I just finished Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol on audiobook. (Please don’t judge me. I drive a lot.) And I wanted to talk about the character of Trish–especially once I saw my own thoughts echoed on one of the Amazon reviews.
Spoilers for The Lost Symbol after the jump…
I totally immediately identified with the character of Trish, Katherine Solomon’s assistant, who was described as overweight, and “plump” and lots of other fat-related adjectives every time she was mentioned. (Brown did the same thing to the other secondary characters, referring to Warren Bellamy as African-American every chance he got, and to the security guard as “the female security guard” and the CIA agent as tiny and Japanese–we get it, Dan Brown.)
And then Trish is murdered by the bad guy, in a really unnecessarily vivid scene, since it’s told from her POV. And then the whole book continues and I keep waiting for somebody to care that Trish is dead, and nobody does! I mean gee Katherine, I’m glad your lab is safe, but how about spending a moment being sad about your DEAD ASSISTANT, who died because of your idiocy? “Sure, I’ll invite this total stranger into my top secret lab on the basis of a totally suspicious text message, and let my assistant go and show him around. That won’t go wrong at all. Also later in the book I will fall for the exact same ruse again, because I am a moron.”
It’s such a minor plot point in a book full of very dumb things. But it bothered me. Someone on Amazon (where the bad reviews are very entertaining) said something along the lines of, “Of course Trish is fat, so we know she’s going to die.” Is that true? Is being fat like wearing a red shirt? And is it just me or does the villain’s plan make absolutely no sense at all, since he could have gotten what he wanted at any time with no effort at all?
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