Yet another 'Da Vinci' clone?

And the hits just keep on coming. Now Vanity Fair suggests Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code ripped off yet another book, something called Daughter of God by Lewis Perdue.

"Comedy is theft," a wise man once said. So… airport-novel-writing is also theft. Is anyone surprised? Does anyone fault Delta Force Six: The Decepticon Initiative for its similarities to Trident Assault Three: The Autobot Conspiracy? This kind of crap flies under the radar. The problems don’t arise until you take an airport novel and elevate it to the status of literature. Then you find out the author basically Googled the whole book, and much bellyaching ensues.

I also have a theory. I think Dan Brown totally ripped off The Bible, which contains a character called "Jesus." He doesn’t show up until halfway through, but he’s there. Check it and get back to me.

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  • Andrea

    I read Daughter of God years ago, and I always thought Davinci Code closely resembled it . . . As they say, there ARE NO original ideas.

  • mike

    Doesn’t every hit movie and most hit songs become the basis for a lawsuit? There are no original ideas,but that unoriginal idea sounds a lot like the unoriginal idea I had. I’m calling a lawyer.

  • Craig

    OMG OMG! I found another one! Kevin Smith’s movie Dogma reference’s the Last Scion, the last decendant of Jesus’s bloodline! That’s curiously similar to the Priory of Scion protecting the last decendant of Jesus, no????!!! Dan Brown surely stole that idea! Someone call a lawyer! Run for your lives!!

  • Preeti

    so here’s the thing: I’ve been referring to the Da Vinci Code as an airport novel since it came out… and nobody knew what I meant. I thank you for the validation.

  • LuLu

    When did someone decide that The Da Vinci Code is “literature”–I feel horrified. Oh Harold Bloom raise that voice and call the book what it is, a waste of paper.

  • Christopher

    The Da Vinci Code has always been one of those things that people will either love or hate. It inspires such fierce reaction on either side and barely leaves room for any middle ground, I take some of these posts as proof. I sense an overwhelming desire, that seems so present in today’s world, to tear down those who find success… as if their success is somehow a judgement on our own would-be successes. (or more likely, failures) So you’ll have people trashing the novel instead of commenting on the legitamacy of a pending lawsuit and if that doesn’t work then they will come up some rather harsh words for the 40 million plus who actually liked the book, after all they must be pretty stupid to like a book like that right? If I were Dan Brown I might consider generating a little of this controversy myself,(a great conspiracy idea for those of you keen on that) what better way to keep those books flying off the shelves.

  • Christopher

    Maybe this goes back to my whole point on a previous post, that there are just too many critics in this world. When in the world did telling your opinion become worthy of a salary? But why bother creating a novel, movie or song of your own when you can get paid to tell the world what you think about those that are actually doing that very thing? Easy money…

  • kriselda jarnsaxa

    I find it amusing that Vanity Fair is just NOW making a big deal about this. Lewis Perdue, the author of “Daughter of God” has been making a stink about it for quite some time – to the point that (if I understand correctly) Random House filed a suit to have ask the court to make an affirmative declaration that “Da Vinci Code” was not plagiarized from “Daughter of God”.
    Something else interesting about the whole situation is that “Daughter of God” was originally published as “The Linz Testament” in the mid-80’s, and then was somewhat “updated” and reissued under the “Daughter of God” name sometime around 2000. From reviews I’ve read (I’ve not read either version of the book), Pardue not only changed the title (without any indication on the book cover that it was a reissue of a previously published book), but also semi-updated things in the book to make it more current – but not everything, so there are apparently a few odd time inconsistancies.

  • jason

    In response to Christophers post: What are you doing on EW’s website if you disdain the idea of paid, professional criticism of culture and art?

  • Lewis Perdue

    kriselda: Actually Daughter of God is extensively re-done from Linz Testament … I cut about half of Linz, added new characters and a lot of other data when I wrote Daughter of God.

  • zink

    Give poor dan brown a break, ppl are just trying to rip on his success and are upset becuase their books didnt do as well, as for christopher, dont read the reviews if you have a problem with them…looking forward to the next robert langdon book

  • Christopher

    It’s called being bored at work, and since when did it become “professional” criticism anyway? Is their a school or college degree for giving one’s opinion on a movie or book? Besides if someone can think themselves of a more worthy opinion than others, then I can waste a few moments of downtime venting my own frustrated feelings.

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