|WikiProject Philosophy||(Rated Stub-class, Mid-importance)|
|WikiProject Literature||(Rated Stub-class, Low-importance)|
what is a literary merits?
I wouldn't consider The Da Vinci Code to be the best example of something that doesn't have literary merit because its not very clear why. I am assuming it' more of a butt hurt thing for the Christians than anything else. Considering most people would have seen the movie but not read the book they wouldn't understand why it can not be considered for literary merit, even worse if they've only seen the south park episode they would assume it was for the fact that The Da Vinci Code is a fictional work.
The Da Vinci Code does have at least some arguable amount of literary merit. A common characteristic of literary merit (at least in fiction) seems to be some kind of deep-level character development, usually in some way that propagates the overall plot. An example of this characteristic is obvious in Huckleberry Finn's epiphany in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Relative to this, the book Twlight by Stephanie Meyer does not have any considerable amount of literary merit since the overall plot is loosely defined and there is little to no actual character or plot development (more-like a series of loosely related events that eventually lead to a vague climax).
This is subjective, yes?