"The Da Vinci Code" Adapted for a New Audience of Young Readers

Updated on September 19, 2016
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Great Page-Turner in Adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" for the YA Audience

Young readers from the age of 12 and up are in for a great read with Dan Brown's new adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code". The new adaptation keeps the same mystery and historical content that the original book has with all the excitement of the cities of Paris and London. Young readers will be introduced to the same characters from the original book.

The character Robert Langdon goes to Paris to give a lecture. A meeting with the curator of the Louvre is on Langdon's agenda, but the meeting never occurs. The curator is murdered and the killer has left behind a set of codes that Langdon must decipher. Langdon is caught up in this new adventure as a suspect in the curator's murder. He is forced to run and a collaboration with the French cryptologist is set up to decipher the new codes. The intrigue continues with the readers wondering if they will solve the codes in order to save their own lives and follow up on the ancient truth established in the original book.

Brown's adaptation is written in easy to read language for the younger readers. The chapters are short to appeal to younger readers. The YA audience will also enjoy the historical element of "The Da Vinci Code" with beautiful photos in an 8-page insert of many pieces of the puzzle that the codes include. Young readers are also given the opportunity to explore the exciting cities of Paris and London as the characters travel to these cities.

Brown includes an introduction in which he explains his fascination with secret codes. His parents introduced him to his first code at Christmas when he was ten years old. They left a coded message by the tree for him to solve. He writes that readers are free to believe or to not believe the mysteries behind "The Da Vinci Code".

The Mysteries of the "Da Vinci Code" for a New Younger Audience

Adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" for ages 12 and up
Adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" for ages 12 and up | Source
Photo of the Louvre and special medallions
Photo of the Louvre and special medallions | Source
Photos from the 8-page photo insert in adapted "The Da Vinci Code"
Photos from the 8-page photo insert in adapted "The Da Vinci Code" | Source
Photo from 8-page photo insert Rosslyn Chapel
Photo from 8-page photo insert Rosslyn Chapel | Source

Get Acquainted with Author Dan Brown

Dan Brown is the author of the New York Times bestselling "The Da Vinci Code", the original book. He is excited to present an adaptation for readers from the age of 12 and up to introduce younger readers to the mysteries from the original book. There are differences between the two versions.

Brown learned about the mysteries that are hidden in Da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa while studying art history at the University of Seville in Spain. He had the opportunity to visit the painting in the Louvre and was intrigued with the secrets before writing his original book.

Brown stated in an interview from Random House that he wrote his adaptation for younger readers because some readers are not ready for the more mature events in the original book and he wanted to write a shorter version . "The YA adaption is an attempt to create for teens an age-appropriate edition by trimming the length, softening the violence, and clarifying some of the historical context."

History is a definite part of both versions of "The Da Vinci Code". Brown states in his interview with Random house that "for him, the single most compelling aspect of history is that it is not always as accurate as we might believe." He enjoys investigating hidden historical documents to learn about different viewpoints. This concept is a large part of both versions of "The Da Vinci Code". He writes in the introduction to his adapted version that readers are free to believe or not to believe.

He is proud of his treasure hunt that he created in his adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" for the younger readers. "Real locations, real art, and actual secret documents" are all part of his clues in the treasure hunt. His favorite scene in his adapted version is the scene in which Langdon and Sophie escape from the Louvre. He states in his interview that the most difficult scene to write was the scene where "all the secrets are revealed".

Brown is currently working on another thriller in which the character Langdon will appear.

Author Dan Brown

A few details from his interview with Random House
A few details from his interview with Random House | Source

YA Readers and Their Interest in Mysteries

Young teens and adults love mysteries in that these kinds of stories offer safe adventures. They have the opportunity to visit intriguing locations. Mysteries offer an escape for this audience. Puzzles to solve and clues are also of interest. This adapted version of "The Da Vinci Code" contains all of these characteristics. This book also offers the YA audience the opportunity to cope with the concept of religion and the beliefs of all faiths. The concept of truth vs myths can be explored. The story also offers questions for young readers to try to answer.

Some Clues in an Included Photo from "The Da Vinci Code"

Clues for the mystery
Clues for the mystery | Source

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