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Dan Brown

Is it a safe bet that the title is supposed to be a reference to The Da Vinci Code? —Scott (talk) 02:11, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

Not necessarily. There's quite a few self-help books, especially from the last two years, with "Code" in the title: The People Code, The Emotion Code, and due out next month, another book by a fictional character: Barney Stinson presents The Bro Code. So I'd say we need something more specific before assuming it's a reference, given the nature of the book. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 03:15, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Huh..... I always thought books like those were references to The Da Vinci Code too. -- Wendy (talk) 03:51, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
I think it's possible that those are all references to Dan Brown's mammoth hit. —Scott (talk) 03:57, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Provably not in most cases and very unlikely in the rest (again, we're dealing with self-help books, not fictional thrillers or even the books about conspiracy theories which, before and after Brown, often use "Code" in the title and which Brown's book seems to tweak). There are a fare few which predate the Dan Brown book and they all (or most anyway) deal with "code" as in guidelines for living or personal creed, not "cipher to unlocking hidden treasure" or what have you (a 2001 book which bears the closest resemblence, The Girl Code, plays with both meanings, revealing the "secret language" of single women while offering advice on shopping, sex, et. al), and here it follows Piggy's Guide to Life and Rules. Plus by now, five years after the book and more than two years after the movie, I think it needs something more specific than the word "Code" and five shared letters to peg it as a reference and not something the publishers thought sounded hip when applied to Piggy dishing on men, err, frogs. I'd feel differently if it were an adventure or mystery spoof or something, but it isn't. It reminds me of the earlier discussion here, when it was argued that any use of "The Great Blank Caper" was automatically a reference to the Muppet movie. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 04:06, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, you're probably right. —Scott (talk) 04:39, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

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