News in Books | Do We Need To ‘Dumb Down’ Da Vinci?

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This has caused quite a stir on Twitter this past week.

And has received a mixed number of comments and opinions.


If you don’t know, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003 by Transworld and Bantam Books, now a very successful series and movie franchise, The Da Vinci Code has been read by many across the globe.

The blurb from Goodreads for you to peruse:

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever. 


Sounds interesting right? And with a (nearly) four-star rating, it’s supposed to be a good read – don’t worry it’s on my TBR pile – like most classics I never got round to reading during high school and university.

That’s the thing. High school. 

I was already planning on reading this during the later years of High School, so it wasn’t out of my reach or even my reading ‘skill’ level. 

But in this article, published the 18th May, there’s talks or cogs have been put into motion to ‘release an abridged version’ of this critically acclaimed book aimed at the Young Adult market.

This, as I’m sure you can imagine, has caused a bit of a ruckus. 

Defining Young Adult Fiction as: Young-adult fiction or young adult literature, often abbreviated as YA, is fiction written, published, or marketed to adolescents and young adults. 

Others say its where the lead/main character is a young adult, but the main thing is that many, myself included read YA fiction, it’s not just aimed at teens. Much like, fiction is aimed at adults, anyone can read any book. There shouldn’t be any boundaries.

It will be interesting to see what the difference and if it makes any difference to sales and how many ‘young adults’ pick up this version. The question is, do we really need to change a book to fit a certain criteria? 

So what’s your opinion on this whole thing? Do you reckon this long-standing series needs an update for the modern and younger generation? Or do you reckon it’s really a waste of time. Let me know in the comments below. 

Image from The Bookseller article on this topic.

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