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Monday, March 13, 2006

Chasing Windmills

Isn’t the whole Dan Brown court case preposterous?

Statistics suggest that you have already heard of Dan Brown and his Graal hotchpotch “The da Vinci Code”. Apparently, its conspiracy theory plot is lifted from a historical book called “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” – and the writers of this tome are not happy bunnies.

Instead of lifting a celebratory goblet at being linked to the biggest money-spinner in publishing, they have taken Brown to court for plagiarism.

Doesn’t this seem like a bizarre move, quite apart from the fact that the da Vinci mania must have led to a sales boost for “Holy Blood”? I mean, can you really claim copy-right over academic findings? And is historical research meant to be undertaken to make money?

Nah, they must have got the wrong end of the stick. It is fiction that is protected by plagiarism laws, and by suing Brown, the writers admit that their book is shelved in the wrong section of the book store. The next court case is probably not far away, where the “Holy Blood” people are accused of falsely marketing fiction as fact.

Just look at the trouble James Frey got himself into by writing a searing “memoir” of his struggle with addiction and getting endorsement from Oprah Winfrey’s book club. It all turned out to be gobbledegook, apparently. I don’t know the particulars… maybe James turned out to be temperate light-weight who would only sniff the brandy cork after dinner? In that case, it would prove my theory that people lie to make themselves look bad, not good, and that schools shouldn’t be half as worried as they are about all those questionnaires with youngsters bragging about their drug habits and sex lives.

Everybody loves a rebel, after all.

Now I’m off to sue J.K. Rowling for plagiarising my everyday life. I mean, people constantly missing trains in London – coincidence? I think not.

9 Comments:

At 12:21 AM, Blogger Fröken Lund said...

Jag gillar din engelska, bönan. :-)

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Rigmor said...

I got a firedoor in my head once, and the first reaction I got from the people there was "you won't sue, will you?"

And then there was a story of the guy who sued his first aider who broke his designer shirt in the process of giving him CPR.

The world has come to a very stupid place. I think we should sue it in it's entirety.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger fabio said...

ciao, swedish girl!!!

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger fb said...

Is that your drawing in the corner?

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Phu said...

the writers of the holy blood book are seeing huge increases in the sales of their work now... that's the funny part, really, by accusing brown of latching onto a free meal ticket, that's exactly what they've done themselves...

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Ant said...

The whole Dan Brown/Holy Blood thing stinks to high heaven (ooh, bad pun). I mean, everything that is talked about has riders like "the possibility exists that..." or "it could well be likely that..." Not even approaching academic rigour...

And even when the brotherhood thing that started it in the first place stood up and said "we did this hoax", Baigent and co continued to say it was the real deal...

This sounds like more sales-generating publicity to me...

Rant over. :o)

 
At 10:44 AM, Anonymous linda said...

good blog! not that this is a big deal, but it's actually not dan brown himself that's being sued, it's the book's publishing company, random house, me thinks. but who really cares.. shouldn't they all just shut up and be happy?

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Swedish Girl said...

Thanks, fröken Lund!

Yup, I agree with you all - the court case is bizarre!

Linda, that's interesting... maybe that makes it even worse - will make publishing houses very wary of accepting material. Maybe.

Oh and thanks FB, I wish I had made that drawing... I think it is Picasso, though, paiting the Quijote. (Rocio, help me out here...)

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger Rocío said...

hi pet! sorry i'm afraid that's not picasso's, it looks like though...mmmmm....ok, i must discover that!by the way,i don't have a good opinion this time; i red the "code" in airports and did not find it special..don't understand all this thing about that book.it's a FICTION book!not harry potter's though...i have a mate at job who looks exactly like him..his name is carlos, but we name him "jarri"-spanish "j", you know...

 

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