The Da Vinci Code – A Blockbuster Chicanery !

The moving picture, now for over a century, has been entertaining the people. Right from the voiceless, emotion induced drama to the mellifluous dialogue-laden action thrillers that seem to be the trend today. The ideas behind the films over the past decade show a significant amount of recurrence. To battle the existing consistency and to break the monopoly of the cinema, directors turn to bestselling books for inspiration.
This was more of a marketing strategy rather than the artist’s urging desire to recreate the romance the book did. The fact that the book was already a bestseller provides the producer certainty that the film will do good among the public. The anxiousness that whether the film will be a hit is almost immediately substantiated. Secondly, the need to pay a scriptwriter is also eliminated. This is a disregard to the author who must have spent months or even years to carefully formulate an idea into a 400-odd page novel. For all this, the author gets the picayune amount of selling copyright that is about five-percent of the film’s budget. Thirdly, the directors, in order to make that film more appealing, alter important facts and events by reasoning them unnecessary thereby resulting in a chicanery of the public.

Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, stated in an interview, “If I’m not at my desk by 4:00 A.M., I feel like I’m missing my most productive hours.” In addition he also hung up gravity boots near his desk so that they could provide him different perspectives on the story. Moreover, he would keep an hourglass by his table to do push ups, sit ups and stretches regularly in order to keep his blood flow. One can only imagine waking up as early as he did, doing all he did and writing chapters, day after day, for years to produce a bestseller. Then came a guy, Ron Howard, calling himself a director who stated, with utter shamelessness that he will take this novel from the table of the readers to the projector in the cinemas.

The film released in 2006, apparently six years after the novel. By then the public had forgotten The Da Vinci Code enough to visit the multiplex to revive the experience again. The first few minutes into the film lived exactly up to the reader’s experience. Then the con started. The assassin from Opus Dei who drives an Audi in the novel is given a cost-effective Renault in the film. The two cryptexes are abridged into one, thus lessening the mystic capabilities of the protagonist, Robert Langdon. The talk about the sex-ritual that takes place between Robert and Sophie in the plane is missing. The Teacher, later revealed as Leigh Teabing, kills his own servant in the open, unlike in the car as stated in the novel. And the gravest of the cons come towards the end when they discover the location of Holy Grail by themselves contrary to that in the novel where Sophie’s Grandma says it all to Langdon. Moreover the Robert Langdon who is a claustrophobic and fears going into an elevator is all gassed up to go underground in the Rosslyn Church to stumble upon, again nowhere stated in the novel, Leonardo Da Vinci’s yet to be discovered paintings, Sophie Neveu’s family’s death newspapers as well as the members of Priory of Sion.

The director and his team distorted the originality of the novel and turned it into his own, downcast version of the novel. The film however earned $301 million worldwide. But the good news was that it was highly criticized. The critics’ consensus as gathered by Rotten Tomatoes was: “What makes Dan Brown’s novel a best seller is evidently not present in this dull and bloated movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code.” Moreover, the film was poorly received at the Cannes Film Festival, where it debuted. Director Ron Howard noted that the overwhelmingly negative reviews were “frustrating” to him. Well he had a choice to avoid the frustration by directing the novel in its exact entirety. He chose not to and consequently acted as a fox who stated the grapes as sour simply because it couldn’t reach them. And perhaps the code left by Jacques Saunière, “O Draconian Devil, O lame Saint!” perfectly fits “Sir” Ron Howard.


To all those who want to start blogging !

Yay ! Finally Set Going !

It’s been a while I wanted to start Blogging and today when I finally start it I feel the achievement. I know there are a plenty of people out there who want to start blogging, but are restraining themselves for some reason or other. Having gone through this phase for a long time now, I have decoded some tricks and tips that have helped me, and will help you, to start blogging.

1. Find a reason to start blogging !

You want to blog for a reason. The stronger your reason is the stronger will be your intent to start blogging. You will chip off time from your schedule and add a special “blogging” time to it.

When Kunal Nayyar, the famous Rajesh Koothrapalli of TBBT, was asked about his “memoir” he answered,

“Well…it’s more like a collection of essay than a memoir. I am too young to write a memoir. The book that I am writing is not really in any chronological order. I think I have had an interesting life. I have gone through various phases and have had interesting experiences. I studied in St Columbus, Delhi, and am now here. I have put myself through a lot.”

The same is the reason for me. I was a lonely guy who would love to be engrossed in books and not hang out with anyone. My mom beat the shit out of me when she got to know about my first crush. I faced failures at A-Levels and yet after all that today I am on my path to the United States of America. I have brought a change in myself that has opened up new vistas for me. And I believe that all that took place in my life will Be an inspiration to many people around the world. I want to share my experiences and consequently know about others’.

Find a reason and you will be set to blog.

2. Don’t look at he big picture just yet !

Marin Luther King Jr. said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” That stands true for everything. By trying to make the whole picture clear in front of you before you take your first step you are hindering yourself from doing the most important thing : STARTING. Once you start you’ll find more reasons that’ll keep you on your toes for new information to blog on.

I want my blog to be read and noticed. I want it to cool and fancy. I want a 1 contact widget. 7 drop down menus. And a place for uploading videos and images. Damn ! What a stupid thing to do. I had all these plans in my mind. But today I an doing nothing and posting up this simple topic with the hope that a few tens of readers like you read it and give a suggestion. I have started it and I know that with a single suggestion I receive I’ll put a new post keeping the suggestions in mind.

3. Take two hours for the first post !

Well begun is half done ! Not rally in blogging. When people know you’re a new blogger they keep that in mind while reading your posts. There will be a little immaturity in your writing ( like in mine ) and you’ll improve over time. Just keep going. When you make a WordPress account first, you’ll want to select the theme, upload a Gravatar and so on. You’ll get so engrossed in personalizing your blog that you’ll forget the real motive : Writing your first post. It’ll take some time for you to realize that you’ve spent enough portion of it on personalization and you should probably punch a post now. Take about 45 minute for adding effects and themes and five-quarter of hours for the post.

4. Design your post in your mind:

Ideas are born twice. Once in mind. Once in reality. Pre-Writing and Pre-Thinking is as necessary as drafting and posting. The reason from step number one will give you enough motivation for the first article. Say what you want to in your first post and let the creative juices flow. Write something you are confident about and you want to share. Don’t worry about the exact things you’re gonna write. A rough basic plan along with some unattended ideas should be fine.

So there you go. You’re all set to start your blog and have your say.

Find a reason, have faith in yourself,

take some time and you’ll be fine.

After you write your first blog don’t forget to link it in the comments section. After all we are the new one on the block !

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