Does this remind you of The Da Vinci Code?

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Re: Does this remind you of The Da Vinci Code?

Post by lesler » 13 Jun 2018, 12:58

I think the DaVinci element is meant to attract Da Vinci Code lovers, but this focus is more on art, and not religious symbolism.

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Post by Nmesoma » 13 Jun 2018, 20:07

The Da Vinci Code is more of a conspiracy fiction and thriller while The Girl Who Knew da Vinci is more of a romantic detective thriller. They both have the same background (art, da Vinci, historical heritage), but different story line.

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Post by holsam_87 » 16 Jun 2018, 02:36

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01 Jun 2018, 02:21
I suppose I’ve always compared books, but that’s more of a flaw in my nature than any real error of the authors.

The Girl Who Knew da Vinci reminds me of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code in so many ways.

First, there’s obviously the presiding canvas of art history, but then add that, in both books, the characters search for an item that has a questionable existence at best. There is also the aspect of fantastically changing settings as characters race against a clock.

Do you find similarities too, or am I fishing?

Do the similarities add or detract from the book for you?
Honestly, I've never read The Da Vinci Code. The only thing that would be similar for me would be the title. I would like to read The Da Vinci Code so that I could draw more in-depth parallels.
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 17 Jun 2018, 02:47

I do agree that there are some similarities between these two books especially the subject matter concerned is the art history (the painting). However, the writing style is way different. Dan Brown's writing is focused more on action, mystery and kinda more detailed about art history for a novel which reminded me of Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; whilst Belle Ami's writing is more with romance. Thus, Belle Ami's novel is more of the light reading than Dan Brown's.

Having read both of these books by Dan Brown and Belle Ami, it somehow gave me 2 distinguished views of art history: views from mystery genre, and view from romance genre. Same theme but different approach.
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Post by ViziVoir » 17 Jun 2018, 20:01

I feel like the two books certainly follow a similar literary trend. This reminds me of other "sub-genres," like vampire romance or what I've come to call "love triangle dystopia." It really comes down to how the authors distinguish their work, regardless of existing precedent, though some similarities are certainly there.

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Post by Bonnie Shelby » 18 Jun 2018, 11:52

I don't believe there were too many similarities. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown was a complex mystery; The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami was a romance novel first and foremost.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 21 Jun 2018, 02:03

Yes, there are few similarities in both items like the same artist and connection of characters with the past. But overall the themes are different in different settings.
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Post by strawberrysab » 21 Jun 2018, 06:31

Besides a few similaries, the search for something missing and some settings, I'd say no, they cannot be compared, in my opinion. Entirely different stories and different themes.
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Post by Itameo » 21 Jun 2018, 16:22

I personally dont think there is any similarities between these books aside from the "Da Vinci" I think Dan Brown book is more of mysteries and somewhat cryptic while Belle Ami's is more of a romance and fantasies.

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Post by lindsaysherlock » 23 Jun 2018, 18:38

I'm glad that this topic was made because I too wanted to know if anyone saw similarities between this and the Da Vinci Code. I've wanted to read the Da Vinci Code ever since I was a kid and my mom read it for her book club!

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Post by bclayton13 » 23 Jun 2018, 23:50

I didn't really find a similarity; I'm a huge fan of the Da Vinci Code so I feel like I would've seen one. The characters in both definitely had some art-related obstacles but that's about it. Belle Ami's book is definitely a romance, through and through. Da Vinci Code, not so much. Personally I feel that Dan Brown just uses his books to quench his nerdy need to discuss symbology, which is fine by me.

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Post by JazmynElizabeth » 24 Jun 2018, 04:29

For me the titles are the only glaring similarity, but I understand why people would think otherwise.
I suppose it's hard not to compare novels to each other nowadays. There's very few original ideas left.
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Post by Sdejardine » 25 Jun 2018, 10:16

Initially, the book reminded me of the Da Vinci Code when choosing to read the book. After that, I believe the book stood alone by itself. While the book may have some similarities, I didn't find myself comparing the books while reading at all. Good question!

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Post by Silahmom » 26 Jun 2018, 10:09

I haven't read this book but I did ask the same question! I even wondered if it was the same author then of course I looked and saw it wasnt. I do not know if I will be able to get into this book its just not my type of book. Neither was the Da Vinci code.

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Post by bookowlie » 27 Jun 2018, 08:59

Itameo wrote:
21 Jun 2018, 16:22
I personally dont think there is any similarities between these books aside from the "Da Vinci" I think Dan Brown book is more of mysteries and somewhat cryptic while Belle Ami's is more of a romance and fantasies.
You hit the nail on the head. :) The romance and paranormal elements are what make Belle Ami's book different. Different strokes for different folks. Some readers may prefer a lighter read like this one vs. Dan Brown's book which was a more complex mystery. At times Belle Ami's book seemed like of a mystery than a paranormal fantasy.
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