They might as well have sent them an RSVP, but with the prequel novel Angels and Demons riding the success of the DaVinci Code coming out in theaters, is it any surprise that the Catholic League would react any differently to their protest about the franchise?
The ever vigilant Catholic League have announced their intentions to launch a massive P.R. battle against Ron Howard’s upcoming adaptation of the Dan Brown book Angels & Demons. Three years ago they also rallied against the release of The Da Vinci Code, but if anything, their efforts probably only helped to generate more publicity for the flick, which ended up earning $758 million worldwide.
These people do realize that this is a movie based on FICTION right? They are not saying that the Vatican is REALLY hiding proof that the bible is a lie right? Its a work of fiction.
Honestly, after their last public outcry against The DaVinci Code, and how people speculated that they offered up MORE publicity for the movie, would it really be worth their while? I think they might be shooting themselves in the foot here. They could make a public statement saying they don’t approve and recognize that it is speculative fiction, but honestly it is the reaction that the bullies crave on the playground so they have to play their part and fight back vocally.
There are even plans for a booklet! Maybe they can strike a deal with the producers and have it included in the DVD as a bonus feature.
I know some devout Roman Catholics who love Dan Brown’s books, and their faith isn’t jarred. But I also know some other Catholics who just don’t care and won’t read it or see the movies because they don’t like their Church being depicted like that. Frankly, if a work of fiction can shake your faith to its core, I wouldn’t blame the fiction as much as I would blame your weak devotion to your faith.
For our International Friends of Catholic Faith, do you find Angels and Demons and/or DaVinci Code to be interesting “what if” fiction, or do you see it as an offense to your beliefs, or do you simply not care either way?