Dan Brown’s international bestselling thriller The Da Vinci Code will be adapted into an abridged novel for Young Adults.
It was over a decade ago that readers were introduced to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the second book based on fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdom. The book was adapted for film which starred Tom Hanks and was directed by Ron Howard. So, it’s no surprise, given the huge popularity of YA-labeled books, that Penguin Random House has decided to update the collection to include a YA version. Read the official announcement:
New York and London (May 18, 2016)—The Random House US and Penguin Random House UK children’s divisions of Penguin Random House will jointly publish a young adult adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code this fall. The acquisition was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (US), and Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK, who obtained World English rights from Heide Lange of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
In the US, the Delacorte Press imprint of Random House Children’s Books will release The Da Vinci Code (Young Adult Adaptation) in hardcover and ebook on September 13, 2016. In the UK, the Penguin imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s will release The Da Vinci Code (Abridged) in paperback and ebook on September 8, 2016. Beverly Horowitz, SVP & Publisher, Delacorte Press, and Shannon Cullen, Publishing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK are overseeing the editorial process.
My parents were educators, and so it’s no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research,” says Brown. “In fact, if I weren’t an author, I’m sure I would be a teacher myself. It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in.”
Since its publication in 2003, The Da Vinci Code has become a global publishing success story, selling 82 million copies worldwide. The young adult adaptations will have new cover designs and will introduce a new generation of readers to Dan Brown’s well-known characters, among them professor and famed symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptographer Sophie Neveu. Abridged in length while maintaining Brown’s original plot that was hailed by the New York Times as “blockbuster perfection,” readers will experience the thrilling, lightning-paced journey from Paris to London that reveals the unraveling of the greatest conspiracy of the past two thousand years.
“It is incredibly exciting for us to bring The Da Vinci Code to our young adult market in the US, and to introduce young people to Dan Brown’s masterful storytelling, and his brilliant ability to bring history to life on the page,” says Marcus. “We are delighted to work with our colleagues here at Doubleday to further expand the reach of this special book, and build on its extraordinary success.”
“The Da Vinci Code is a thrilling, page-turning adventure that we know older teenagers are already reading,” says Cullen. “We’re pleased that our abridged edition is going to enable more young adults to enjoy Dan Brown’s international bestseller, which is packed with fascinating historical content and a clever code-breaking mystery.”
In the US, the Listening Library imprint of Penguin Random House will simultaneously publish an audiobook edition, available on CD and as a digital download.
This fall also brings the movie release of Inferno, in theaters nationwide on October 28, 2016 and based on Brown’s novel published by Doubleday in 2013.
DAN BROWN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife and is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. Visit him at danbrown.com and follow him at @AuthorDanBrown on Twitter and on Facebook at Facebook.com/DanBrown.
No doubt there will be some criticism from both adults and teens about the need to do such a thing as to abridge an already well-known and well-loved novel. There’s even the idea of it being “dumbed-down,” an offensive and illogical term for YA boks. If I may argue that point, there are many books that have been abridged for one reason or another and never was it considered “dumbed-down” for readers. The fact that it would now have a label of ‘YA’ seems to mean for many adults that YA novels are, in fact, dumbed-down. Unfortunately, that argument has been going in cycles for quite some time and I don’t wish to belabor the point of that not being so. I only want to say that I’m curious as to how it will sell, or if it will just cause sales in the original version to go up. Either way, if this gets the young adults/teens to read more, I have no qualms about it being adapted for them.
Most likely, depending on the sales of the YA adapted version of The Da Vinci Code, expect to see his other books from the series getting adapted as well.
The Da Vinci Code (YA edtion) will arrive in bookstores on September 13, 2016 and will be available in hardcover and ebook versions. The UK abridged edition will arrive a few days earlier on September 8, 2016.