"Upon seeing The Da Vinci Code this weekend, I can finally empathize with all the protesters I saw in front of the theater. My objection to the movie isn’t rooted in religious beliefs or even moral disagreements, but rather the disrespectful mockery of the world’s oldest and most famous story. Star Wars is both a literary and cinematic treasure, and Dan Brown’s recent atrocity is nothing more than blatant plagiarism of Lucas’ timeless creation.
The likeness goes far past incidental similarities and can be more aptly described as a rip-off. For starters, look at the characters. The Da Vinci Code features a faceless antagonist referred to as “teacher,” much like the part of the emperor in Star Wars. This 'teacher' controls the actions of the Bishop Aringarosa (Darth Vader) as well as Silas (Darth Maul); both of which are sith-like pawns in his ultimate plan to find the Holy Grail.