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Who, in your opinion, writes the most attention-keeping, easy-flowing story?

 
  418 votes, 38.6%

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock, of course)
 
  393 votes, 36.3%

 
  162 votes, 15.0%

Baroness Emmuska Orczy (Scarlet Pimpernel)
 
  55 votes, 5.1%

Elizabeth Gaskell (Wives & Daughters, Cranford)
 
  33 votes, 3.0%

John Buchan (Thirty-Nine Steps, Hannay series)
 
  22 votes, 2.0%


Poll added by: Melody



Comments (showing 1-19 of 19) (19 new)

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message 1: by Melody (new)

Melody Very hard for me to choose, that I know. I didn't realize I'd created such a difficult poll!


message 2: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I love Sherlock, but I read Jane Austen way more, so I'll go with her.


message 3: by Sam (new)

Sam It was a very hard poll! But I went with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, because when I was younger I had a hard time getting through some of Jane Austen's, and I was found it so easy to read Sherlock! :) But now, I glide through Jane Austen's just as easily, so it really should be a tie! :D


message 4: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Surely impossible to choose, but for 'easy' reading, I guess Jane Austen would take it.


message 5: by Z (new)

Z Paulo Coelho


message 6: by Exodus (new)

Exodus i can't choose between Jane Austen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. i love them both.


message 7: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle So hard! I love Jane Austen but one of my favorite books is the Scarlet Pimpernel


message 8: by Peter John (new)

Peter John None of the above. They all make me work hard to read.


message 9: by Torie (new)

Torie I agree with Peter John.
I would say Ted Dekker. Brilliant author!


message 10: by Jd (new)

Jd what is the world coming to? Jane Austen beating anyone, let alone Doyle, for most attention-keeping!? No, just no. I dont care if you like Jane Austen or not, but can you really say that Pride and Prejudice was attention-keeping? I cant. It was probably the least attention keeping thing Ive ever read.

To me, attention keeping means that the book has a lot of, you know, PLOT DEVELOPMENT!!! When I was reading P&P all I could think was "How is it relevant that they are going to another ball, which convinces Elizabeth that she doesn't like Darcy? She already doesn't like Darcy! Repetition for effect is fine, but how is it attention-keeping!?

Maybe you could argue that the last, I don't know, third to a quarter of the book was interesting enough to make you want to find out what happens, but up to that point, I had to force myself to pick through the hard to read English and lack of developmant.

Once again, you can like P&P for whatever reason you want (I don't, but that's just my opinion) but it is in no way attention keeping.

Also, yes, I know that that its for Jane Austen and not P&P, Im just using it as an example.


message 11: by B.L. Aldrich (new)

B.L. Aldrich Not to offend anyone who chose him, but, in my opinion (which does not rule the world) I don't see how Dickens could ever be considered "easy flowing" with all the rabbit chasing he tends to do. And I truly do LOVE Dickens, but both Little Dorrit and Bleak House flat out rambled at certain points.

I voted Doyle on the same grounds that Sam did. :)

Fantastic poll. Good arguments could be made for every choice.


message 12: by Faith (new)

Faith I confess that I find Jane Austen incredibly dry and not at all interesting. I've managed to get through one of her novels (Persuasion) - the rest of them I've given up on. However, I am massively in the minority. For me, Dickens just bubbles along magnificently, especially in his later work. So glorious.


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

None of the above.


message 15: by Cody (new)

Cody Torie wrote: "I agree with Peter John.
I would say Ted Dekker. Brilliant author!"


Peter John wrote: "None of the above. They all make me work hard to read."

I agree with Torie lost many hours of sleep in dekkers pages!


message 16: by Rashae (new)

Rashae Baroness Orczy all the way!!! Her books are my favorite ever! Perfect combination of romance, action, humor, and good literature. Definitely recommend them.


message 17: by Catya (LizBenAt) (new)

Catya (LizBenAt) I love Austen, Dickens and Doyle, but I have to go with Austen.
Whenever I read her books it feels like they just suck me in and make me forget everything else!


message 18: by Elin (new)

Elin Argh, hard!! I absolutely LOVE Austen, Orczy and Doyle. I have never read Buchan or Gaskell, and Dickens is always very readable.

This feels like a horrible betrayal of Doyle and Austen but I'm going to have to say, Orczy. No wait- Doyle. No wait- this is impossible...I give up!


message 19: by Suzannah (new)

Suzannah I've read ALL the authors on this list and...People! People! How in the world is John Buchan at the bottom of this list??? Read some Buchan if you want a gripping story! The man invented the modern spy novel!


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