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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #4- Robinson Crusoe VERSUS Island of the Blue Dolphins



The winner of the last Great Wednesday Compare ( One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest vs. Robinson Crusoe), with a final score of 5-1 was Robinson Crusoe.

You know, I might never make it around to actually reading One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. While I know books are usually far superior to their movie counterparts, I'm still less likely to read the book when I've seen the movie. I'd almost say that I don't have an interest in a story I'm already familiar with, but I will watch a movie of a book that I've read, so that theory doesn't hold up. Maybe it's having the actors stuck in my head that I don't like. Or maybe it's the time commitment a novel takes-- I mean, if I already know the plot, am I going to spend a week or more rehashing it? At least with a movie, you have about an hour and a half to see how well or poorly it was adapted, then you move on. I did enjoy the One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest movie, though. And I didn't know until Remi pointed it out that Kesey's book is told from the perspective of Chief, the believed-to-be deaf and mute Native man. That's intriguing enough to put it back on the ol' tbr pile. Maybe once I hit 80 and have read everything else, I'll pick it up.

This week it's Gilligan's Island vs Lost vs Swiss Family Robinson vs Survivor vs... okay, so none of those, but close enough.

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 21st, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Which is better?

10 comments:

Nicola said...

Well, Island of the Blue Dolphins is good and I love Scott O'Dell as an author, but c'mon this is like comparing prime rib to a hamburger.

Robinson Crusoe again for me.

Chris said...

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have never even heard of Island of the Blue Dolphins, which is my fault, not the book's, but the book is still going to pay for that.

Robinson Crusoe.

Daibhin said...

Island of the Blue Dolphins - it is such a beautifully told story.

Nicole said...

My vote is for Island of the Blue Dolphins. I loved that book!

claire said...

I liked Island of the Blue Dolphins, but Robinson Crusoe is a thousand times better. So, Robinson Crusoe.

Carrie K said...

Island of the Blue Dolphins.

I won't read the book if I know I'm going to see the movie, otherwise I spend the time in the theater critizing pretty much all their choices. I read the book afterwards to find out what the story really was.

Kate said...

My vote is also going to Island of the Blue Dolphins. I must go back and re-read it soon!

Melanie said...

Robinson Crusoe -- classic example of early genre busting and an excellent book. Plus I never liked Island of the Blue Dolphins as a kid. :(

Lahni said...

Island of the Blue Dolphins for sure! It's one of my favourite books of all time!