Apparently there is a new case being heard in England regarding the Da Vinci Code. It seems that the authors of a book, "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" think that author Dan Brown stole his idea from them.

Their attorney claims that they aren't suing based on theft of specific parts of the text, but on the "appropriation of themes and ideas".

Okay....here's my problem with that. Do they honestly believe that they are the only ones to have had that particular idea? I mean really. If you're going to start suing for "appropriation of themes and ideas" every romance novelist in the WORLD is guilty. Those themes and ideas get recycled so often it's not funny, and yet you don't see Nora Roberts and Jayne Anne Krantz fist fighting ont he steps of the courthouse.

I think, personally, that these two men had an idea and the book just didn't take off....and now they want a slice of a more successful pie. Plain and simple.

1 comment:

knightjorge said...


Just had to let the world know (and seriously so, check out the all caps) that I agree with what you are saying. I'm sure there are a million people that have had the same story idea and half of those actually get that story idea published but they don't go around suing the snot out of each other. That would be the end of free thinking as we know it. Plus, the same story "idea" can be written and developed in infinite ways. If they win this case it will be a sad day for all writers everywhere.

I think this is a little funny, the word verification started with "divi"