Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: F. Scott Fitzgerald VERSUS Roald Dahl

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (F. Scott Fitzgerald Vs. Harriet Beecher Stowe), with a final score of 9-5, was Dolly Parton. Oh wait, April Fool's Day is over. The winner was F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Interesting that Pussreboots mentioned other novels by Stowe. Like I only think of Gatsby when I hear Fitzgerald, I only think of Uncle Tom when I hear Stowe. This has come up a lot lately: Stephanie reviewed an Arthur Conan Doyle story that wasn't about Holmes, Kookiejar reviewed a Jack London story that wasn't about sled dogs and now Pussreboots is talking about Harriet Beecher's Stowe's The Minister's Wooing. Does anyone know of a challenge that asks people to read obscure or at least lesser known books by well-known authors? I've got a copy of Louisa May Alcott's Long Fatal Chase that's just begging for a reason for me to read it. If such a challenge doesn't already exist, any takers on hosting one? I would but I'm just so busy with the Canadian Book Challenge (and preparing for the 2nd edition-- please join!)

Enough shameless self-promotion, 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 8, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?



30 comments:

Jen said...

I vote Roald Dahl. He's more fun.

Nicola said...

Fun gets my vote too! Roald Dahl

Allison said...

Ooh, I'm going to have to say Roald Dahl as well.

kookiejar said...

Put me down for Dahl. Finally an easy choice!!

Melanie said...

Roald Dahl!! How I love his sarcastic sense of humour!

raidergirl3 said...

He's like the Stephen King for kids - I vote for Roald Dahl.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Dahl, absolutely. He's delightfully goofy.

Laura said...

Easy peasy - Roald Dahl!

3m said...

Another one for Dahl!

Nicole said...

Wow, I came over to vote for Dahl, because I knew he was my choice before I even read the post. I didn't expect that there would be so many votes for him already. Awesome!

I haven't been around the Wednesday Compare in so long (mainly because of a lack of familiarity with most of the recent authors). It is great to be voting again!

pussreboots said...

F. Scott Fitzgerald... Dahl's books make me want to gauge my eyes out.

Sam Houston said...

It looks hopeless, but...Fitzgerald.

Carrie K said...

Roald Dahl.

As for The Long Fatal Chase, just don't have any expectations.....

BookGal said...

Roald Dahl ... how could I vote for anything else since I read him to my class every year.

Rob Hardy said...

I want to go back and change my vote for Steinbeck to a vote for Hemingway. My 16-year old son just read "The Old Man and the Sea" and asked me if we had more Hemingway he could read. Now he's started "A Farewell to Arms."

Meanwhile, until my time machine arrives: Dahl.

Bybee said...

I must go with Roald Dahl because he wrote one of my very favorite short stories "Lamb To The Slaughter" ...I can so clearly remember the Alfred Hitchcock TV show adaptation with Barbara Bel Geddes as the wife who excelled at thinking outside the box when came to leg of lamb...

Liz said...

This is a bit of an apples/oranges situation. While Dahl is a lot of fun, there is much to admire about Fitzgerald's writing. It's very deep and very adult, and in some ways, very much ahead of its time. Those who have only read Gatsby should sink their teeth into Tender Is The Night before making judgments about Fitz.

Fitzgerald, although it's looking like a landslide in the other direction.

Dewey said...

Ah! Hard to choose! In fact, I'm beginning to think I love writers indiscriminately, based on how often your choices are difficult for me. But I'll have to go with Dahl. I even love his stuff for grown ups.

Megan said...

Roald Dahl!

Kate S. said...

No vote from me because, would you believe it, I haven't read anything by either of these literary giants. I swear I'm going to read The Great Gatsby this year though, and it's looking quite likely that a Dahl story will be our next "A Curious Singularity" selection. I was already keen on the prospect of the latter, but I'm even more so now with the enormous enthusiasm for Dahl evident here!

I think that a challenge to read a lesser known work by a well-known author is a brilliant idea. I hope someone takes you up on that.

chartroose said...

Fitzgerald, but it looks like he has lost already. Drats!

Bunny B said...

Although the poll is closed, I still wanna state my vote :P
ROALD DAHL! I think it's because he got us when we were young with Charlie and willy Wonka. Love it!

John Mutford said...

Bunny B: Ooops. That's what I get for cutting and pasting I guess. I fixed it above-- the poll is not actually closed until April 8th!

gautami tripathy said...

Dahl. Easy to read!

:D

Chris said...

As the band plays on the Titanic:

Fitzgerald

Claire said...

Dahl without a doubt.

Becca said...

Roald Dahl all the way! I've loved him since I was about 9 years old and readily consumed anything written by him, even his stuff for adults. Sorry Fitzgerald, but I just didn't like Gatsby.

John Mutford said...

There. I've done it. I broke down and hosted the Obscure Challenge myself. I hope you're all happy :P

Actually, I hope you just join.

Remi said...

A very tough choice, indeed. I should give this more serious consideration but I've been too sick lately for anything like that.

Therefore, I shall split my vote - 0.5 for Dahl and 0.5 for Fitzgerald.

Athena said...

Dahl. I enjoy Fitzgerald, but Dahl has provided me with good memories.