Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #22- Arthur Conan Doyle VERSUS Harper Lee

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Arthur Conan Doyle vs. Bram Stoker), with a final score of 13-4, was Arthur Conan Doyle.

Kudos to Kookiejar for continuously promoting these comparisons and for hosting her own zombie version last week which pitted past runners Asimov and Vonnegut against one another. I voted for Vonnegut and the last time I checked he was in the lead, but you'll have to go there for the official results. Now back to mine...

A couple of things I've tried to do is to keep my own biases out of the equation and to make it as fair a contest as possible. Last week, however, I felt that I had perhaps given Stoker the upper hand by throwing him in on Halloween. I needn't have worried. Doyle won easily.

I've said this many times, but I've never found a vampire book that I've actually liked despite finding the concept of them quite intriguing. Salem's Lot, Interview With A Vampire and yes, even Dracula let me down. I found Stoker's novel too silly at times. It seemed as if every time he'd get Dracula backed into a corner, he'd invent some convenient new superpower to allow him an escape (he could turn into fog?!) Oh well, Stoker got a stake through to the heart last week and that means it's time for a new contestant.

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. (Nov. 13), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

22 comments:

Chris said...

Yay! I'm first! Harper Lee. Hands down.

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

I'll have to go with Doyle on this one.

3M said...

Harper Lee!

Stephanie said...

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my very favorite books of all time. It's one of the few books I have reread more than once. Gotta go with Harper Lee!!

Wendy said...

Oh, finally one I feel competent to vote on :)

HARPER LEE - no question!!

Nicole said...

Harper Lee.

I still remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in the 9th grade. I don't remember every detail, but the lessons of the novel have stayed fresh on my mind.

kookiejar said...

No brainer on this one. Harper Lee wrote the Great American Novel. She's here to stay, I think.

Nicola said...

I'm voting for ACD again.

MyUtopia said...

Harper Lee! Doyle annoys me.

Rob Hardy said...

Another vote for Harper Lee.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Harper Lee just won the presidential medal of freedom...so let's honor her further by giving her a win here as well. ;)

Harper Lee, all the way!

Carrie K said...

Harper Lee. Even if Tennessee Williams really wrote it. ;) (Kidding!)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

For me it's definitely Harper Lee, even though Dubya likes her as well.

Buffy said...

Harper Lee. No doubt.

Dewey said...

I cast 14,000 votes for Harper Lee!

raidergirl3 said...

I loved To Kill a Mockingbird, but I'll vote for ACD for the sheer volume of great mysteries, and I don't think my vote is going to swing anything.

Also, he responded to public pressure and wrote more; Ms Lee hasn't, but I've heard rumors that she wrote some of Capote's stuff?

Bybee said...

What Dewey said! Harper Lee!

david elzey said...

I'll take Perkins Cobb for the block (a brazillion mythical brownie points to anyone who gets both references).

Gentle Reader said...

Gotta vote for Harper Lee. Anyone who could create Atticus Finch has to win the compare!

BookGal said...

OK ..,.. I'm in the minority here but I'm going with Conan Doyle. Lee wrote one fabulous novel but Doyle created a literary icon.

Nyssaneala said...

I love To Kill A Mockingbird, but I also love Holmes. Doyle gets my vote this week!

Dale said...

Harper Lee, Harper Lee, Harper Lee.