Why is da Vinci’s name on the cover?

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Re: Why is da Vinci’s name on the cover?

Post by TashaCrispin » 14 Jun 2018, 01:01

I saw the title and it instantly caught my attention. I think it could be quite a marketing strategy but not unethical at all. However, many readers feel like it was a clickbait and it isn't good for the book at the end.

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Post by DancingLady » 15 Jun 2018, 08:51

It seems like the story starts with Fioretta, she is the leading female in the earliest date in the sequence of events and Da Vinci’s painting holds the secret that drives the story. So, the title is a little strange to me since Fioretta isn’t really THEain character, but the painting is a central figure.

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 15 Jun 2018, 12:27

I don't find it unethical to use da Vinci's name on the cover. I think the author just wanted the readers to get attracted to the book.

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Post by holsam_87 » 16 Jun 2018, 01:58

cristinaro wrote:
03 Jun 2018, 04:12
Leonardo da Vinci is an episodic character in the novel. Considering the overabundance of fictional books using his life as a pretext, would you agree with such a marketing strategy?

Do you think that Fioretta and Giuliano’s story and the different references to Leonardo’s work are reasons enough to use his name in the title? Is it ethical or not?
I think it was fine. They made the connection in a way that was not overly overt, but it connected da Vinci due to his work.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 17 Jun 2018, 03:39

I don't consider it unethical. Because da Vinci is a famous figure. And the book is set around this historical painting. So I don't consider it bad if the author has used it for cover.
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Post by ViziVoir » 17 Jun 2018, 19:58

In all honesty, I've seen titles that are much more misleading than this one. Even some classics have titles that don't have much to do with the contents - The Catcher in the Rye comes to mind. This is a different situation, of course, because Da Vinci is a very well-known figure, but I still don't necessarily see anything wrong with it in this instance. I do agree that it's right to question these things, though.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 17 Jun 2018, 22:37

It seems like a clever marketing tactic, but since the name is related to the plot, I don't think it's unethical.

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Post by KRay93 » 18 Jun 2018, 19:18

Angela's main goal is to obtain a lost painting that supposedly belongs to Da Vinci, not to mention that some of her dreams include the presence of this well-known artist. It is clear that his presence in the title of this book is mostly dictated by the fact that he is a renowned artist, but it is not as if his persona/character had nothing to do with the story.

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Post by Tracey Madeley » Yesterday, 05:04

I'm a little late picking up the book, but my first thought was Dan Brown when I saw the title. Fortunately, I'm not taken in just by the title. There is a similar problem with Jane Austen and Mr Darcy being used in book titles. I wonder if anyone else noted the author's name 'Belle Ami' is also close to Belle Andre, the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. Could be a coincidence, but it unlikely to be her birth name.

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