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Poll Question: Which book do you like most?
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    Posted: November 16 2009 at 15:30
Both classics, and surely the most acclaimed from the dystopian-genre. Also, both influenced by 'We' by Zamyatin.

So, which book do(did) you prefer?


Edited by The Quiet One - November 16 2009 at 15:48
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rpe9p Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 16 2009 at 15:41
Unfortunately it was too long ago for me to remember why, but I didnt like Brave New World and I liked 1984
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1984. Brave New World has good ideas in it, but the plot is awfully dull.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Quiet One Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 16 2009 at 15:49
^I quite agree with you on the Brave New World statement. 1984 is way more grabbing on the plot aspect compared to Brave New World, while Brave New World is pretty much more original and creative.

My vote goes for 1984.
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They're two of my favorite books. 

I found 1984 more enjoyable to read and more useful as a reflection of actual ideology. 
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If the whole book was on par with the first chapter, Brave New World would have been better, but after the first part it gets a little boring. The ideas were interesting though. I also got tired of the Shakespeare references.

1984 is one of my favorite books.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Quiet One Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 16 2009 at 16:33
Originally posted by A Person

If the whole book was on par with the first chapter, Brave New World would have been better, but after the first part it gets a little boring. The ideas were interesting though. I also got tired of the Shakespeare references.

1984 is one of my favorite books.


You need to read We, though Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CPicard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 16 2009 at 16:45
'Brave New World' has proven to be the most clearvoyant in its predictions.
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Originally posted by The Quiet One

Originally posted by A Person

If the whole book was on par with the first chapter, Brave New World would have been better, but after the first part it gets a little boring. The ideas were interesting though. I also got tired of the Shakespeare references.

1984 is one of my favorite books.


You need to read We, though Wink

I'm planning on it, I still need to find a copy. I will be in town tomorrow, I'll try to pick it up then.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Quiet One Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 16 2009 at 16:50
Originally posted by CPicard

'Brave New World' has proven to be the most clearvoyant in its predictions.


And that makes it a better novel? Confused
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1984. I read Brave New World but it bore me. I read 1984 in no time, it was so great. And more interesting from a political point of view.
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When I first saw Brave New World I thought we were referring to the Iron Maiden albumLOL I don't read much to say the least, so I can't make a meaningful comment.

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I prefer Strawbs' Grave New World Wink

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Post Options Post Options   Quote zappaholic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 16 2009 at 19:40
1984 is probably my favorite novel.
 
When I think of the two dystopias - death by oppression in 1984, death by entertainment in Brave New World - I often think we're heading toward a combination of the two.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Quiet One Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 16 2009 at 19:41
Originally posted by J-Man

When I first saw Brave New World I thought we were referring to the Iron Maiden albumLOL I don't read much to say the least, so I can't make a meaningful comment.

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LOVED Brave New World, it wins simply because it had such a vivid and utterly believable world.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2009 at 00:28
1984.
 
Brave new world was great was about the first half, then took a big dive IMO. If it kept the pace going the whole way through this would be much much more difficult.
 
Not to say 1984 isn't awesome enough on its own to take this battle, because it is.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pekka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2009 at 08:22
Haven't heard 1984 (any of the five known to Wikipedia) but I love Brave New World.

Haven't read Brave New World, but I loved 1984. One of these days I'll read BNW too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Moogtron III Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2009 at 09:39
I read them a long time ago, and I love them both. I choose Brave New World for no other reason than taste.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2009 at 10:20
1984 is a more 'compelling' read, but there is something very significant in the prophecies of Brave New World, when you consider that it was written in the 1930's ( I think) when the idea of producing human babies through any means other than the natural route, was both horrific, and generally percieved to be impossible.

I guess I enjoyed 1984 more than BNW, but I was only 12 or so when I read BNW, so I'll need to give it another go.

I liked the film of 1984 too (with John Hurt) Does anyone remember the US mini series of BNW, back in the early 80's??
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