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 bookowlie » 30 Jun 2018, 10:14

420waystoreachthesun wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 23:42
I felt that there were very basic and justifiable similarities between the two texts. For the most part, this book was wonderfully unique.
I am surprised that you think the two books are similar. For me, this book was more of a light, beach-style read although the historical aspects made it a cut above. Dan Brown's book is much more complex with thought-provoking subject matter. The only things that make them similar is a painting and a tie-in with the same artist. Otherwise, I found nothing similiar - it's like two songs that share the same overall topic, love, but nothing else is similar.
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Post by Galideon » 01 Jul 2018, 04:17

I don't really see a resemblance between the two, to be honest :)

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Post by va2016 » 02 Jul 2018, 20:02

NL Hartje wrote:
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?
I am not a big fan of Da Vinci Code, because I found that
Dan Brown's books are cluttered with too much of details,
which to me does not create the awe that they are supposed
to create.

So, to me, it would not really matter if this book resembles
Da Vinci Code or not.

But, certainly, I would look for originality in the incidents,
writing style, the nuances that make a story unique, etc.
I do hope that the author takes care of these, and does
not intend to market their book based on some other book's

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Post by Book Bear » 03 Jul 2018, 05:29

I think the only similarities are art, museums and Leonardo Da Vinci. I love the title and it is bound to be linked in our minds to The Da Vinci Code. The title is very mysterious. You immediately want to know this girl.. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to read it. I also feel the same about the cover image but I love art and studied art history at school.

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Post by SparklesonPages » 03 Jul 2018, 13:38

I can see how one might be able to find similarities between Dan Brown's novel and The Girl Who Knew da Vinci. The differences are too vast to directly compare them though. Dan Brown's writing is heavy on research, information and thought provoking controversies. This novel is more focused on romance and has a simpler plot.

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Post by NL Hartje » 03 Jul 2018, 15:19

I am so glad most of you have pointed out the marked differences between the two. I honestly thought this thread would be overpopulated with an abundance of "easy" answers simply to get posting credit. It's clear you have all read this book and understood its true nature! Thank you for all of the responses!
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Post by Cjgarland89 » 04 Jul 2018, 08:42

I can relate to your comparison. I often find myself fishing for comparisons and similarities between two books that should seemingly have a comparison, but do not. I can relate to others that I don’t think the comparisons are valid. The books aren’t really similar other than the titles and even covers.

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Post by Ksharmilla » 06 Jul 2018, 19:41

I feel the same..... perhaps just all in the mind especially given the title of the books...

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Post by Ibeh12 » 07 Jul 2018, 19:30

The book reminds me of the Davinci code only through its title, but right within the book's content there are really no serious similarities between them.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 09 Jul 2018, 19:05

I've only read the review, but a lot of the previous comments I read did remind me of The Da Vinci Code. However, after reading the thread here, it seems like maybe it's not so similar after all.

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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 09 Jul 2018, 21:07

Someone asked a similar question in another forum and from the answers I think they are very different books. They only share the historical aspect and the painter.

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Post by Richard Whitehead » 10 Jul 2018, 00:43

Riszell wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 02:02
Indeed! The title already made me think the book The Da Vinci Code the very first thing! I even thought that maybe the books have somewhat related stories or continuing plots.
The two books appear to be related

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Post by Lu_rire » 10 Jul 2018, 02:33

The title is certainly reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It might be a marketing gimmick or just a coincidence or the author may have been inspired to write by the Da Vinci Code. One cant say for certain.

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Post by Bookwormgirl1 » 12 Jul 2018, 11:46

I agree that when provided with a list the way you did the books sound rather similar, but the story itself wasn't the same.

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Post by juliamenez » 15 Jul 2018, 13:29

Due to personal preference, I was hoping this book would have more of the religious symbolism and thriller aspects of The DaVinci Code. Nonetheless, I am a fan of the time period and culture that this story is set in.

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