I admit about 3 years ago in Barbourville, Kentucky, I secretly went to the Wal-mart in my veiled sunglasses and costume to purchase the Dan Brown Best Seller, Da Vinci Code. It's True. It was quite the page turner. Plus, as having a very limited Art History and a personal love for Leonardo (not the city he was from, retarded name 'Da Vinci', ((trns. From Vinci)), I found the book super appealing.
A couple years later, as I was wasting valuable time (15 months) down in Baghdad, I also picked up Brown's, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, and Digital Fortress. Interesting reads. Out of those, Angels and Demons atleast kept my interest. And of course, right now, I am finishing up 'The Lost Symbol'.
Here's my take on good ole, Dan Brown. Great Fiction. Everyone enjoys a 'hidden' conspiracy theory, especially when you throw the church into it. Everyone loves the 'Matrix' idea that the world we exist in is simply an illusion, and the real world is hidden behind a cloud of knowledge that only an elite group have tucked away in hidden books and symbols. Great Fiction.
Why is it so appealing? I think we all want to believe that this world is not it. We want fantasy. We don't want to be content. We desire an answer to our lives and the corruption that we see, but don't want to give a Biblical answer to it. I encourage Escapism in my counseling, as a means (within moderation) to relax for a second. Yet, I do believe that indulging in anything my cause us to enjoy the reality that we live in, thus causing us to envy or covet a another life.
The life we live is quite glorious. God's creation has more mystery and glory than authors could ever pen. Take the time to look up from your novel or computer screen and see the glory of the created order in which you exist.