Dan Brown Adapts The Da Vinci Code for YA Readers | WHY?!?

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From the Press Release:

THE DA VINCI CODE (YOUNG ADULT ADAPTATION)

By Dan Brown / Delacorte Press / On sale 9/13/16

HC ISBN: 978-1-5247-1582-3 / Price: $18.99 / $24.99 Can. / Ebook ISBN: 978-1-5247-1584-7

Audio edition available from Listening Library

Young adult edition to release in the UK on September 8.

The Random House US and Penguin Random House UK children’s divisions of Penguin Random House will jointly publish a young adult adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code this fall. The acquisition was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (US), and Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK, who obtained World English rights from Heide Lange of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. 

“My parents were educators, and so it’s no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research,” says Brown. “In fact, if I weren’t an author, I’m sure I would be a teacher myself. It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in.” 

 Since its publication in 2003, The Da Vinci Code has become a global publishing success story, selling 82 million copies worldwide. The young adult adaptations will have new cover designs and will introduce a new generation of readers to Dan Brown’s well-known characters, among them professor and famed symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptographer Sophie Neveu. Abridged in length while maintaining Brown’s original plot that was hailed by the New York Times as “blockbuster perfection,” readers will experience the thrilling, lightning-paced journey from Paris to London that reveals the unraveling of the greatest conspiracy of the past two thousand years.

 “It is incredibly exciting for us to bring The Da Vinci Code to our young adult market in the US, and to introduce young people to Dan Brown’s masterful storytelling, and his brilliant ability to bring history to life on the page,” says Marcus. “We are delighted to work with our colleagues here at Doubleday to further expand the reach of this special book, and build on its extraordinary success.”

 The Da Vinci Code is a thrilling, page-turning adventure that we know older teenagers are already reading,” says Cullen. “We’re pleased that our abridged edition is going to enable more young adults to enjoy Dan Brown’s international bestseller, which is packed with fascinating historical content and a clever code-breaking mystery.”

 This fall also brings the movie release of Inferno, in theaters nationwide on October 28, 2016 and based on Brown’s novel published by Doubleday in 2013. 

This was announced last week with much disdain from the book community on twitter. An adult novel to be adapted for teens. This is ridiculous.

  1. It is condescending to YA readers
  2. It feels like an obvious marketing move to make money.

I watched the movie when it came out. I have the book, but I just never felt compelled to read it. I don’t think that means that when I was technically in the targeted demographic of YA readers that I could not read it. I think it is being over looked that teens are required to read Shakespeare and The Great Gatsby, among other things, in High School. Dan Brown is not difficult to read and I know many teens who have read The Da Vinci Code. I just find this insulting to teens. When will society stop assuming that teens are less than because of their age?

As for number 2, I get it. Publishing is a business. This is an obvious movie-tie in, but why not write a new book rather than dumbing down your old one for a new audience. This feels like a bad April Fool’s joke than an actual marketing strategy. 


danbrown1DAN BROWN
is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife and is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. Visit him at danbrown.com and follow him at @AuthorDanBrown on Twitter and on Facebook at Facebook.com/DanBrown.

 What do you think about this? I would love to know!

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