Friday, August 04, 2006

The Da Vinci Code falls from grace

       0 comments rode Da Vinci's horse a long, long time. It's not dead, but let's not beat it, either. Just put it up, hard-ridden and wet.

The Da Vinci Code and anything related to it have become passe. The Top 50 has for the first time since The Da Vinci Code's publication become Da Vinci Code-free.

But what a ride!

Dan Brown and fellow Brit J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, have redefined how big a modern blockbuster book can be. Once selling a million books was "mega" — now it's more like four or five million. When you factor in Brown's prequel book Angels and Demons, which flew high on the wings of DVC, a Dan Brown book is in one of every two homes in the United Kingdom. That's big!

In America, it's big, too. The Da Vinci Code is even on kids' reading lists.

Brown's next book is reportedly about Freemasons, and is due out in early 2007.

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