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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #20: Agatha Christie VERSUS Arthur Conan Doyle

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (E. B. White Vs. Agatha Christie), with a final score of 10-6, was Agatha Christie.

Perhaps anyone could have seen this next challenge coming. If Christie was the first "Queen of Crime" surely Doyle was the first "King." Would you agree? Where do your loyalties lie?

While we're at it, are you even a fan of mysteries? I don't mind them, but I've read so few that I'd find it hard to have much of an opinion.

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. (October 30th), and please spread the word!

Who's better?



16 comments:

david elzey said...

Dame Agatha won?! Damn! I now send her over the cliff with Professor Moriarty!! Tally one for Sir Arthur!

Nicola said...

My vote goes to Agatha.

Merri said...

I vote for Agatha!
I am a mystery fan and prefer the "cosy" genre, of which Agatha Christie excels.
Sir Arthur wrote a ripping good yarn but I never really liked Holmes.
In spite of his detecting abilities, he was singularly boorish and dated in his interactions with others.
Agatha on the other hand remains timeless; her style is witty and erudite. She understands the way people(women AND men) think.

Rob Hardy said...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gets my vote. Holmes is an immortal character. He survives in the wonderful Mary Russell novels of Laurie R. King. He appealed to the imagination of the great contemporary novelist Michael Chabon. None of Christie's characters have come so much to live lives of their own. Conan Doyle's own life, meanwhile, inspired another great contemporary novelist, Julian Barnes, whose novel "Arthur and George" is a fabulous read.

But as I said last week, Dorothy L. Sayers is a better and more sophisticated writer than Christie (or Doyle, for that matter).

John Mutford said...

Rob: Even Stephen King has written a couple of Holmes stories. You might be interested to know Holmes has even taken on Lovecraft's Cthulhu both in a video game and a short story by Neil Gaiman.

Thanks for the Sayer recommendation. Every now and then I feel the need to round out my edges a bit with genre fiction. The next time that happens, I'll be sure to give her a try.

kookiejar said...

I'm going with AC Doyle on this one. Like Rob said, Holmes is an iconic character that is going to be with humanity until the end of time.

Hey, John, how about a zombie round next week for Halloween. A couple authors who've been voted out, but never faced each other? Just a suggestion.

Dewey said...

Arthur Conan Doyle!

raidergirl3 said...

I have always read mysteries, and many great series. I vote for Agatha Christie. I much prefer Poirot to Holmes. Her books are still great reads, I recently reread some Tommy and Tuppence books and they are wonderful yarns.
I'm trying to say what merri said at the top, but she said it better. Agatha Christie gets my vote.

Sam Houston said...

Doyle is my choice. I grew up on Holmes and still read the occasional Holmes tale.

Stephanie said...

Still have to go with Agatha. Probably because I have read more of her books than Doyle. But I just love that Hercule Poirot!!

Melanie said...

Conan Doyle for me. Even though he was a bit of an oddball, I have to recognize his creation of the immortal Holmes.

Rob Hardy said...

I asked at dinner tonight: "If Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Hercule Poirot were called upon to investigate the same murder, who would solve the mystery first?" My wife said Sherlock Holmes. My son said, "The Hardy Boys would beat all of them."

BookGal said...

This is an easy one ... I love the Sherlock Holmes character so Arthur Conan Doyle it is for me!

Bybee said...

Arthur Conan Doyle is my choice for this week.

cj said...

I'm late, I'm late, I'm late but...

Great choices and difficult, too! I love Sherlock Holmes but let's face it, Poirot was the ultimate if you ask me.

cjh

Dale said...

I used to love Agatha Christie novels but must confess, I've not read any of ACD's books. Agatha gets my vote.