THE WEB JOURNAL OF JOHN RAY

If Reading Was A Sin

Posted in Movies, Novels by J.R. Bumanglag on February 8, 2009

I’d be so dead right now. I have been reading to death these past couple of weeks. At first, it was a way for me to get passed not having my PSP for a while (I lent it to my significant other almost 3 weeks ago). It was a very good idea, learning to my dismay that the PSP was the prime reason why I was so easily distracted (Patapon is very addictive, having control over a tribe of eyes really gets my gut going). So, I took the opportunity to get back on a book I read, I think, about 3 years ago which is Angels and Demons. I chanced upon it when I entered my brother’s room looking for something to eat (or a new issue of FHM or Maxim. Yes, devilish.) I picked it up just as I was supposed to leave and get back to work. It was at that instant that I remembered that there will be a film adaptation this summer, a prequel to The Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks reprising his role as Robert Langdon. Excited at the idea of hitting the theatres once it was out, I decided to read the novel again.

Overall, it was still an enjoyable read. I seriously dig conspiracy theories, secret organizations and science fiction, couple that with at least a pint of historical fact and fiction and a mystery/thriller approach. Although, in many cases, I knew what was coming next but that did not stop me from reading through the novel.

Through the course of my reading sessions riding the jeepney/LRT on my way to school, I wondered if someone would suddenly approach me and tell me to put the book down immediately as it may have threatened my view on faith. The idea of this probable event never escaped my mind. If it did happen though, I imagined justifying that the book is entirely fictional and is by no means an attack to the Catholic faith. But, anything can happen. I’m glad it never did.

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  1. ivy said, on February 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I agree! This is the first novel that I loved! I stay up late for I cannot afford to miss the next chapter. Dan Brown brought out the supreme curiosity in me. While reading and even after reading the book, it never occurred to me to question faith. Readers, even Dan, do not owe any explanation to those who do not want to appreciate the book. :D


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