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Friday, July 12, 2013

Fiction and Research

I am reading Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno, and am totally engrossed in the story. If you have never read one of his books - The Davinci Code, Angels and Demons, or The Lost Symbol - I highly recommend them. He takes real world places and writes mysteries around them. Yes... I know they are fiction, but do you know what I REALLY love about them? They make me curious.
I spend A LOT of time on Wikipedia, Google, etc. looking up the people, places and things he writes about. I become fascinated with the real people from history and do a lot of reaseach on them. I learn so much and enjoy it. I was never a history buff in high school, but as I've gotten older I find myself wanting to know more and more.
What I love about the research is I keep branching off into other topics. I started research Dante (the focus on Inferno) and had NO idea he loved a woman named Beatrice since the age of 9 and was denied the ability to marry her. SOOO, I researched Beatrice. Which had a painting of her... which led to the research of the artist... and on and on and on.
Now I am researching St. Marks Cathedral in Venice. Beautiful and so full of wonder.
Off to read some more and see what is next.


a/k/a Nadine said...

I love his books and can't wait to read Inferno. Glad to hear you're enjoying it!

(Btw, hello again after many years, LOL.)

Marni said...

I've missed you Nadine! Thanks for stopping by... and you are back on my daily reads! YAY!!!