YMMV: The Da Vinci Code

  • Author's Saving Throw: See Narm below. In the movie adaptation, Langdon has an entire speech where he remembers a near-death experience from his childhood, and seems convinced that he survived because he prayed to Jesus to keep him alive. Since the speech wasn't in the book, it may have been added to placate Christian viewers who were upset that the story questioned Jesus' divinity. Note that Langdon definitely isn't a hardline atheist in the books, but he's rather ambivalent about religion, and he claims that he's had no genuine religious experiences.
  • Deader Than Disco: The book, and by extension Dan Brown's whole career, had a good run based purely on the controversy it stirred up from religious types. But this has now long since petered out and you're much more likely to see it talked about as a terribly written mess that doesn't know anything about the history it purports to educate us on.
  • Ho Yay: Silas and Aringarosa. Fache and Collet. The first seems to go both ways. The second is more of a case of Collet sorta worshiping Fache and Fache, at first, thinking him not-so-great. The book and film go about it differently, but at the end of each, Fache's opinion of Collet has somewhat improved.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Silas may be violent and somewhat unstable, but he's had a really shitty life. By the time he repents, he dies not long after.
  • Marty Stu: Robert Langdon may be this.
  • Narm: Towards the end of the movie version, Langdon has a speech where he recalls nearly drowning in a well as a child, and praying to Jesus to keep him alive ("Sometimes I wonder if I wasn't alone down there!"). It's not necessarily badly written, but it has basically no relation to any other theological topic that comes up in the movie, and it was pretty obviously stuck in to deflect claims that the original book had an atheist message. "Oh, Christians are angry that the story questions Jesus' divinity? Well, we better shoehorn in a speech where the hero claims that prayer saved his life..."
  • Older Than They Think: The idea of an American man and a French woman uncovering a conspiracy involving the Knights Templar and its modern day secret society in Europe was first implemented in Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Game Of The Movie was a combination beat-em-up / puzzle game with a laughably Narmtastic script.
  • What Cliffhanger?: The book had a One-Paragraph Chapter in which Robert Langdon and his date see a thing inside a box. Whatever the grail was, it wasn't that thing (the thing turned out to be a cryptex, i.e., a tube that had a puzzle to be solved for it to open). In fact, done frequently in anything written by Dan Brown. It's pretty much the end of every chapter.