Never watch a movie based on a book without reading the novel first.
That’s the best lesson I’ve learned when I read this novel. I made the mistake of watching the movie first before finally deciding to read Dan Brown‘s hit novel. So that means the element of surprise, which is Brown’s specialty, was lost by the time I read it since I already know what would happen.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Mass Market Paperback, Anchor Books,489 pages
Read in June, 2007
Prior to the movie’s release, I’d been hearing a lot of good reviews about the book but then I was really hesitant to buy it since I was still in college then and saving money for term papers and projects is more important. When the movie came out, one of my Christian friends asked me to go with her to watch it and so I did. And man, I was really awed by how good it is and I ended up wondering how the novel was written. Without blinking an eye, I finally bought it.
I was really excited and I immediately started reading. After a few chapters, I lost my interest. Yeah, you guessed it right, because I already knew what’s gonna happen and how the story would end. And calling me stupid is expected.
I literally dragged myself to finish the book and I was thankful I did. There were a lot of scenes from the movie that were not clearly discussed. The viewer can only understand those and connect the story if they read the novel before hitting the theaters. Funny so it seems, but reading it made me appreciate how cunning the story was and how Brown made the reader’s believe that—IT might be true.
I admit that when I was reading this, I asked myself probably for the nth time if it was true or if it was really based from facts. I reread and rechecked the genre to make sure I was indeed reading a fiction novel. It somehow made me question my faith. It’s a test of how strong your spiritual relationship is with Him. Its nerve-wracking but if your bond and belief are strong, you’ll make it through the deceit and see which was fact from fiction.
I’ll no longer discuss what the story was about or how well where the characters were made like any other book reviews. I’d rather share how much I enjoyed it and my experience while reading it.
I’m not sure if I can rate the book unbiased since I had a difficult time finishing it. But for making me understand the movie better, I think giving it 3 Kiss Marks out of 5 is good enough. 🙂