Decoding the Decoded


Am I the only one who’s noticed the proliferation of “Code” and “Decoded” books since 1997, particularly during the past five years?

It seems that everything has a code these days just waiting for the right person to come along and “decode” it. Well, it seems there has been no lack of authors hanging around the wishing well in order to do just that.

After all, everyone loves a mystery. And to be able to find someone who has taken the time to decode that mystery, well, that’s just pudding in the paunch.

Having “Code” or “Decoded” in a book’s title also seems the best way to have a successful book, providing the content backs it up. Take “The Bible Code”, for example. It’s been so successful that it’s already spawned two more “Bible Code” books by author, Michael Drosnin.

Whether any of it is true or not, the first volume ate up the New York Times Best Seller List for 13 weeks. That’s hardly chump change. It has been published in at least nine countries.

And “Code” books are not limited to non-fiction. There’s probably no one in the communicable world who hasn’t heard of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. Brown tends to weave in fact with fiction in his books, although sometimes it’s difficult to tell which are facts and which is fiction.

The subjects of “Code” and “Decoded” vary from real “Code” and “Decoded” books, such as those dealing with electrical codes, for instance, to just about everything one can imagine.

Below is a sample of some of the more recent “Code” and “Decoded” books I found for your enjoyment on amazon.com. They are in no particular order, except the order I came across them when searching Amazon.

  1. “Tarot Decoded: Understanding and Using Dignities and Correspondances”, by Elizabeth Hazel (May 2004) — Paranormal
  2. “The Cave and the Cathedral: How a Real-Life Indiana Jones and a Renegade Scholar Decoded the Ancient Art of Man”, by Amir D. Aczel (July 20, 2009) — Anthropology and/or Archeology
  3. “Casas Grandes Pre-Columbian Pottery Decoded: Of Gods and Myths”, by Ernest H. Christman (June 2002) — Anthropology and/or Archeology
  4. “Shajara Code, Decoded: Written by an Arab, Edited by a Jew, Proving the Darwinian Theory from the Qur’an and the Bible”, by Imad Hassan (Sep. 6, 2007) — Mythology
  5. “Bible Encoded Crop Circle Gods: The Bible and Crop Circles are Decoded to Reveal Their Common Source. Four Alien Mysteries Explained—Origin of UFOs, Mars Structures, Crop Circles, and the Torah’s Text”, by Steve Canada (Jun 5, 2006) — Paranormal
  6. “Seven Spiritual Strategies—How the Enlightenment Code Can Change Your Life”, by Sri Vishwanath (Jan 30, 2012) — Spirituality, as distinguished from religious
  7. “72-Hours to Crack the Universe’s Code (The Silent Prophet Series)”, by Mark O’Brien (Jan 26, 2012) — Novel
  8. “The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, or Relationship Issue”, by Alex Loyd and Ben Johnson (Feb 9, 2011) — Sounds like some sort of energy healing (519 customer reviews on amazon.com)
  9. “Code Breaker”, by K Lenart (Jan 1, 2011) — game
  10. “The Bro Code”, by Barney Stinson, Matt Kuhn and Neil Patrick Harris (Oct 14, 2008) — Humor, including sexual
  11. “The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How”, by Daniel Coyle (Apr 28, 2009) — Growing talent
  12. “The Da Vinci Code”, by Dan Brown and Di Archer (Mar 31, 2009) — Novel
  13. “The Manly Man Code”, by Donovan Galway (Apr 15, 2009) — Humorous look at the Alpha Male(?)
  14. “The Emotion Code”, by Dr. Bradley Nelson (May 17, 2007) — Eliminating emotional blocks
  15. “The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature (Dover Books on Physics) by Heinz R. Pagels (Mar 15, 2012) — Quantum physics (mechanics) as of 1982)
  16. “The Healing Codes: Underlying Principles”, by Dr. Jerry Graham (July 8, 2011) — Similar to “The Healing Code” above
  17. “The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do”, by Clotaire Rapaille (July 17, 2007) — Self-explanatory
  18. “The People Code: It’s All About Your Innate Motive”, by Taylor Hartman (Sept. 18, 2007) — Psychology
  19. “Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking”, by Michael Ruhlman (Sep 7, 2010) — Self-explanatory
  20. “The Bible Code”, by Michael Drosnin (Apr 7, 1998) times three

Plus more than a half dozen other “Bible Code” books by different authors, who undoubtedly found numerous other codes in the Bible or played off of Drosnin’s books.

So, my advice to you if you want to write a successful book, particularly a non-fiction book, include in your title the word “Code” or “Decoded”. But then, make sure your content lives up to the title.

One book in particular, number 2 above, according to most of the reviews at Amazon, did not live up to its title, having neither a “Real-Life Indiana Jones” nor “a Renegade Scholar” anywhere within the covers of the book.

Of course, “Code” and “Decoded” books aren’t the only way for authors to go these days, but it’s certainly worth looking into. It’s hard to argue with success.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sonsothunder
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 19:31:22

    Speaking of 5 years ago.
    Solar Storm Tomorrow:
    Worst in 5 years
    http://sonsothunder.wordpress.com/2012/…/sunrise-may-turn-out-the-lights…

    Reply

    • Cris
      Mar 07, 2012 @ 20:13:17

      Thanks. I’ve checked it out and from what I’ve heard, it’s supposed to be an X1 flare, a long way from the really, really damaging X6 or higher flares.

      Reply

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