Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Robertson Davies VERSUS Aldous Huxley

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Robertson Davies Vs. Nick Hornby), with a final score of 10-5, was Robertson Davies.

Still haven't gotten around to watching High Fidelity, though from the positive comments last week, I'm looking forward to it. Speaking of rock based movies, I watched Hard Core Logo a few nights ago. Can't decide how I feel about it other than that. If you've seen it, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Both of these were picks of mine through Nicola asked last week what I thought of Zip as she was trying to convince her husband to try it. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it's the Canadian equivalent to NetFlix. For those who are familiar, or even members of either Zip or NetFlix, you might want to weigh in on this one. Personally, I love it. We rent a lot of DVDs but the late fees at our local convenient store were killing us (they had no "No Late Fee" deals like at Blockbuster). Plus their selection was pretty limited to new releases. At Zip we don't pay late-fees and their selection is incredible. My wife, however, doesn't seem quite convinced it's worth the $30/month. She feels they take too long with the new releases, even when you rank your preferences. Plus, despite a rather quick turnaround time in the mail, she feels we're not really getting enough movies per month (though we're signed on for an unlimited deal, with 4 allowed in our possession at any time-- if that makes sense).

What does this have to do with authors? Nothing. I got sidetracked.

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. (July 22nd, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?


pussreboots said...

Aldous Huxley!

Remi said...

Davies by a beard.

As for HCL, I loved it. First time I saw it was in Sudbury over a decade ago and Bruce McDonald was there to introduce it. You'll have to read the Michael Turner novel it's based on next. It's essentially a novel in verse and lyrics and quite good as well.

Have you seen the other two road movies McDonald did, Roadkill and Highway 61? I'm still not totally sold on Highway 61 but Roadkill is a classic. What's not to love about a Canuck flick set in Northern Ontario with a Joey Ramone cameo?

Nikki in Niagara said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, John! Still working on hubby.

My first response to this weeks duo is Huxley? What did he write besides "Brave New World"? So I looked him up on wiki and seems he's written quite a bit in a lot of formats but I haven't even heard of anything but BNW, which I have read, and do think it is a great book.

But, come on. He doesn't hold a candle to Davies. So once again my vote goes to the Canadian with the Beard!

Anonymous said...

Although I like Huxley, it's still Robertson for me

John Mutford said...

Remi: Had Bruce McDonald introduced it to me, I'd have liked it even more. It was probably his directing that I admired most about the movie. I thought the plot was rather weak and generic. Everyhing else was great: the music, the acting, the Canadiana. Too bad it didn't have more of a storyline. And no, I haven't yet seen those others.

Anonymous said...

Davies nothing beats his Tempest Tossed

Anonymous said...

Davies again!

Peta said...

Robertson Davies by a mile!

Anonymous said...

Robertson Davies - although ONE of these days I WILL read BNW. Somehow.

Netflix is awesome. It's saved me zillions of dollars in fees and that's even hanging onto some movies for months on end. I don't tend to watch a lot of new releases so I've never had problems I've heard other have about bad quality DVD's and long waits and juggling 3 DVD's keeps me in shows most of the time.

Ruth said...

Definitely Davies! I had to go and look up Huxley because I couldn't remember ever reading anything he wrote. :)

Anonymous said...

Robertson Davies! For the following reasons:

1) What's Bred in the Bone
2) The Deptford Trilogy
3) His enormous beard

Bybee said...

Robertson Davies, she said, getting ready to plunge into the rest of the Deptford Trilogy.