Dan Brown's writing a YA version of The Da Vinci Code and no one's really sure why

It's a bit patronising, no?

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Dan Brown's writing a YA version of The Da Vinci Code and no one's really sure why
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Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is nearly always on those lists of books that you're supposed to read before you die, or at least that you're supposed to read around the pool during your summer hols. It was a PHENOMENON when it first came out back in 2003.

But in some really quite strange news, the author has announced today that he'll be releasing a YA version of his novel - y'know, just in case the proper, grown up version for your parents was a bit too complicated or tricky for you to read yourself. Grrrrr.

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No one really seems to know why Dan Brown's decided that The Da Vinci Code needs a to be re-published in a teen-friendly "YA version", but Penguin Random House announced on Wednesday that an abridged version of The Da Vinci Code for teenage audiences is on the way. 

But rather than getting excited about the news, most young people have just been asking the very valid question of: Why can't we just read the original?

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We're not too sure what exactly will be different between the new version and the old. Less sex scenes? Err, there's quite a lot of them in YA already. Less violence? We're pretty sure there wasn't any? Remove the religion? Ummm, well then there'd be no story.

Not only are readers kinda pissed off and insulted by the news, but they also reckon it's pretty offensive to YA authors and the genre in general, by making it seem as though novels aimed at teens have to be 'dumbed down' in one way or another.

 You only have to hit Twitter to pick up the general reaction to Dan's idea.

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Hmmm, awkward.

What do you think to this idea? Have you already read The Da Vinci Code and understood every word? Let us know what you reckon to all of this with a tweet to @Sugarscape, don't forget to add us on Facebook, and don't forget to check out the bonus vid below.

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