Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #4- Frankenstein VERSUS The Turn of the Screw



The winner of the last Great Wednesday Compare ( Frankenstein vs. Dracula), with a final score of 5-4 was Frankenstein.

Surprise, surprise! Pleasant surprise! I was so reluctant to pit poor ol' Frankie up against Dracula. I mean everyone seems so into vampires these days, and Dracula's the granddaddy of them all. But, I'm with Corey who last week said, "Dracula has always been a sore spot with me - a dull, flavourless bore, and the Bela Lugosi movie equally unimpressive." Asides from dull, I was also frustrated with Dracula's overabundance of superpowers. It seems that every time Stoker wrote him into a corner, Dracula'd get a new skill. Trapped in a locked room? Not to worry, Dracula can also turn into fog and escape through the keyhole. All that aside, I did quite enjoy Francis Ford Coppola's version.





Man, I love Oldman's evil laugh.

This week's contender...

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. (Nov. 3, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Which is better?

8 comments:

C.B. James said...

Last weeks would have been much easier for me. Both of these are very good. I just finished reading Frankenstein this past weekend. It's a very good book. Much better, and much more thoughtful than people think it is. I was even creeped out by it a couple of times.

The issues Shelley raises in the midst of all her horror are still of interest. We're just about to have human clones in our midst, or at least to have the ability to make them. So the questions she raises about a manmade man are ceratinly relevant.

Turn of the Screw, on the other hand, while being a great tale, isn't quite as current.

So I'm voting for Frankenstein.

Loni said...

Another tough one for me. The Turn of the Screw made me a fan of Henry James. But I love Frankenstein.

I'm sticking with Mary Shelley.

Becky said...

Frankenstein

Nicola said...

I didn't vote for Frankentstein last time but will have to this week as I haven't read The Turn of the Screw. I've only read one Henry James book, and oddly enough that was The Golden Bowl. I'd probably like Turn of the Screw better if I'd read it but anyway, my vote....

Frankenstein

Chris said...

Henry and I don't get along. I'm staying with Frankenstein.

I enjoyed FFC's Dracula too. Oldman was perfect in that role. I just listened to Dracula on audiobook this week. I'll post my thoughts soon.

Lisa said...

Going back to Frankenstein. This Henry James was a complete "yawn" for me.

Melanie said...

I'll vote for The Turn of the Screw this time: I like them both equally but don't want poor Henry to be completely wiped out! Acutally, I always admired how he could write such a story, with no clear explanation of what exactly happened, any explanation is just as likely as any other...

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