 
2009-09-16 02:47:08 PM  
jwa007: BesiktasBoy83: I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?

If 2 million people do a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing.


And if you say one thing and two million people say the opposite then maybe you should think am I right or are they right....otherwise you might be an arrogant a____
 
2009-09-16 02:47:25 PM  
That sucks. Even if you don't like his books, it's not cool to steel someones hard work and...oh yeah...Cough holy blood holy grail.
 
2009-09-16 02:48:00 PM  
BesiktasBoy83: dead_dangler: WoWgirl: I finished reading The Lost Symbol last night. It was an enjoyable, quick page-turner, so it worked. I'm not expecting it to be the end-all, be-all of writing--I just want some amusing reading to help me pass the time. The book qualified in that regard.

Of course.

Based on your user name, I imagine your exactly the type of person that Dan Brown appeals to.

I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?


Bush was elected twice. I'd say that those millions of people you're talking about have already got me back.
 
2009-09-16 02:48:25 PM  
Hyppy: I'm willing to bet that it's the same damn story. Langdon's colleague is murdered in some way, and he is sent on a goose chase through a historical city to uncover the mystery of a secret society before it's too late. He'll be helped out by an attractive, single female relative or colleague of the slain friend, who will be necessary to thwart the forces of corruption that are impeding his journey.

/amirite?


You forgot the assassin part.
 
2009-09-16 02:48:57 PM  
BesiktasBoy83: And if you say one thing and two million people say the opposite then maybe you should think am I right or are they right....otherwise you might be an arrogant a____

Pssst. You.

This is the internet. You can say "asshole" here.
 
2009-09-16 02:49:06 PM  
dead_dangler: Based on your user name, I imagine your exactly the type of person that Dan Brown appeals to.

I imagine you don't know when to use an apostrophe, or how not to finish a sentence.
 
2009-09-16 02:49:27 PM  
dead_dangler: BesiktasBoy83: dead_dangler: WoWgirl: I finished reading The Lost Symbol last night. It was an enjoyable, quick page-turner, so it worked. I'm not expecting it to be the end-all, be-all of writing--I just want some amusing reading to help me pass the time. The book qualified in that regard.

Of course.

Based on your user name, I imagine your exactly the type of person that Dan Brown appeals to.

I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?

Bush was elected twice. I'd say that those millions of people you're talking about have already got me back.


Good.
 
2009-09-16 02:49:39 PM  
BesiktasBoy83: jwa007: BesiktasBoy83: I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?

If 2 million people do a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing.

And if you say one thing and two million people say the opposite then maybe you should think am I right or are they right....otherwise you might be an arrogant a____


I cannot believe I fell for this. The batteries in my troll detector must be dead.
 
2009-09-16 02:49:44 PM  
BesiktasBoy83: dead_dangler: WoWgirl: I finished reading The Lost Symbol last night. It was an enjoyable, quick page-turner, so it worked. I'm not expecting it to be the end-all, be-all of writing--I just want some amusing reading to help me pass the time. The book qualified in that regard.

Of course.

Based on your user name, I imagine your exactly the type of person that Dan Brown appeals to.

I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?



They say you're a troll. I read your profile. That's a slap in the head. Oh well, I know my place. I embrace it now.
 
2009-09-16 02:51:29 PM  
EvilEgg: Eragon was hailed as a fantastic fantasy novel. Harry Potter awed the world. Twilight enthralled millions of women. Were these novels any better than Dan Brown?

All this complaining is like comparing T2 to The Bicycle Thief. Both were enjoyable, but for completely different reasons and on completely different levels


Eragon was universally reviled as a piece of crap that was only published because of familial connections.
Twilight was meant as sexuality with training wheels (ie. for teenage girls). The fact that it's enthralled millions of women is just farking SAD.
Harry Potter has reasonable storylines and very strong characterization (something lacking in both the above, and Dan Brown books).
 
2009-09-16 02:52:13 PM  
WoWgirl: I finished reading The Lost Symbol last night. It was an enjoyable, quick page-turner, so it worked. I'm not expecting it to be the end-all, be-all of writing--I just want some amusing reading to help me pass the time. The book qualified in that regard.

Hafta ask...are you known as the WoWgirl because you have a W tattooed on each buttcheek?
 
2009-09-16 02:52:30 PM  
BesiktasBoy83: jwa007: BesiktasBoy83: I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?

If 2 million people do a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing.

And if you say one thing and two million people say the opposite then maybe you should think am I right or are they right....otherwise you might be an arrogant a____


Nah...If those 2 million people enjoy Dan Brown books then I already know they are idiots and don't have to worry about who is right.

And I am an arrogant ass. Thanks for noticing.
 
2009-09-16 02:53:46 PM  
locutisOfMN: " Some sick bastard..."

From Opus Dei? Or the Freemasons?


Opus Dei.

We promote the betterment of humanity (albeit one brother at a time).
 
2009-09-16 02:53:50 PM  
And... I'm arguing about Dan Brown over the Internet... this is truly the low point of my life...

/off to shoot myself
 
2009-09-16 02:54:26 PM  

Every damned book of note gets stuck on the internet. If legit publisers are so agrieved about this happening, well there isn't much they can do except make the legitimate product affordable and accessible enough that people buy it in preference to the typo-hell, badly formatted pirate version.


At the moment legit ebooks are too expensive. There is no printing, pulping, returns, transportation to care about. Yet they often cost more than physical books. And they can't be resold and are often DRM'd the hilt. It is no wonder some people prefer to download the illegal version.

 
2009-09-16 02:54:44 PM  
jwa007: BesiktasBoy83: jwa007: BesiktasBoy83: I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?

If 2 million people do a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing.

And if you say one thing and two million people say the opposite then maybe you should think am I right or are they right....otherwise you might be an arrogant a____

Nah...If those 2 million people enjoy Dan Brown books then I already know they are idiots and don't have to worry about who is right.

And I am an arrogant ass. Thanks for noticing.


I think you forgot 'ignorant' as well.
ExperianScaresCthulhu lol.
 
2009-09-16 02:55:23 PM  
I've never read any of his books, but my Mom loves them. To each their own I guess. It doesn't surprise me when mediocre writers become huge. See Stephenie Meyer for instance. She's a terrible writer and her books have sold millions.

/and let's not forget that GI and Transformers made a lot of money.
//some people enjoy mindless garbage
 
2009-09-16 02:56:34 PM  
Porous Horace: Why read Dan Brown when you can read Umberto Eco?

My brother had me laughing for weeks with his summation of "The Da Vinci Code". He called it "Foucault's Pendulum for Dummies"
 
2009-09-16 02:57:23 PM  
jwa007: BesiktasBoy83: jwa007: BesiktasBoy83: I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?

If 2 million people do a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing.

And if you say one thing and two million people say the opposite then maybe you should think am I right or are they right....otherwise you might be an arrogant a____

Nah...If those 2 million people enjoy Dan Brown books then I already know they are idiots and don't have to worry about who is right.

And I am an arrogant ass. Thanks for noticing.


Sometimes idiots have more fun. Not everything you do has to be a deep growing experience. It's perfectly acceptable to enjoy monkey knife fights on occasion.
 
2009-09-16 02:57:50 PM  
Hey Dan Brown, LET'S TRY THE KANJI
 
2009-09-16 02:58:05 PM  
/shrug

I read his last 3 books and enjoyed them.

I thought Angels and Demons (which I read after I read the DC) was a better book. The science and computer speak in Deception Point about made me puke, but overall it was ok.

It isn't intended to be high brow prose, they are like summer
popcorn flicks. You watch them, have some fun, then forget them.
 
2009-09-16 02:58:13 PM  
GT_bike: b>Slybri: I was read the first few chapters and, in the story, this guy calls up Langdon and leaves his phone number and Dan Brown writes out an actual number, instead of a 555 fake one, and repeats it a couple times. So I called it.
Some lady answered. I think she sells crackers or something. I dunno. But the lady should sue the publisher.

867-5309?


Don't post private/contact information no matter how easily obtained.

img41.imageshack.us
 
2009-09-16 03:02:22 PM  
blogs.creativeloafing.com
 
2009-09-16 03:03:38 PM  
BesiktasBoy83: dead_dangler: WoWgirl: I finished reading The Lost Symbol last night. It was an enjoyable, quick page-turner, so it worked. I'm not expecting it to be the end-all, be-all of writing--I just want some amusing reading to help me pass the time. The book qualified in that regard.

Of course.

Based on your user name, I imagine your exactly the type of person that Dan Brown appeals to.

I used to get angry at comments like this, now I just pity you. If you want to laugh at what millions of people do then go ahead. Maybe one day they'll laugh back at you?


Millions of people have imaginary friends, do hard drugs, screw people with aids too. I guess I'll just have to live with their laughter :(
 
2009-09-16 03:05:48 PM  
sundance1028: The guy is not a great writer. He has a knack for creating puzzles, which translates into little more than a gimmick. In other words, he's basically the literary version of M. Night Shamalayan (too lazy to look and see if I spelled that right).

Even Dan Brown didn't deserve that.
 
2009-09-16 03:06:13 PM  
I think Rick Dagger would be a good pseudonym
 
2009-09-16 03:06:30 PM  
ithaqua: That sucks. Even if you don't like his books, it's not cool to steel someones hard work and...oh yeah...Cough holy blood holy grail.

Came here to say this. More like fencing already stolen goods.

/and also the answer to the question "what happens when hard drive storage space becomes too inexpensive?"
 
2009-09-16 03:07:30 PM  
Wow... what a bunch of haters.

Personally, I'm happy to hear that people are still reading books. I had a friend once who said he'd read 3 books in his life outside of school; he was 21.

Obviously, Dan Brown is WAY beneath all you hoity-toity people here on Fark, where the average IQ is 180, all the men are good-looking, and all the women are strong.

Good gracious. For everyone that hates Dan Brown: Promise me you'll replace reading one of his books with reading some Hemingway or something. At least go read a book. Then you can stop complaining that everyone else is reading a book too.
 
2009-09-16 03:08:58 PM  
LOTN: GT_bike: b>Slybri: I was read the first few chapters and, in the story, this guy calls up Langdon and leaves his phone number and Dan Brown writes out an actual number, instead of a 555 fake one, and repeats it a couple times. So I called it.
Some lady answered. I think she sells crackers or something. I dunno. But the lady should sue the publisher.

867-5309?

Don't post private/contact information no matter how easily obtained.


I got your number on the wall!
I got it, I got it, I got it!
For a good time, for a good time call....


/whoosh...
 
2009-09-16 03:09:37 PM  
dead_dangler: Imagine what would happen if Michael Bay directed a movie based on a Dan Brown book... the resulting vortex of suck would kill us all...

Unfortunately it would kill us all by burying us alive in all the money he would rake in. I swear, Dan Brown and Michael Bay are all the proof I need to believe in the saying God only looks out for fools and angels.
 
2009-09-16 03:09:49 PM  
Haven't read anything by him yet, still don't plan to.
 
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