Dan Brown

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Dan Brown discusses Dante's "Inferno," explains why he puts everything in puzzle form and becomes the subject of an anagram. (5:24)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT

IS AN INTERNATIONALLY BEST

SELLING AUTHOR WHOSE LATEST

NOVEL IS INFERNO.

WHAT A COINCIDENCE, THAT'S

WHERE I PUT ALL MY BOOK.

PLEASE WELCOME DAN BROWN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

HEY, MR. BROWN, NICE TO MEET

YOU.

I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU SINCE YOU

AND I WERE MOST INFLUENTIAL

PEOPLE AT TIME 100, YOU

KNOW.

CONGRATS, YOU STILL

INFLUENTIAL?

>> DEEPLY.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE THE

ANGELS AND THE DEMONS AND

THE "DA VINCI CODE", 80

MILLION IN PRINT, RIGHT, THE

DA VINC AYE CODE.

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE LIKE THE

SECOND MOST POPULAR AUTHOR

NEXT TO GOD, I THINK.

AND LIKE THE GUINNESS BOOK.

>> GOD HAD 2,000 YEARS TO

SELL BOOKS, THOUGH.

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND.

AND YOU HAVE HAD A FEW YEARS

TO GO GUNNING FOR HIM.

>> NOT TRUE.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE YOUR NEW

BOOK IS CALLED INFERNO.

ALL RIGHT.

THIS ONE IS BASED ON DANTE'S

INFERNO.

>> THAT'S THE ONE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S THE ONE,

OKAY.

I HAVE READ DANTE'S INFERNO.

WILL I-- DO I KNOW THE END

OF THIS ONE?

DOES IT END WITH LIKE SATAN

IN A GIANT FROZEN LAKE

CHEWING ON BROUGHT

UTT-- BROUGHTUS, CASSIUS

AND-- .

>> YOU BRUNNED IT FOR

EVERYBODY.

SSES SPOILER ALERT, CLIMB UP

THE LADDER AND GET TO PURG

TORE.

SO ARE YOU GUNNING FOR MY

CHURCH IN THIS ONE TOO?

BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT A THING

FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, MY

FRIEND.

>> THAT IS NOT TRUE.

>> Stephen: IT IS TRUE.

I READ YOUR BOOK AND

EVERYTHING IN YOUR BOOK IS

FACT.

>> THAT IS TRUE.

AND YOU CAN SAYS CHURCH IS

THIS EVIL ORGANIZATION THAT

CRUSHES KNOWLEDGE.

>> THAT IS-- WHAT I SAY

ABOUT THE CHURCH IS THAT,

THE QUESTION I ASK IN THE

"DA VINCI CODE" IS WHAT DOES

IT MEAN FOR CHRISTIANITY IF

CHRIST WERE NOT LITERALLY

THE SON OF GOD.

>> Stephen: IT MEANS

EVERYTHING IS FALSE BECAUSE

THE CHURCH IS THE

RESURRECTION.

THAT'S WHAT THE MESSAGE IS,

HE WASN'T A SPART DUDE THERE

IS A LOT OF THOSE.

I'M SURE YOU ARE SMART.

JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD, MY

FRIEND, END OF STORY OR

RATHER BEGINNING, CHECKMATE.

>> OKAY,.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: DID I JUST WRITE

A BOOK, I THINK I JUST WROTE

A DAN BROWN NOVEL.

>> WELL DONE.

>> Stephen: NO, I LOVE YOUR

BOOKS.

I READ THEM ALL.

EVEN LIKE DECEPTION POINT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: AND THE DIGITAL

FORTRESS, I READ THEM ALL

BECAUSE I LOVE THE RAGE THEY

FILL ME WITH.

(LAUGHTER)

WHY DO YOU-- WHY DOW PUT

EVERYTHING IN PUZZLE FORM?

WHY IS EVERYTHING SUPPOSED

TO BE SOMETHING WE GOT TO

FIGURE OUT?

>> I LOVE PUZZLES.

MY DAD IS A BIG CODE GUY.

HE'S AN INTERNATIONALLY BEST

SELLING MATH TEXTBOOK

AUTHOR.

I GREW UP WITH CODES AND

SYMBOLS IN THE HOUSE.

WE HAD TREASURE HUNTS, ALL

KINDS OF CIPHERS AND I THINK

THEY ARE A LOT OF FUN.

>> Stephen: SO IT COMES TO

YOU NATURALLY.

>> YEAH, IT IS A BIT OF A

FIXATION.

>> Stephen: DOW LIKE

ANAGRAMS.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

WELL, YOU KNOW --

>> AM I GOING TO REGRET

SAYING I LIKE ANAGRAMS.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW, DAN

BROWN, THE NAME DAN BROWN IS

AN ANAGRAM W ALL YOUR

SUCCESS THE NAME DAN BROWN

IS A BRAND NOW.

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT I READ

YOUR BOOKS ON THE TOILET

WHILE I'M WORKING THE BRAN

DOWN.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: I THINK I JUST

WROTE ANOTHER DAN BROWN

NOVEL.

>> WELL DONE.

>> Stephen: NOW WHY SUCH A

COMPLICATED POEM TO BASE

THIS BOOK ON?

>> WELL, YOU KNOW, I HAD

WRITTEN A LOT ABOUT THE FINE

ARTS.

BUT I HAD NEVER WRITTEN

ABOUT THE LITERARY ARTS.

SO ON SOME LEVEL DANTE

CALLED IT TO ME AS SOMETHING

FRESH.

AND WHAT BETTER PIECE OF

LITERATURE THAN INFERNO TO

BASE A THRILLER ON.

IT WAS A THRILLER OF ITS

DAY.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU ARE A

HERETIC, SO-- IN YOUR BOOK

ARE THE HER HE PARTICULARS

TILL IN RED HOT IRON COFFINS

FOREVER?

>> THEY ARE, WHERE THEY

BELONG.

>> Stephen: OKAY, GOOD.

AND DID YOU WRITE THIS TO

FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH

WHERE YOU'LL BE WHEN YOU DIE?

>> NO, ACTUALLY.

I WROTE THIS TO-- .

>> Stephen: I'M NOT LETTING

YOU OFF.

>> YOU'RE NOT, OKAY.

I WROTE THIS WITH THE HOPE

THAT THE PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE

WHO LOVE THRILLER WAS COME

TO IT, BE INSPIRED TO EITHER

DISCOVER OR REDISCOVER ONE

OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF

LITERATURE EVER WRITTEN,

DANTES DIVINE COMEDY.

>> Stephen: I THOUGHT IT WAS

"DA VINCI CODE"-- I MEAN

IT'S GOOD, DON'T GET ME

WRONG, I ENJOYED IT.

BECAUSE YOU GET TO SEE

ROBERT LANGDON AGAIN IN THIS

ONE.

>> YOU DO.

>> Stephen: TOM HANKS IS IN

THIS ONE.

>> HE IS.

>> Stephen: I'M DEFINITELY

GOING TO READ THIS BOOK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: NO, I DON'T

THINK I HAVE EVER SAID THAT

TO A GUEST BEFORE.

BECAUSE I GENERALLY DON'T

READ ANY OF THE BOOKS THAT

THE GUESTS-- I'M NOT A BIG

READER.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY WE

HAVE AUTHORS ON.

WE SELL SO MANY BOOKS.

BUT YOU DON'T NEED MY HELP

TO SELL A BOOK.

YOU'RE DAN BROWN FOR CHRISTS

SAKE.

>> I APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP

I GET.

>> Stephen: WELL, YOU'RE

WELCOME.

DAN BROWN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING ME.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: DAN BROWN, THE

BOOK IS INFERNO.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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