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Old 04-22-2009, 05:47 PM   #61
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I can't believe there needs to be that big of a delay between the announcement date and release date for Dan Brown's new book! I need someone in marketing to explain it to me! (ie Does it create a type of "hysteria" for the book by the time it comes out?)

Anyways, maybe this thread is what finally got things moving!

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The movie "Angels & Demons" comes out next month, so he's hoping the hype for the movie will steer people to his older books and/or keep him in their minds all summer until the new book comes out.
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:42 PM   #62
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I guess after selling 81 000 000 books (and I think that number is only of Da Vinci's Code), he doesn't have to use such strategies...

On the other hand, the publisher certainly will.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:10 PM   #63
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Both Mr. Ludlum and Mr. Brown are/were writers of extremely commercially successful thrillers. Given that neither was setting out to write "great literature", but simply "escapist entertainment", I certainly don't think that it is any "insult" to the late Mr. Ludlum to compare his books to those of Mr. Brown. They are undoubtedly in the same "genre".
But still I think Ludlum is a far better author. Both A&D and da Vinci consists mainly of a long string of small chapters that ends in a sort of a climax which is meant to force us to continue reading. I think the narrative of Ludlums books establishes suspense in a more slowly and cleverly way. At least that is what I'd like to think, since I didn't really fance Dan Brown, but in my earlier days I really enjoyed Ludlum.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:34 AM   #64
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I agree with you that Mr. Ludlum's books are a lot more complex and better-plotted, yes. However, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Da Vinci Code". A very clever book.
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I agree with you that Mr. Ludlum's books are a lot more complex and better-plotted, yes. However, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Da Vinci Code". A very clever book.

May I ask... did you read da Vinci before you read A&D? I read A&D first and thought that it was quite entertaining. When I picked up da Vinci I got this serious case of deja vu, and found it to be a bore.

I'm just wondering whether the distaste is partly because of Browns repetitions of his own formula.
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May I ask... did you read da Vinci before you read A&D? I read A&D first and thought that it was quite entertaining. When I picked up da Vinci I got this serious case of deja vu, and found it to be a bore.
Yup. They're good books, I find, but very, very similar. I hope Mr. Brown used the last couple of years to whip up a new formula.
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A & D was written before Da Vinci Code.
I read them in this order (as I try to whenever possible ! ).
The plot is very similar (a couple of "good" ones in the middle of a conspiracy with a religious touch), but for me it was quite entertaining (as far as you consider them as complete fiction !).
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but for me it was quite entertaining (as far as you consider them as complete fiction !).
Ha ha... My sisters husband is a engineer and prizes himself in that he almost never read. At a party a couple of years back he said "I seldom read books and the last book I read was non fiction, it was the da Vinci code."

I did laugh a little bit and puked a little bit at the same time.
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