Ok, follow up to a recent post about bad authors. I had wrote about how The Lost Symbol was insulting to the average person’s intelligence, especially putting Neotics at the forefront of the book (with nothing to back it up) but a recent viewing of the Angels and Demons film got my blood boiling again.
Quickly, Langdon is summoned to the Vatican to help find 4 captured cardinals who are up to be the new pope. He follows “clues”, which have next to no basis in reality or are complete fabrications and after letting 3 die, he saves the last one. Oh, there’s an anti-matter bomb with a battery too. Can’t forget that!
Anyhoot, the carmelengo (secretary) flies into the sky with a helicopter and the bomb, then parachutes down while the bomb explodes above him. Let me say that early in the book, the bomb is compared to a nuclear device. You know, the ones that won WW2? That destroyed entire towns and poisoned the genetic pool for 3 generations? And those were weak ones. So ya, the bomb explodes a few hundred feet above him and everybody lives. Then Langdon watches a tape showing that the secretary was the bad guy and then the secretary sets himself on fire.
So, let’s get this straight. Langdon saved 1 life and let 3 people die, then he watched a tape to see who the bad guy was. Oh and the entire thing takes place in Vatican City, which has the square mileage of a typical shopping mall. So really, why did Langdon do anything again if the entire plot of the movie is re-written in the last 2 chapters?
Dan Brown writes good stories filled with half-truths, lies and exaggerations – but all stories need those. I won’t deny his ability in that regard. What he is absolutely not, is an author. Sort of like saying Britney Spears is a good singer.
Here’s some neato stuff from CERN in regards to anti-matter and Angels and Demons. 2 billion years to create enough anti matter to make a bomb like the one at Hiroshima.