Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- Hans Christian Andersen VERSUS Oscar Wilde

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Hans Christian Anderson Vs. Beatrix Potter) with a final score of 4-3 was Hans Christian Anderson.

Another tie came my way last week, with Potter and Andersen finding themselves with 3 votes a piece. Unlike Andersen, I don't remember Potter's stories from my childhood. Sure I'd heard of Peter Rabbit but that was about it. I tried reading the tales to my own kids and egad, I didn't like them. I thought The Story of Peter Rabbit was dull and couldn't see much charm in the disobedient bunny at all. Then there's The Tale of Benjamin Bunny:
The cat looked up and saw old Mr. Benjamin Bunny prancing along the top of the wall of the upper terrace.

He had a little switch in his hand.

He was looking for his son.
Charming, isn't it? (Just wait till the whipping starts.)

Of course, I don't judge anyone who enjoys the tales out of nostalgic reasons, but as I didn't read them as a child, I certainly don't have such attachments. Nor will I bother with them again. I cast the tie-breaking vote for Andersen.

This week is a dandy, though.

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. (Jan. 13, 2009), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?


Allison said...

Oooooooooh. Good one. Good one.

I'm going to have to go with Wilde though.

Anonymous said...

Oscar Wilde!

I grew up on Wilde Street, in fact.

Chrisbookarama said...

Yeah and Peter's dad got put in a pie!

Sorry Hans but I love Mr Wilde. He has so many memorable sayings: "I love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing I know anything about."
And his last words: "Either this wallpaper goes or I do." I want to go out like that.
And The Picture of Dorian Gray.
And I love that photo!

Okay now I wrote a book about why I like Wilde. Bye.

Anonymous said...

Oscar Wilde, of course... I can't imagine who will unseat Mr. Wilde. I think he's going to be retired in 5 weeks!!
- Myshkin

"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."
- Oscar Wilde

Anonymous said...

Beatrix Potter - just like the fairy tales. Grim. Not that I noticed as a child.

Oscar Wilde. Clearly. HCA is a preachy doofus.

Anonymous said...

The themes found in many of Wilde's works wouldn't mean much to us without the influence of the romantic ideals set by the fairy tales of old.

So, to be contrary, I'm going to go with Andersen, even if he can be a preachy doofus.

Isabella K said...

Ditto what katemarlow said.

Hans Christian Andersen.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Ya know, I'm going to go with the previous two posters and vote for Anderson as well.

I've read Dorian Grey, Importance of Being Ernest (numerous times plu seen the play live) and read several of Wilde's fairy tales and, I don't know, they just don't stick with me like the Anderson tales I read from a great big book of my Dad's when I was a kid. Plus the Danny Kaye movie about Andersen is a lot of fun!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That is a tough choice. Have to go with weird lover Wilde though.

Stacy said...

Hans Christian Anderson. His stories endure for me in a way that Wilde's writings don't.

Anonymous said...

Hans Christian Andersen

I grew up with his fairy tales and I still like the story of The Ugly Duckling.

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