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on the heels of the last one

July 15th, 2005 (03:33 pm)

But oo oo oo, I have a more interesting poll! That is to say, it's more interesting to me. That is to say... oh, hell with it.

It's the battle of the children's books! And Lord of the Rings. Um, so most of these are fantasy novels, but some are not; most are series, but some are not; most are at least somewhat specific (i.e., a specific novel or series) but sometimes it's a question about an author's general body of work. I don't know, do the best you can. It's not a perfect survey, as if one were to get nitpicky one could argue that it's hard to evaluate an author's body of work as if it were all of a piece, as it is often not. But none of you are going to get nitpicky, right? Because you love me. And because this is a stupid poll.

I never claimed to be... anything, really. In the last five minutes, anyway, and that's about the expiration date on any of my sentences, as I am flighty and whimsical and - damn! I just claimed to be flighty and whimsical.

Um, never mind? Vote in the poll? I'ma go hide now.

ETA: OMG how did I forget Madeleine L'Engle? I must go die of shame now. You can tell me which you prefer in the comments if you want.

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?

Harry Potter
25(43.9%)
Lord of the Rings
22(38.6%)
I haven't read Lord of the Rings
10(17.5%)

Harry Potter or the Narnia Chronicles?

Harry Potter
22(37.9%)
The Narnia Chronicles
32(55.2%)
I haven't read the Narnia Chronicles
4(6.9%)

Which: Harry Potter or John Bellairs' books?

Harry Potter
13(22.8%)
John Bellairs
2(3.5%)
I haven't read John Bellairs
42(73.7%)

Harry Potter or the Lloyd Alexander books?

Harry Potter
17(29.3%)
Lloyd Alexander
11(19.0%)
I haven't read Lloyd Alexander
30(51.7%)

Harry Potter ot Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising series?

Harry Potter
19(32.8%)
The Dark Is Rising
13(22.4%)
I haven't read Susan Cooper
26(44.8%)

Harry Potter or Diana Wynne Jones' books?

Harry Potter
12(20.7%)
Diana Wynne Jones
11(19.0%)
I haven't read Diana Wynne Jones
35(60.3%)

Harry Potter or The Phantom Tollbooth?

Harry Potter
20(35.1%)
The Phantom Tollbooth
24(42.1%)
I haven't read The Phantom Tollbooth
13(22.8%)

Harry Potter or the Lemony Snicket books?

Harry Potter
27(47.4%)
Lemony Snicket
5(8.8%)
I haven't read Lemony Snicket
12(21.1%)

Harry Potter or Enchantress from the Stars?

Harry Potter
9(15.5%)
Enchantress from the Stars
3(5.2%)
I haven't read Enchantress from the Stars
46(79.3%)

Harry Potter or The Wizard of Earthsea series?

Harry Potter
19(32.8%)
The Wizard of Earthsea
12(20.7%)
I haven't read The Wizard of Earthsea
27(46.6%)

Harry Potter or Francesca Lia Block's work?

Harry Potter
13(22.4%)
Francesca Lia Block
8(13.8%)
I haven't read Francesca Lia Block
37(63.8%)

Harry Potter or The Indian in the Cupboard?

Harry Potter
28(49.1%)
The Indian in the Cupboard
12(21.1%)
I haven't read The Indian in the Cupboard
17(29.8%)

Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl?

Harry Potter
24(42.1%)
Artemis Fowl
2(3.5%)
I haven't read Artemis Fowl
31(54.4%)

Harry Potter or The Castle in the Attic?

Harry Potter
16(27.6%)
The Castle in the Attic
8(13.8%)
I haven't read The Castle in the Attic
34(58.6%)

Harry Potter or Robin McKinley's work?

Harry Potter
18(31.6%)
Robin McKinley
13(22.8%)
I haven't read Robin McKinley
26(45.6%)

Comments

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Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)

Sort of... he has a toy knight and it comes to life in the castle, and he has a nanny who is leaving and he wants her to stay with him, so he does some kind of magic to make her small and put her in the castle. And then he figures out that was mean and he has to save her, so he has to get small and go into the castle too and do some magic stuff, I forget exactly what. I liked it a lot when I was a kid.

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Posted by: cabenson (cabenson)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Kate (beeeeeep)
Posted at: July 16th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)

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Posted by: I'll be there for you. (weill)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)

Prefer Madeleine L'Engle. By far.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)

It's certainly more tightly plotted and much much much more philosophically interesting.

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)

Madeleine L'Engle is better than Harry Potter, though "better" only as defined by plotting and depth of, er, thoughts provoked. Harry Potter has better characters, I think, and that's the real gift; the stories, while delightful, don't have layers and layers of contemplative depth like L'Engle.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)

I don't know, I have some issues with the characterizations in HP. Mostly that JKR seems to grab one character trait and run with it. So Harry's our brave hero; Hermione's the smart one; Ron's... actually, it doesn't entirely hold true for Ron, except that he's basically the trusty-rusty sidekick. McGonagall's the severe good-hearted one and Dumbledore, at least until Book 5, was the all-seeing all-knowing wise one (5 did complicate his character in rather interesting ways...) Draco's evil, his sidekicks are stupid and evil. So on and so forth. There are a lot of stock characters running around, when you think about it. The most interesting one is Snape, and that's only because we keep being told that he's good even though he consistently acts freakin' evil. Black was very interesting, actually, but then Rowling killed him.

I'm not sure what the point of this comment was.

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)

Posted by: halfacricket (halfacricket)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Heidi (sioneva)
Posted at: July 16th, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)

Posted by: Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light. (ruedifference)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
[books] Anne

This was difficult, because while I certainly enjoy HP, I'm not entirely sure how much of that enjoyment is fandom-related, as opposed to just liking the books.

Harry Potter or The Indian in the Cupboard?
*laughs*
I totally scoffed out loud at this. I adore Indian in the Cupboard. It wins my vote hands down. Or Narnia, for that matter. There is NOTHING that I would choose over Narnia. Except maybe L.M. Montgomery's works, and even then? It would be difficult.

Hee. I may have focused on Kids Lit in College. Maybe. ;)

Posted by: Spencer Irving (archaica)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)

I just want to thank ludickid for being the only one besides me (so far) who thinks Earthsea is better than Harry Potter.

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)

I didn't read it.... but I didn't read it because I tried and hated it. so, de facto, any book I could actually get through is better, IMO!

Posted by: John :: Affirming Consequents, Denying Antecedents (idonotlikepeas)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Susan Jane Bigelow (shashalnikya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)

Madeline L'Engle, no contest.

I love love LOVE Susan Cooper and Lloyd Alexander's books. So good! And Robin McKinley is one my most favorite fantasy authors.

Best series (even after the crushing disappointment I felt when I found out it was a Christian allegory) is the Chronicles of Narnia. No contest.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)

How come you were crushingly disappointed? (This may or may not be a sly way of getting a better sense of your religious views.)

(Which I could just ask. But it's more fun to do it through kids' lit.)

Posted by: Susan Jane Bigelow (shashalnikya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)

Posted by: John :: Affirming Consequents, Denying Antecedents (idonotlikepeas)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Heidi (sioneva)
Posted at: July 16th, 2005 08:50 am (UTC)

Posted by: Spencer Irving (archaica)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)

Posted by: cabenson (cabenson)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)

My gawd, I feel so illiterate. If you had said, The Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew, then I could have said I had read something besides HP.

I need to go to the library.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)

I think there's a generation gap in this poll that betrays that I only know kids' lit that was big when I was a kid. charliesmum said the same thing, you'll note.

Posted by: cabenson (cabenson)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: cabenson (cabenson)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: cabenson (cabenson)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: cabenson (cabenson)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)

OK, just so you know, now you've caused us to get divorced. :)

(HP over Indian?!!)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)

LOL! Oh, please do reconcile, I will feel guilty...

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)

Posted by: John :: Affirming Consequents, Denying Antecedents (idonotlikepeas)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)

http://www.weeklylowdown.com/pottertaran.shtml

(Also, L'Engle. :) And you forgot 'His Dark Materials".)

Posted by: The Bodhisattva of Kickin' Ass (rackletang)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ahem.

You forgot one option, just for me. I have never read any Harry Potter.

Seen the first two movies. Never read a single book.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Ahem.

You know, I started to put that option on each question, and then I was like, but, wait. If someone's not read Harry Potter then they can't answer any of the questions and so should not take the poll.

See, I ain't so dumb. ;)

Posted by: The Bodhisattva of Kickin' Ass (rackletang)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Ahem.

Posted by: John :: Affirming Consequents, Denying Antecedents (idonotlikepeas)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Ahem.

Posted by: Katie (october31st)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Draco Hikeeba

1. I like the HP books overall better than Narnia, but the atmosphere is so amazing in Narnia it was really hard to choose (the nigh-fundie message is a putoff in some of the later books), and 2. haven't read Diana Wynne Jone, but if HMC is half as amazing as the movie it may be another tough decision.

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