Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #7: Dr. Seuss VERSUS C.S. Lewis

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Jane Austen Vs. Dr. Seuss), with a final score of 23-21, was Dr. Seuss.

Thanks to all the fun rhymes, last week's compare was my favourite so far. It was great to see so many good sports. What a close race- and a shocker of an outcome, too! I don't know who I'll miss more: Jane or her legions of followers. For what it's worth Janeites, you're welcome back at any time. My hit counter appreciated the business (as did I).

Alas, it is time to move on to this week's compare.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (July 31st), and please spread the word!

Who's better?






36 comments:

Poodlerat said...

First comment? Woohoo!

Dr. Seuss, without a doubt! One fish two fish red fish blue fish was one of the first favourite books I had. C.S. Lewis does nothing for me.

Lady Jane said...

C.S. Lewis! He does more for one's soul than Dr. Seuss could imagine (no offense to the great Dr. Seuss!).

Rob Hardy said...

In these days of a deteriorating global environment, we need the Lorax more than we need Aslan. We need large elephants who listen to the voices of the tiniest Whos. We need to join together in a circle and expand a few more Grinch-like hearts with our singing. I respectfully disagree with Lady Jane. Dr. Seuss speaks simply and directly to the heart, and he has my vote.

3M said...

C.S. Lewis a million times over!

Elizabeth said...

Jane! Jane! Jane! (Had to get that out one more time.)

Have to go with Lewis. Love Seuss, but still have to go with Lewis.

Christina said...

I respectfully disagree with mr. hardy...there is more to Aslan than a fictional character, and more to C.S. Lewis than children's fairy tales. We need what he represents now more than ever.

Although I too love Dr. Seuss, my vote is C.S. Lewis all the way - one of my favourite authors of all times.

kookiejar said...

Wow, Rob Hardy will you marry me? Oh, that's right I'm taken...will you marry my sister?

Seuss me, John. Still going with the good doctor. Lewis was too preachy.

Nicole said...

You don't like easy choices, do you?

This is the most difficult choice yet, by the way!

The Lorax or Aslan?
Mulberry Street or Narnia?
Delightful poetry or inspiring prose?

Lewis, Seuss, I love you both! If given the choice of reading only one of your works, I would try to find a way to read both. Even if it meant reciting one in my head while I read the other!

Still, I must choose, and I choose (Please forgive me, Dr. Seuss. Had this compare been on another week, it might have been different! My decision is completely dependent on my mood because of the greatness of both), but I choose, C. S. Lewis!

And Christina, you are absolutely right. "We do need what he represents now more than ever."

Wendy said...

I choose Seuss again!

cj said...

This is indeed a difficult choice but I've got to go with CS Lewis. His tales were grand and inspiring and made you think.

Dr. Seuss brings younger kids to reading. CS Lewis is an excellent next step in the chain of developing a thoughtful reader.

Good job, John.

cjh

Dewey said...

I am so disappointed that Jane lost that I can hardly vote!

But I guess I pick Dr Seuss even though that bastard pwned Jane!

I do love Lewis, too, though.

Chris said...

Wow, what a close one! Jane had a good run.

I have to go with Dr Seuss. The kid has quite a few of his books, thanks to a terrific yardsale last year.

Gentle Reader said...

Well, I still think Jane should have won last time, and it was pretty close--but I'm sort of glad to have her out of the hot seat.

This is actually a much tougher compare for me. Dr. Seuss is so important because he gets the littlest readers going, but my youthful experience of C.S. Lewis was pretty profound, and he was one of the first authors that made me really think. I'm going to have to go with Lewis, though I think it's almost too close to call for me.

Gracie said...

I really cannot believe Jane lost - and that we're comparing Dr. Seuss and C.S. Lewis.
In my personal little world, Jane won and I'm quite content.
Now that you know I have reality issues, I hope you will not discount my vote for C.S. Lewis. We need people with his vision, his intellect, his humanity.

Stephanie said...

Sorry, but I gotta stick with the Dr. again this week!! I just think he is such an inspiration. C.S. Lewis might not appeal to everyone, but ALL love Dr. Suess!!

John Mutford said...

To all the disappointed Jane fans, remember that time heals all wounds. Or was that iodine? I can never keep that straight.

And hey, you gotta love the first marriage proposal on the Book Mine Set- even if is was on behalf on Kookiejar's unsuspecting sister.

MyUtopia said...

Seuss for sure

Rebecca said...

Finally! Real choice!

I think I'm going to go with Seuss, who was much more relevant to children. I like Lewis, except he's a bit too earnest and takes himself a little too seriously at times.

Literary Feline said...

C.S. Lewis all the way!

Allison said...

Bah! I've been sicked and almost missed this weeks Compare :)

CS Lewis gets my vote. I'm actually reading Out of Silent Planet at the moment.

John Mutford said...

Allison: Sorry to hear you're feeling sick. Hope it doesn't last.

Neat that you're reading a C.S. Lewis now!

Siew said...

It's got to be Lewis for me. Although I did appreciate Seuss, it's been many long years since I last picked up one his works; Lewis is always hovering in the background of my life. Religious connotations aside, he just writes a darn good yarn!

Rob Hardy said...

Dear KookieJar,
I’m taken, too,
And cannot wed
Your sis or you.

Dear John Mutford,
Blast and darn ya’,
You’ve set up Seuss
To lose to Narnia.

stefanie said...

I know it's Thursday but I'm still bitter about Jane losing to Seuss. Between Seuss and Lewis, I think Lewis gets my vote.

Imani said...

Seuss for sure. He knows how to write a story. Lewis' morals pretty much strangled most of the Narnia stories IMO.

kookiejar said...

Well, darn it, Rob Hardy. I've heard all the good ones are taken. Guess I'll have to keep hunting for a brother-in-law (or an additional husband...depending). :)

Gentle Reader said...

Hope you don't mind but I'm going completely off topic here and tagging you with the Blogging Tips Meme. Check it out on my blog. No worries if you can't play :)

John Mutford said...

Gentle Reader: I responded to your tag here. And I should add that as part of a "blogging tip" meme, one of the more popular suggestions is to respond to comments on one's blog. Normally I try to do that, but in the case of these compares, I don't always. For the most part, I try to stay out of the debates/ voting and simply enjoy reading the responses of others. Ocassionally, I jump in (like right now) but I hope no one takes it personally if I don't reply to each vote.

Bybee said...

Screwtape is the only thing I liked by Lewis, but I liked it a lot. Still, I'm going with Dr. Seuss.

Nicole said...

Allison, just wait until you get to Perelandra. It is one of my favorite books of all time. Definitely in my top ten. I quote it constantly!

raidergirl3 said...

I'm going with Seuss. I only read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time last year, and it was good. But the Seuss memories,[must Grinch every Christmas - the cartoon] are too great.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Dr Suess. The man had a way with words.

:: Suzanne :: said...

Lewis

Carrie K said...

If only time wounded all heels. I think that's Dorothy Parker.

Despite Dr Seuss unbelievably trumping Jane (recount! recount!) I pick Dr Seuss this time around.

Ms. Place said...

C. S. Lewis if you please.

Gnash of teeth in background for Jane's demise.

John Mutford said...

The tie-breaking vote falls to me and that is for...Dr. Seuss.

Voting is now closed.