Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #15- J. D. Salinger VERSUS Ray Bradbury

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (J. D. Salinger Vs. William Golding), with a final score of 9-3, was J.D. Salinger.

Let me start off this week with an apology. I had no idea so many people despised Lord of the Flies so much. I love that book, and you can blame my 9th grade lit teacher for that. But any book that's been parodied at least a couple of times on the Simpsons can't be all that bad.

Hopefully, I'll be able to reach a few more people with this one.

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 25th), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

16 comments:

BookGal said...

This is an easy one. I'm voting for Ray Bradbury. I had the opportunity to meet him when I was in junior high school. My class attended a play version of one of his books (can't remember which one - the play was forgettable.) He was gracious enough to sign books for all of us and sat down and discussed our views of the book and play. WOW!

david elzey said...

This is easy, easy as cake, a cakewalk. Bradbury. Bradbury the Buddha, Salinger the Buddha on the road. Anyone catch his recent comments where Bradbury corrected years of misunderstanding by saying that Fahrenheit 451 was more about the dangers of television than censorship? Wild.

Nicole said...

I've read just enough of Catcher in the Rye to know that Salinger doesn't write in a style that speaks to me.

On the other hand, I can still remember the fascination I felt when I read Dandelion Wine for the very first time.

My vote is definitely for Bradbury.

Matt said...

Haven't participated in this vote in awhile but when I saw that Ray Bradbury was up against Salinger (who wrote one of the most overrated books in American literature) I had to cast my vote, which is obviously for Ray Bradbury. If I could write like any author out there I would probably chose Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 is a fantastic book.

Looks like I should have voted last week as I actually liked Lord of the Flies

kookiejar said...

Even though I love 'Catcher in the Rye' I'm going to have to go with Bradbury. His contribution to literature is undeniably powerful.

Stephanie said...

OK...I do LOVE Catcher in the Rye! It's one of my favorites. But overall, I think Ray Bradbury's body of work is incredible! So I have to vote for Bradbury this week!

Allison said...

I guess I'll vote for the underdog, and go with Salinger.

I wanted to tell you, at the Heathrow airport I saw a vending machine with books, and today two or three mobile libraries. I thought of you for some odd reason :)

Gracie said...

Salinger, please.
For reasons I cannot explain, even to myself

Merri said...

Funny I see that Ray Bradbury is winning..I ADORED his works starting with Dandelion Wine(the school system really knew what it was doing to introduce that book to us in, I think, the 7th grade(?)
All of his books are amazing. I remember reading "Something Wicked this way comes"one summer, my hair almost standing on end..

John Mutford said...

Merri: So I take that as a vote for Bradbury? I've only read Fahrenheit 451, but I should read Dandelion Wine too, it seems to be a popular book among the people here!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going to jump on the Bradbury wagon for this one. I read everything Bradbury that I could get my hands on as a teenager and I'm pretty sure it has not lost its relevance today.

Melanie said...

Yippee, Ray Bradbury!! I'm going through a Bradbury love-in this year, so must vote for the wonderful body of work of this fascinating writer. His short stories are so memorable on their own, never mind his longer work.(even better, at the same time I get to vote 'not Salinger')

Bybee said...

I love Holden and Catcher In The Rye, but I'm kind of fond of some of Bradbury's short fiction, which I read in early middle school. Here's looking at you, Ray.

3M said...

No question! Bradbury all the way.

Sam Houston said...

This one was so easy for me that I almost forgot to vote. It's Bradbury for me.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.