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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: F. Scott Fitzgerald VERSUS Harriet Beecher Stowe

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Douglas Coupland Vs. F. Scott Fitzgerald), with a final score of 10-9, was F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Though I consider myself a fan of Coupland, I was surprised when he beat out Neil Gaiman a couple weeks back. Either I'm naive about his popularity or it says something about my readership demographics. I say I'm a fan when in all honesty, I've only read two books by the guy (Generation X and Souvenir of Canada). But I enjoyed them both. I've still haven't caught jPod (the CBC series) yet either, but perhaps I should give it a shot. Just to clear things up a little, Coupland didn't coin the term "Generation X" but there's no arguing that he helped popularize it.

On to this week's challenge...

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. (April 1, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?









16 comments:

Sam Houston said...

Fitzgerald is my choice. Stowe was a one-trick pony, IMO, and it was a dirty trick, at that.

gautami tripathy said...

Stowe for me!

Stephanie said...

Go F. Scott!

kookiejar said...

I agree with Sam.

Fitzgerald...although his trick wasn't much better.

Nicola said...

Fitzgerald.

Wendy said...

Well, since I just finished reading Uncle Tom's Cabin and loved it, AND since I just can't seem to enjoy Fitzgerald because I find him to be a rather narcissistic chauvanist ...I vote for Stowe!

Remi said...

Fitz, if only for his role in the biggest boxing match (between writers) of the twenties - Canuck Morley Callaghan vs. some guy named Hemingway.

Rob Hardy said...

S. Scott. I've never been able to stomach Uncle Tom's Cabin. It seems more like a historical document than a readable novel. And Catharine Esther has always been my favorite Beecher sister.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Stowe for me.

Carrie K said...

Harriet Beecher Stowe.

raidergirl3 said...

I enjoyed Gatsy enought to vote for him for this week, reluctantly as he beat my Coupland last week.

I thought I had it for Coupland. I sent my sister here last night to get the tie, but then someone else (Stephanie!) voted at the last minute. How were you going to break a tie from last week?

John Mutford said...

Sam: Care to elaborate?

Raidergirl: Thanks for sending a new person this way, even if it was for naught. For what it's worth, should a tie-break have come my way, I would have gone for Coupland.

Bybee said...

Gotta go with F. Scott...really liked Gatsby.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Since I have not actually read HB Stowe, I'll have to go with Fitzy. But I have to admit I am not that familiar with either author's work.

pussreboots said...

Tough choice given how much I enjoy both their works. I'm going with Harriet Beecher Stowe not for Uncle Tom's Cabin but for her other novels. I'm currently reading The Minister's Wooing by her.

John Mutford said...

Voting closed.