Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #6- Libraries VERSUS William Shakespeare

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Libraries VERSUS Short Stories), with a final score of 5-1 is libraries.

First off, I'm back from Newfoundland, so hopefully things will start getting back to normal around here. Normal being relative.

This week we say goodbye to the under-appreciated short story. I'm always surprised by the number of avid readers I hear say that they don't really like short stories. The logical side of me understands that not everyone likes the same things, but I always find myself defensive. "You just haven't found the right one!" is my usual rebuttal, but eventually I'll just have to live with the fact that some people just don't like, and will never like, short stories. But until then I invite you all to participate in Short Story Mondays, right here at the Book Mine Set. Maybe, just maybe, we'll convince you that short stories are awesome.

In the meantime we move on to the next challenger: William Shakespeare. Now, just to clarify, a vote for libraries doesn't just mean that all the Shakespeare plays suddenly disappear, it means that Shakespeare will not have existed at all! Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet? They don't exist and never have. Can you live with that? You'll get to keep your libraries, but there'll be nothing by Shakespeare in it, and anything influenced by his work even remotely will either be gone entirely or radically different.

Vote in the comment section below before August 17th.


Kate said...

OK - I can live without Shakespeare (though what will English teachers inflict on their classes instead?), but not without libraries!

So my vote is to keep the libraries!

Chrisbookarama said...

I feel mean making a person disappear but...


Barbara Bruederlin said...

But if I vote for Shakespeare, will that mean that libraries do not exist? I can't support that! But neither can I support that anything influenced by his work will disappear!

I am having an existential crisis. Perfect for a Wednesday morning.

Melwyk said...

I'm with Barbara -- this is provoking an existential crisis. I can not choose.

Bybee said...

It's difficult to think of anything or anyone who can beat the concept of libraries.