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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Douglas Coupland VERSUS F. Scott Fitzgerald

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Neil Gaiman Vs. Douglas Coupland), with a final score of 9-6, was Douglas Coupland.

If the blogging community has introduced me to any author, it's been Neil Gaiman. I totally respect the enthusiasm in which people write about him. I still haven't read any more than a single short story by the guy, but I am intrigued enough to explore his work further. For all you Gaiman fans who take last week's loss hard, comfort yourself by leaving a Gaiman recommendation below.

As well, don't forget to leave your current vote. This week's new contender almost made a visit to the GWC's the first time around. Alas, it seemed too predictible to put him up against Steinbeck or Hemmingway.

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. (March 25, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?








19 comments:

Remi said...

A tough one. Usually, I'd listen to my inner curmudgeon and pick the classic choice. How can you go wrong with Fitzgerald?

Alas, today is a totally dreary day and I just want to be entertained. Nothing too heavy.

Coupland it is.

kookiejar said...

Hmmm, two authors I can't stand. How do I choose? I guess I'll go for who people will be reading in years to come...

put me down for Fitzgerald.

Nicola said...

Fitzgerald. I loved The Great Gatsby and have always meant to read more of his work.

August said...

I'm going to say Coupland.

While they are both horrendously over-valued writers, of the two, Coupland is the only one to have produced at least one readable work (Microserfs).

raidergirl3 said...

I'm for Coupland, again. Easy choice.

Rob Hardy said...

After hearing my wife and my 16-year old son have a conversation about the meaning of the green light in The Great Gatsby, I have to go with Fitzgerald. Plus, he's a fellow Minnesotan.

pussreboots said...

F. Scott Fitzgerald. He's one of my favorite authors.

Bookfool said...

That's easy. Both are authors for whom I've read one and abandoned one. Girl in a Coma was awesome, but I couldn't get through Coupland's latest. This Side of Paradise was stylishly written but I can't get into The Great Gatsby. Fitgerald wins because of a single sentence in which the protagonist sticks his hand in his pocket and toys with something -- lint? Gum? All I remember is the thought that anyone who could write about such a mundane act with such flair had my adoration.

Too bad I haven't managed to read anything else he wrote.

snackywombat said...

i admit that i've never read any coupland but i've only heard of one of his books... whereas fitzgerald has at least 3 that are must-reads. and fitzgerald wins hands down for better titles. although he didn't coin a culturally known phrase. still... fitzgerald.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Easy peasy - my boy Coupland.

Sam Houston said...

Count me as a Fitzgerald fan.

Melanie said...

I'll go with Fitzgerald this week. Just better overall, I think.

Bybee said...

This is tough...I have books on the TBR by both gentlemen.

I'm going with Coupland. Blame it on all the poutine I've eaten lately...

BookGal said...

I have to go with Coupland again. Gatsby was overrated and boring, IMHO

Chris said...

Fitzgerald for me please.

Aaron Kropf said...

I have to pick Coupland again.

Panic said...

Another vote for Coupland here!

Stephanie said...

Forgot to vote this week. Gotta say F. Scott Fitzgerald. I actually like The Great Gatsby!

ctoan said...

I'm going to vote for Coupland.