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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare- Charles Dickens VERSUS John Steinbeck

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Charles Dickens Vs. Virginia Woolf), with a final score of 9-8, was Charles Dickens. This marked the 2nd week in a row in which the tie-breaking vote fell to me. Watch out, I'm on a power-trip. This time, while I admit I wasn't all that taken with Mrs. Dalloway, my vote was based instead on Jane Austen. "She wasn't even a contender!" you might be saying. The thing is, Austen has held the Wednesday Compare record for too long. Now she must share. And as I said back then, any contender winning five matches will be retired. (I must admit, I'm looking forward to starting all over with two brand new contenders-- though I shouldn't get ahead of myself, Dickens still needs to win the next two challenges).

In the meantime, take a look at the list of past contenders in the sidebar. In theory, it should be that Dickens is better than everyone else below. But I'm also sure there have been many weeks that voting hasn't gone your way. At which point- starting from the bottom and working your way up- would you disagree with the ladder?

And as always, who's better this week?






21 comments:

Bybee said...

This is easy! John Steinbeck! Like Orwell, he's another one of my dead-author crushes. Sorry, Charlie...I'm predicting you're outta here...

Stephanie said...

Ack. A tough one!! I gotta give the edge to Steinbeck though. Love his short stories!!

Happy New Year John!!

Nicole said...

So easy, I still vote for Dickens.

The Grapes of Wrath was the most boring book I read in high school.

I'd reread Great Expectations before rereading The Grapes of Wrath.

Chris said...

I'm getting tired of seeing Dickens writing away in that pic. Makes me feel lazy.

Steinbeck.

Remi said...

Anyone who names his truck after Don Quixote's horse and then takes off in his late 50's to rediscover his country is pretty cool in my books.

He also did a great job of capturing the troubled soul of a generation in Wrath. My favourite is still East of Eden - perhaps not entirely successful, but quite the ride, nonetheless.

Steinbeck, of course.

Melanie said...

Dickens! Absolutely. I had to read Steinbeck far too much in high school and have disliked him ever since.

kookiejar said...

To my way of thinking it is a travesty that John Irving only won 2 battles, but since Stephen King only took one victory, I shouldn't be surprised. Those two are my faves.

But I digress. This week is dastardly difficult for me. East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath are two of my favorite books, but my heart sort of belongs to Dickens for creating Ebeneezer Scrooge. So, with a heavy heart...

I vote Dickens.

Nicola said...

Very easy for me. Gimme a D-I-C-K-E-N-S! Dickens!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Steinbeck, no question.

raidergirl3 said...

I'll go with Dickens.

I haven't forgiven Steinbeck for The Pearl, in grade 10 English, but I enjoyed the movie Mice and Men.

Rob Hardy said...

I like Steinbeck because he enabled me to get revenge against the teacher who spoiled Orwell for me. Long story. But he's just not as great as Dickens. So, it is my pleasure to agree with Kookiejar for a change and vote DICKENS.

Wendy said...

This is an easy one for me ... Steinbeck all the way!

BookGal said...

Easy ... Steinbeck for me. The Grapes of Wrath is a national treasure.

Allison said...

Gah! I am going to have to switch my vote to Steinbeck.

You are making this difficult.

Happy New Year!

Megan said...

I'm going to have to go with Steinbeck. Yes, definitely Steinbeck.

Sam Houston said...

These matches are getting tougher and tougher...Steinbeck by a nose for me.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I'll say Steinbeck...but in the spirit of full disclosure, I haven't yet read any Dickens. I tried to read Little Dorritt once, and I think perhaps I should start with something shorter.

LOVE A Christmas Carol, though, but I've only seen the play, not read the book.

Dewey said...

Again, this is an almost impossible vote! I'll pick Dickens, though it pains me to NOT pick Steinbeck.

Carrie K said...

Dickens, in a heartbeat, even if Steinbeck is a local boy. I've sat through too many bad, bad monologues of Mice & Men.

Nyssaneala said...

Steinbeck captivates me from beginning to end, so he gets my vote!

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.