Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #13- John Irving VERSUS J. D. Salinger

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (John Irving Vs. Ian McEwan), with a final score of 10-4, was John Irving.

First order of business: I initially began these comparisons as a fun summer activity, and I have really enjoyed hosting them. However, I have noticed that the numbers have dwindled. I realize that I'm unlikely to ever match the success of the Jane Austen challenges in terms of numbers, and while I'm fine with that, I also don't want to wear out this idea. So, as you cast your vote this week, please let me know (honestly) if these are something you'd like to see continued year round or simply as a summer project.

Next: Despite Bybee's early prediction that McEwan would win, John Irving won hands down. Still, Atonement remains on my TBR list.

This week, I'm putting Mr. Popularity up against The Recluse...

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. (September 11th), and please spread the word!

Who's better? (They have similar eyes don't you think?)

21 comments:

Bybee said...

I will make no more predictions again forever!

Dang, this one's difficult: The creator of Garp against the creator of Holden Caulfield. After some thought (about 5 minutes), I decided to go with J.D. Salinger. I like Garp, but it was a bit of a slog when the action would stop and we'd have to slog through Garp's literary efforts. Points to Salinger for a more streamlined novel.

Bybee said...

Oooops, forgot: I really like The Great Wednesday Compare. My preference is that you should keep 'em coming.

Rob Hardy said...

I like The Great Wednesday Compare, but if John Irving keeps winning, I'm going to lose my will to live. Can i buy two dozen votes for Salinger, just to be safe?

david elzey said...

Personally I like the idea of the summer-only compare because then it doesn't get tired down the road.

As for this week, well, I think Salinger is overrated but I'd hate to go out on an Irving win, so Salinger by decision.

Wendy said...

That is a really scary photo of Irving! But, despite that, I vote for him again this week :)

I discovered your Great Compare relatively late, so I'm still having fun with it and would love if you continued !!

BookGal said...

I'm enjoying the compare ... let us know what you decide. This week's is tough. Irving is more profilic but I think Salinger is the better writer so I vote Salinger. Maybe Rob won't need to get roses.

Stephanie said...

Don't stop John!! I love them. However, I've abstained the last few weeks because I haven't read anything by Irving!!

That being said, J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye is one of my all-time favorites.

kookiejar said...

John, you know I'm into the Compare, but you'll run out of worthy candidates I think, if you let it go year round. I say stop here, and let us build anticipation for next year.

And, even though I'd hate for Rob to commit harikari over this....I vote for Irving.

allison said...

I vote to keep them going too. If I don't vote that week it means I haven't read anything from the author, as I'm sure is the case with others too.

I pick Salinger...but haven't read any Irving, so.

Chris said...

What Allison said!

Dewey said...

I vote for Irving. He has a larger, life-long body of work going on. Plus he's a wrestler, a REAL one, not some crazy TV performer type, and you have to give him points for that. However, I am willing to sell my vote to Rob for $1014.72.

I really enjoy these, and I'd like to see them keep going year round, but if you decide they should be a summer thing only, I hope you'll at least make it an annual summer thing!

poodlerat said...

I love the GWC, but I haven't been able to participate in the past month or so because I haven't read any of the authors.

Sadly, this week is no different.

Whether you keep it up through the year or close it down until next summer, I've enjoyed all the compares so far---thanks!

John Mutford said...

Well, I think I've decided that for now I'll keep doing these. Thanks for all the input. For those of you worried about me running it into the ground or finding a shortage of worthy competitors, you have my permission to hunt me down the day I ask you to choose between Clay Aiken and David Hasselhoff.

Sam Houston said...

I'm voting for John Irving again, John. I think that Salinger is a great writer but I always seem to prefer writers that leave behind a large number of good books and Irving has him beat there already.

I enjoy these author matches and look forward to them every week. Perhaps at some point you can match up some of the bigger winners against each other just to make it even more interesting...sort of a playoffs atmosphere. :-)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is a tough compare. I like both authors, but have read about 700 more Irving books than I have Salinger books, so John Irving it is.

I really like these compares and will keep playing them until you run out of authors and have to start pitting blogger against blogger. Hell, even then I'd still play.

Siew said...

Well, I can say of myself that I have been away for a while, and have a bit too much to handle on my plate at the moment, but I have enjoyed following the compares. That and I am sadly behind on American literature.

This week, for example, I'm going for Salinger because I actually have read it (only a few months ago), and alas I am not at all familiar with Irving (gasp!).

I would like to see you continue to host this, as it has been fun; perhaps you could branch into book compares, film adaptation compares, etc too? I'd be interested in a LOTR versus HP, even though Rowling's already been done.

Nicole said...

I feel like I've missed so much, but for the last two compares, I've read neither author, so I didn't feel it would be fair to vote or even give any indication of who I might vote for based on what I've heard.

Anyway, this week, I still haven't read either author, but I did try to read Salinger once. I wouldn't vote for him, but I tried to read him.

All of that said, I definitely think you should keep the compares going. I haven't visited for the past couple of weeks for the above mentioned reasons, but I have definitely enjoyed the compares I've been involved in. It is always interesting to see who you'll pick for the next compare.

If you're concerned about numbers, maybe you could do as Siew suggested and expand into other areas, which is a great idea, or you could make the Wednesday compare a monthly or even bi-monthly event. I don't think you'll run out of worthy candidates. There are enough great writers out there to last you for awhile.

Although, now that I read the comment string, I see that you've already decided to keep going for now, so my comments were unnecessary.

Oh, and just in case it wasn't clear, I'm not voting for an author this week. I'm voting for the Great Wednesday Compare!!

Elizabeth said...

Has to be Salinger. Garp is stupid and his creator is a phony.

raidergirl3 said...

well, I'll have to go with the Hoff, he at least recognizes the campyiness,,, oh, not really this week?
For the compares: I say whichever, they are fun, but I wouldn't want them to be a drag for you. I'll be here.
Don't really have an opinion on the authors, but was wondering: maybe they are the same person?

Melanie said...

Hmmm, can I vote for "Neither"?? I don't like either of these guys. No wait, I don't like either of their writings, having not met either one.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.