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Dan Brown dissed by Jodi Picoult

In the latest episode of Authors Behaving Badly, Jodi Picoult calls Dan Brown's immensely popular Da Vinci Code "an error in judgment." According to the British press reports, she said, "I don't understand the hype over such a poorly written novel - and as an author who does all her own research, I know better than to consider myself an expert in the field I am writing about. I believe this was an error in judgment for this particular author."

The reports note that Brown has heard harsh words before -- in 2005 Salman Rushdie called DVC "a novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad name." But I doubt Brown would have heard that over the sound of cash registers ringing up DVC sales.

Picoult's criticism isn't likely to kick up the sort of storm that hit when Stephen King called out Stephenie Meyer, saying she "can't write worth a darn." And it's not likely to slow publicity for Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol, which is scheduled for release in mid-September. Still, it's entertaining.

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(While we're on the topic of Picoult, I recently saw the preview for the movie adaption of My Sister's Keeper. I think half the sudience was in tears.)

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