Great book. All that controversy was over the top, but probably seriously increased sales. I am sure Dan Brown liked that part. Probably liked least the part where so many groups were disclaiming his book as if it were an attempt at non-fiction when it was just a good read. I also appreciated the look at other types of religious sects and especially the Knights Templar. There are so many stories, fiction and non-fiction about these men and I am really fascinated by the topic. Interested in anything any members can recommend.
Interesting to me is the slant that Mary Magdalene (sp) acted as an advisor, not to the group, but certainly to their central figure. There are real examples of women acting as advisors to men of influence behind the scenes in these times.
For the purposes of fiction, Dan Brown certainly embellished. One thing that is not so far-fetched is finding hidden secrets in the older churches and libraries around Europe. I think the only places where there is surely little of this still around are those old churches that have undergone serious renovation. There has been a lot of this in Italy for sure, but all across Europe. Not so farfetched to find nooks and cranies (sp) that might hide secrets. We read about these types of things periodically and sometimes they even warrant articles in National Geographic. So a story line that is bound to capture everyone's interest.
A huge amount of interest was generated with the cleaning of The Last Supper. Now that the painting is clean again, it is has become a large source of controversy. It is hard to believe something revealed to be so beautiful could cause so much angst. We should all just appreciate it for what it says to each of us as we will probably never know what is behind the painting itself.
As to the movie, to me Tom Hanks was a very bad choice for the leading man. It was evident in both The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Can't imagine who would have worked better, but they just sort of fizzled with him. I am a big Tom Hanks fan and usually enjoy his movies, but in this role, not so much.