Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Da Vinci Code trial - elaborate publicity stunt?

March 13

I was discussing the Da Vinci Code trial today with friends on the Internet. This will certainly be one to watch, which will have ramifications for the entire publishing industry.

The ironic thing is that both books were published by Random House, but then most are, as they are the biggest name in publishing worldwide, with so many imprints they take up almost a whole page in the Writers and Artists Handbook. I cannot comment too much on this as I am one of the few people who has not read any of Dan Brown's books. He is right when he says The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail is not the only book to mention the so called Jesus bloodline, since many others do, notably Lawrence Gardner in Bloodline of the Holy Grail. The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail was however the first book to mention this. It was written incidentally by three writers, the third of which, Henry Lincoln has refused to comment regarding the lawsuit. I shall be watching this one very carefully.

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