Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Chuck Palahniuk VERSUS Douglas Adams

The final winner of the Great Wednesday Compare 4 is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein!!!

So it turns out that Frankenstein is better than The Handmaid's Tale. Here's the proof:
1. In the first three rounds of the the 4th GWC, The Handmaid gobbled down the Life of Pi in a single gulp, out-bleaked Oryx and Crake and took back The Giver.

2. However, The Handmaid was soon caught up by Joseph Heller Catch-22.

3. Heller's win soon flew away with Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest taking the lead. Kesey also proved Coelho to be fool's gold, downing the Alchemist.

4. Finally, Kesey was stranded, and lost to Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.

5. Next Defoe was blue, losing to Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins. And Katherine Paterson also couldn't cross over to a victory, with Island of the Blue Dolphins beating Bridge to Terabithia next.

6. However, O'Dell's 2 time victory soon blew away, losing to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind. Next Mitchell refused to operate on Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, killed the cat's curiousity or dog's as it was (Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime).

7. If she she only had another win. Instead, Mitchell's GWTW lost to L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, which in turn easily gave the cold shoulder to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

8. But I created a monster with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the last competitor, which sent The Wizard of Oz back to Kansas, revealed the losing side of Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, took the gleam from Stephen King's The Shining, proved that Bram Stoker's Dracula sucked, and just this last week, with a final score of 6-1, promptly drilled home a win against Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.

So, logically assuming that Frankenstein is better than all the books that came before it, it is also better than The Handmaid's Tale. Would you agree?

And as always, a 5 wins a row marks the end of that Great Wednesday Compare and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein walks away undeafeted.

But, because I just love these asinine little challenges, I can't stop there. I bring you the 5th Great Wednesday Compare; this time returning to the old format, author vs author.

This week's contenders...

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. 10, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Which is better?


Kate said...

I'm not going to vote this week - I'm not a Douglas Adams fan, but I haven't read anything by Chuck Palahniuk. I just wanted to say that the comments posted on the Great Wednesday Compare 4 inspired me to read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (which I enjoyed), and I will probably read Frankenstein for the same reason. Thank you everyone for your arguments in favour of your preferred books!

Lezlie said...

For flatout offensive weirdness with the ability to still elicit sympathy, it's hard to beat Chuck Palahniuk. I'm casting my vote for him. :-)


Isabella K said...

Douglas Adams! For originality and influence!

And, for the record, as much as I'm a fan of Atwood, and no matter how much I love a dystopia, I do think Frankenstein is better than The Handmaid's tale.

Loni said...

Douglas Adams please.

I don't know which I like better, Frankenstein or The Handmaid's Tale. They're so different and amazing!

John Mutford said...

Kate: That's exactly what I wanted people (me included), to get from this exercise, and why I encourage people to back-up their arguments (of course, if they've already been stated by someone else, that's fine). It's why I leave the voting in the comments instead of going to a "poll" approach.

Ariel said...

I would vote for Chuck Palahniuk. Douglas Admas undoubtedly has deep influence to the whole generation, most everyone seems to know that 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life - even when they have never read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. On the other hand, Fight Club is as good a match on being hard to forget. Chuck Palahniuk has won my vote for having the flexibility and creativity to influence beyond fixed genre.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I can't decide! I really can't! I have enjoyed reading both authors immensely, for entirely different reasons.

I'm going to have to sit this one out.

raidergirl3 said...

I've actually read both of these unique fellas. For pure memorable-ness, I have to go with Palahniuk. Fight Club was such an amazing and memorable book, that I had to see the movie. (shut up! Brad Pitt had nothing to do with it) Both left me thinking of them for weeks afterward.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Well, I read about 30 pages of a Palahniuk book and was so disgusted I couldn't finish it.

So my vote will go with Douglas Adams who I have enjoyed his Hitchhikers Guide ... series of books, the British mini-series and the newer movie. All brilliantly fun.

Remi said...

This is a tough one. I don't want to split my vote down the middle because they are both worthy of the full vote.

Palahniuk because you can't beat having Meat Loaf Aday in the movie version of Fight Club.