I actually enjoyed reading Da Vinci Code
. The reason I got a kick out of it was because I saw the humor. I was laughing my head off every few pages. And I don't think it was a case of sarcasm; I believe Brown was having his readers on, making sly jokes that nobody wanted to see because they were too busy following the idiotic story. So many readers wanted to believe that Brown's take on the Jesus/Mary Magdalene story was sincere that they missed the whole point of the plot.
And what was that point, Mr. Bones? Well, Mr. Interlocutor, if'n you look carefully the whole story is just a tale of a scavenger hunt, the kind that they used to stage at frat parties at university. Here's your first clue. It'll lead you to the next clue which is on a slip of paper buried between pages 325 and 326 in the (insert name of book). And then you realize you've been set up because pages 325 and 326 are not adjacent but are printed on opposite sides of the same piece of paper so you . . .etc. Well, you prob'ly get the point. It was fun.
Some of the more humorous details in DaVinci
--suggesting that there is mystic significance in the fact that a particular clue is a quatrain written entirely in -- get ready for this -- iambic pentameter
!!! My Gawd, the whole thing with the number five and so forth. (Never mind that about 80 percent of all poetry in the English language is written in iambic pentameter; it's not because there's a mystic streak in English poets but because it's the most natural rhythm in this language).
-- suggesting that Walt Disney's Little Mermaid (Ariel) has hidden mystic significance becasue -- and get this -- Walt Disney was a known Freemason
!!! So ******* what? Brown does not intend you to take any of this seriously. But most people miss these tidbits.
A & D
is, in my opinion, a better book because these little inside jokes are better hidden and because the plot moves at a more stately pace. But, of course, the climax is so over-the-top and expected that it just ruins everything that went before. Anyone who couldn't see what was coming and who the ultimate villain is just hasn't read enough fifth-rate pulp fiction.