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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 3: Sidney Sheldon VERSUS Danielle Steel


The winner of the 2nd Great Wednesday Compare was Robertson Davies. Here's how it all went down...

Back in February, we started with two Canadians, Robert Munsch and Farley Mowat. Munsch love didn't last forever. In fact, it didn't last one week. He lost to Mowat 9-8. Mowat's cry wasn't as loud as London's call, and he lost to Jack London the following week 11-6. It appears, however, that most people would rather vacation in Discworld than the Yukon, as London lost to Terry Pratchett 8-3. Was there an omen for the next outcome? Neil Gaiman went on to beat Pratchett 7-5, followed by Cormac McCarthy the next week 9-4. Then Douglas Coupland burst into the picture, stealing Gaiman's gum and the win 9-6. Alas, F. Scott Fitzgerald proved greater and took out Coupland 10-9, then Harriet Beecher Stowe 10-9. Ooompa Loompa Lerald, good-bye to Fitzgerald; Dahl takes the lead 21.5-5.5 and Rudyard Kipling 7-2. But free as he was, Walt Whitman still showed fine form, winning the match against Dahl 8-7. Alas, he then heard the fly buzz and couldn't survive Emily Dickinson 12-2. Was there something in the eyre? Dickinson fell to Charlotte Bronte 12-3, who went on to win a dysfunctional family feud against her sisters taking 9 votes against Anne's 6 and Emily's 0. Charlotte then lost to the divine Margaret Laurence 9-6, who in turn lost to Alice Munro 8-2. Then O brother, out goes O Henry 6-3. But she was late for the tea party and was defeated by Lewis Carroll 10-3. Alice proved no match for the hobbits; Carroll lost the following week to J.R.R. Tolkien 12-7. And after that the Tolkien appreciation was much less than I expected, he was trounced by Doris Lessing 10-5. She went on to execute Norman Mailer 7-6 but lost to Robertson Davies 14-3. It was serious business for Davies from that point on as he eliminated Nick Hornby 10-5, Aldous Huxley 10-1, Tom Wolfe 11-2, Mordecai Richler 6-3, and finally, the winner of the 1st Wednesday Compare, John Steinbeck, 7-6.

So on that note, it's time for a brand new round of fun. Welcome to the Great Wednesday Compare 3!

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. (Aug. 19th, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

10 comments:

Lezlie said...

No contest. Sydney Sheldon! The Naked Face. Rage of Angels. Bloodline. *Loved* those books!
Lezlie

Nicola said...

Well, this is tough! I read both of them *all the time* when I was a teenager, but have had no inclination to read either of them since.

But I'm going to go with Sidney Sheldon, because if I remember correctly his books were more on the steamy side than Steele's sappy romance.

pussreboots said...

Sidney Sheldon. I've been reading his books on and off for about twenty years.

raidergirl3 said...

Great match up! Like Nicola, it brings back all my teenage reading.

I'm with Sheldon as well. Steele's all blur together, and while good, I remember loving Bloodline and Rage of Angels.
I give props to Steele though for all the teenagers who begin reading large books because of her.

Bybee said...

Sidney Sheldon, but mostly because he wrote some entertaining Hollywood movies I've enjoyed. Haven't read a novel of his, though.

Joanna said...

Joanna -- My vote is for Sidney Sheldon. Danielle Steels books are too formula writing and it's been decades since I've read one of her books.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going to have to abstain from this one, as I cannot tolerate either writer. In fact I hope they kill each other off in this literary fight.

Many congrats to the late great Robertson Davies, though!

Teddy Rose said...

Like other's here, I read both these authors as a teen, many moons ago. At the time I like Sheldon best for the steamy, leave little to the imagination sex scenes. LOL! Not to offend anyone here, but now I find both authors laughable. However, I had a big bought of depression about 10 years ago and my concentration was bad, I wnet back to reading Steele and Mary Higgins Clark. No concentration required. LOL!

richard said...

Is it too late to vote against Robertson Davies again? ;-)

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.

And sorry Barb, they didn't kill each other off-- Sheldon fights dirtier.