Honestly Adults over the age of 45 seem to think we are all a bunch of idiots. While I am no longer considered a young adult, I read plenty of Young Adult fiction, and I am close enough to remember very clearly all the things I hated to hear from adults when I was a teen or in my early twenties. Mr. Dan Brown has officially struck upon all of those things.
A Young Adult Version of The Da Vinci Code
I know exactly why this version is even being printed and it has nothing to do with sparking a sense of discovery in anyone. Dan Brown was quoted saying,
“My parents were educators, so it’s no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research. In fact, if I weren’t an author, I’m sure I would be a teacher myself. It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in.”
Yes, and the best way to spark interest in something is to essentially tell the target audience they’re not smart enough to read the original story. What’s actually happening here is that his publishers know just how successful YA books are in the current market. Children and Young Adult books have seen the most growth in sales in the past few years. This is nothing more than a marketing strategy. Let me explain to you why I think this is an idiotic move.
I read The Da Vinci Code as a teen, and read the prequel Angels and Demons as a teen as well. You know what I thought about them then? “Not the best writing, but still entertaining.” Because that’s the truth of it. There is not a single theme in the Original Da Vinci Code that any book nerd teenager can’t grasp. Honestly, I’ve seen YA with more complicated themes and messages. People of the book community have been here before, and quite recently as well. Where another Penis with eyes decided that Young Adult fiction isn’t morally complicated enough, and he was about to be the game changer. Both of you need to STOP.
If Dan Brown really wanted to spark any kind of interest within the YA community, maybe he should have sat down and written a COMPLETELY NEW series for YA. Make the characters young and write the secret society, historical fiction, and mystery in there, but make it a fresh idea, make it new and depart from The Da Vinci Code. By releasing this book in September you’re just telling a bunch of young people “Here, I dumbed this down for you because the only things I think you’re good at are selfies.”
It is so condescending and idiotic to think so highly of your writing, and so low of the youth today that you figured this was the best move. Sir, you sold 82 million copies of The Da Vinci Code, you really fucking think that NONE of those copies were bought, read and understood by young adults? You fool!
I am tired of getting shit for reading Young Adult fiction, and I am tired of certain writers acting like they need to enter the YA community with there heads up their ass, and with the air around them as if they’re the second coming of Jesus. I have zero patience for this kind of thing and I hope this plan BOMBS. You don’t deserve the recognition and love from this wonderful community, and you’re well on your way to never receiving it. I will NOT be buying this book, and neither should anyone else. Maybe our tiny brains just can’t help themselves.
Peace & Love…sort of.