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July 25th, 2007
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Poll #1027394 Literary Bitch Fight

Who's the best?

George Eliot
Gestalt Brontes
Jane Austin

On the Gestalt Brontes, who's the best?


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Date:July 25th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
I would have voted for Thackery if you'd put him in the poll but definitely Eliot of those three.
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Date:July 25th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
How can I have a literary bitch fight with a boy?

Hmm, I have never read any Thackery, I should try. I do love Hardy at least as much as any of these...

*shush about Branwell, you pedants at the back there. He didn't write anything, did he?*
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Date:July 25th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
[x] GCSE English Literature killed my brain, you insensitive clod!
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Date:July 25th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
I didn't do any of them at GCSE FWIW.
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Date:July 25th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
I hated Jane Austen at school, but loved Wuthering Heights. Now, I still think that Wuthering Heights is my favourite of any of the Brontës' books, but I much prefer Austen.

The book that I took in my day bag when I was hiking the Inca trail was Sense and Sensibility, of all things, which definitely jars with the surroundings! Partly I took it because it was small and light, and partly because I'd reread Pride and Prejudice a little too recently. (Before you get too surprised that it wasn't JRRT, that was on my MP3 player and was what I listened to whilst actually hiking.)
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Date:July 25th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
I have always hated Jane Austin, but must admit I haven't actually tried to read any for about 10 years (after reading Emma and P+P at around 14 - 18 I gave up in disgust) Maybe it's time to try again.
Date:July 25th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
Shockingly, I've never read any of the above authors.

(I started a Jane Austen book once and hated the writing style.)
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Date:July 25th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
Jane Austen and Anne Bronte. (I can't hit Submit Poll successfully, the poll is coming and going.) Charlotte had more success but I find more personal enjoyment in Anne's work.
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Date:July 25th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Would this be the Jane Austin who wrote Fence and Fencibility?
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Date:July 25th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
I love Austen's work, so she'd win on pretty much any poll. Most of the Bronte books I've read I haven't touched since I left school (but didn't read at school - I went on a Bronte kick when I was about 15). Maybe I should.

(Oh, and we read Pride & Prejudice for GCSE. Also Hamlet and something else which I fail to remember. It's a long time ago, and GCSE blurs into the years before and AS level (for which, actually, we read Susan Hill's 'A bit of singing and dancing' (which I hated) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstein are dead (hence the Hamlet). So I do remember the distinction.))
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Date:July 25th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
I've never read anything by any of them. Can't you add Asimov and Heinlein to the list?

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Date:July 25th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Well, no, because they're not female. But she could add Ursula le Guin...
Date:July 25th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
Wuthering heights I've never re-read -- though I did start it a few weeks ago but obviously got distracted by something else -- I have a soft spot of [i]Agnes Grey[/i] and [i]Tenant of Wildfell Hall[/i] so I vote Anne, but I like Charlotte too. I re-read [i]The Professor[/i] a while ago which I like. Austen I like. Eliott I find a bit too depressing. [i]Silas Marner[/i] and [i]Mill on the Floss[/i] are re-readable but [i]Middlemarch[/i] is too long and annoying. I did here part of one of hers on Radio 4 the other week so maybe I should read it to work out what was going in on.
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Date:July 25th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
I think George Eliot is the best writer of this collection by far. But Jane Austen's funny, and has her own, junk-foody charm.

Anyway, all the above are clearly defeated hands-down by Georgette Heyer :D
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Date:July 25th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Date:July 25th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Overall, there are more Austen books I love than Bronte, but, for me, Wuthering Heights so far outshines everything else by any of these authors that Brontes win.

I don't like anything I've read by George Elliot, I must confess.
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Date:July 25th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
I intensely dislike Austen and Eliot, so it had to be the Brontes. And Wuthering Heights has a very special place in my heart because of the collective insanity it inspired in my A-Level English class. I want to like Eliot, mostly because my wonderful A-Level teacher wrote her MPhil on Eliot, and got us all to try reading some of her work. Unfortunately none of us enjoyed it. I think I might go back to it in a few years and see if I like it then.

Oh, and it had to be Branwell. He's exciting and bold and I drank a pint in the same pub he drank in, whilst shivering from getting caught in the rain up by Top Withins.
Date:July 26th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
When I have finished this blasted Anthony Trollope, my stamina for the social lives of Victorian idiots might have increased such that I can now read any of those who aren't called Bronte.
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