Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Charlotte Brontë VERSUS Emily Brontë VERSUS Anne Brontë (The Brontë Brawl)

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Emily Dickinson Vs. Charlotte Brontë), with a final score of 12-3, was Charlotte Brontë.

I guess Dickinson heard the fly buzzing again. No surprise. While a few poets-- Dickinson included-- have won past Wednesday Compares, poets don't seem to fare well against the novelists. If I had to chose to read either poetry or novels for the rest of my life, I'd pick poetry easily. But I understand I'm in the minority on that one, and I respect that poetry doesn't appeal to everyone.

Moving on to several first: This is the first time I've had siblings go head to head and the first time I've had a three way challenge. That another Brontë would be competing this week was probably obvious, but I'm hoping having all three sisters competing will catch a few people off guard (though I doubt I'm the first to pose this question)...

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. (May 13, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?


21 comments:

Chris said...

You are evil! I have to think about this one.

Michael Collins said...

First time commenter, but I had to pipe up. It may be an unpopular opinion, but Anne has always been my favourite. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is really interesting and ambitious, and Agnes Grey is quite neat. Charlotte was sometimes better (Villette) but she was so inconsistent (Shirley), and Emily's kind of a one hit wonder, with only the one relatively short novel (fantastic as it is) and a dozen good poems.

So Anne. It's about time she got her due.

3M said...

How unfair!! Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are two of my favorite books ever. I guess if I have to choose, I'll go with Charlotte.

I really want to read Anne someday too, though.

Nicola said...

I haven't read Anne yet so between Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights I'm going to go with Charlotte again!

Nicole said...

Charlotte. Wuthering Heights was terrible. Although, I will admit that Emily was a better poet. Still, Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels, so Charlotte is definitely my pick.

kookiejar said...

I agree with Nicole. Wuthering Heights is dreadful, but Jane Eyre is terrific.

I vote Charlotte.

John Mutford said...

Chris: I was about to add a "Mwah-hah-ha" but then I thought of 100 things more evil.

Michael: I just clicked on your profile and noticed that you had Wuthering Heights listed as a favourite. Yet you vote for Anne. I guess, as you say, you're voting for a more consistent body of work.

3M: You've read 2 more Brontes than I.

Nicola: Anne definitely seems to be the underdog.

Nicole and Kookiejar: Not having read it, what is that makes you dislike Wuthering Heights so much?

3M said...

Wow, I'm surprised at the Wuthering Heights comments, though, maybe not as my husband hated the movie. I really liked this book. When I taught English, I made the boys in my class choose a book authored by Austen or one of the Bronte's, and they all chose Wuthering Heights. Surprisingly, they all liked it, too.

Rob Hardy said...

I vote for their no-good brother Branwell. Oh, not an option? Okay, then I'm going to join Michael and vote for the underdog, Anne. I visited her grave in Scarborough last April, and found a copy of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in a remote cottage in the Lake District. Since I became acquainted with her in the most romantic of circumstances, she has my sentimental vote.

raych said...

Ah, crap. Ok, Charlotte by a mile.

Nicole said...

John, for me, it was the whining. The constant, incessant whining, from everyone, it seemed. And Heathcliff's self destructive nature was just a little over the top.

raidergirl3 said...

Ugh, Wuthering Heights. I read it in grade 12 English and admit I probably wasn't ready for it, but the characters were all crazy and vindictive.
I vote for Charlotte, but admit I am intrigued by the support for Anne.

Megan said...

I'll have to go with Charlotte. Haven't read Anne and didn't really "get" Wuthering Heights.

Stephanie said...

Personally, I think Anne is the best of the 3. So she gets my vote. Besides, I usually like to cheer for the underdog!

Stephanie said...

For the record, I have read all 3. I just thought The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was fantastic!

Chris said...

This was tough but I'm going with Anne. She was underrated and The Tenant was such a good book.

GeraniumCat said...

Oh good, I'm in time to vote for Anne - Agnes Grey is my favourite Bronte book. Can't be doing with Emily.

Bybee said...

I'm going with Anne because of all those years of reading encyclopedia entries and lit critics saying that Anne was the least talented of the three sisters. It was hammered into my brain over and over until I said enough and read Agnes Grey which I liked just as well or possibly better than Shirley or Wuthering Heights. Anne less talented? I'm thinking of a word that begins with B and it ain't Bronte.

Teddy Rose said...

I haven't read any Anne yet, but I can't ever get enough Jane Eyre, so it's Charlotte for me.

zetor said...

This is so hard. They are all wonderful. I'll vote for Charlotte Bronte.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.