Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare: Judy Blume VERSUS Beverly Cleary


The winner of the last week's Great Wednesday Compare (H. P. Lovecraft Vs. Judy Blume) with a final score of 8-5 was Judy Blume.

I can't say I'm much of a Lovecraft fan. Though to be fair, I've only read a short story ("The Call of Cthulhu") and a novella (The Shadow Over Innsmouth). Both feature some bizarre fishlike creatures. While I respect the imagination, I wasn't exactly terrified of his scaly monsters. That his work was often categorized as "weird fiction" is no surprise.

Odd that it's now October, and it's the first Wednesday Compare in quite a while not to feature a horror writer. I wonder if it'll come down to Margaret versus Ramona.

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. (Oct. 14th, 2008), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?

14 comments:

Chris said...

Beverly Cleary for sure! Ramona FOREVER!!

Christine said...

Beverly Cleary!

Becky said...

Beverly Cleary!

bookchronicle said...

Definitely Cleary!

Remi said...

Cleary.

Allison said...

Oooh, a really tough call. Both of these authors dominated my bookshelf, but I shall have to choose Judy Blume.

Jo-Ann said...

Beverly Cleary, not just for Ramona, but also for Beezus, Henry, Socks, Muggie Maggie and Ralph S. Mouse.

Carrie K said...

Beverly Cleary.

Nicola said...

This one is easy! Beverly Cleary but not for Ramona. I seem to be the only girl that hated the Ramona books but I've enjoyed everything else she wrote. Henry Huggins is way better than Ramona! And I especially like Emily's Runaway Imagination.

Bybee said...

Beverly Cleary...did anyone else enjoy Mitch and Amy? I also liked The Luckiest Girl. Donut holes, lol!

If Judy Blume were here, I think she'd vote for Cleary as well.

Rob Hardy said...

Beverly Cleary. No contest. It's not just little girls who love Ramona. My sons both loved those books when they were little. The chapter in which Ramona tries to impress her beloved kindergarten teacher, Miss Binney, and ends up getting in trouble for pretending to snore during nap time: one of my favorite episodes in all of children's literature.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've never actually read either, to tell you the truth. I am therefore voting for Beverly Cleary because she has a kind face.

Melanie said...

Beverly Cleary, because I adore Ralph S. Mouse!

raidergirl3 said...

First, I thought this was too unfair - the ultimate young reader authors pitted against each other?
I wasn't going to vote. Then as I thought on it, I decided that Judy Blume carried me through a longer time period. Cleary was good, but I outgrew her earlier, and I liked the more controversial aspect of Blume's books. She has a lot of books on the banned book list. Vote for Blume!

But wait. I asked my 8 year old daughter, and her favorite books are the Fudge books and the Ramona books. She votes for Beverly Cleary!

We named our family book club the Ramona book Club - RAchel, MOm, NAna.