It’s The End of the World, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

February 27th, 2006 · 4 Comments
by Booksquare

That thud you just heard was our head hitting a wooden desk. Hard. And, yes, it hurt. We’ve long suspected that the world as we know is coming to an end. We simply didn’t realize it would happen this week. And here we went and wasted the weekend on accomplishments.

Nothing less than the future of Western literature is at stake in the High Court tomorrow [today, actually]. Or so the publisher of The Da Vinci Code, the money-spinning blockbuster by Dan Brown, is expected to argue in a ground-breaking trial.

Yes, kids, coming to a scandal near you: the Holy Blood, Holy Grail versus The Da Vinci Code case. And you though last week’s episode of Battlestar Galactica was a mind-twister. Our favorite aspect of this story (and if you haven’t read Holy Blood, well, really, what kind of conspiracy theorist are you?) comes toward the end of the article:

‘In a sense they’re admitting their work has elements of fiction to it. If it was pure history, how could they copyright history? When historians discover something they can’t copyright it.’

File Under: Square Pegs

4 responses so far ↓

  • SusanGable // Feb 28, 2006 at 9:27 am

    I sure hope you weren’t mocking Battlestar. I am a big fan. Was wary at first, mad that they made Starbuck a GIRL, for crying out loud, but I have to say, it works. Love it. Great writing, new twists, interesting, thought-provoking ideas. No Battlestar bashing allowed. (g)

    As to this lawsuit, sheesh. It’s like winning the lottery — everyone crawls out of the woodwork and wants a piece of the prize. If I write a novel and I base it in part on something I gleaned from a research book, a “fact,” if you will, then that is NOT plagerizing!

    Also, ideas of any kind are NOT copyrightable. Therefore, they have no claim. Case dismissed. (See how easy that was? (g))

  • kirkb // Feb 28, 2006 at 9:31 am

    So when does Robert Anton Wilson get to sue everyone involved?

  • Booksquare // Feb 28, 2006 at 9:44 am

    Hey, I thought you read all of the BS policies and procedures before signing on in December? In large, bold type, it says:

    We will not mock Battlestar Galatica. Ever. Though sometimes we might make fun of Apollo, just out of principle.

    Go back. Check. It’s in the manual.

    Yes, RAW should be raking it in about now.

  • SusanGable // Feb 28, 2006 at 10:54 am

    We have policies and procedures? Who knew? (shrug) Sorry, the computer ate that memo. (g)

    But I like that one. That’s a good one. I knew I liked it here for a reason. lol. Apollo bashing, well…all right. In small doses. Because the writers sure like to bash him, too. How many times has he been injured this season?