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Let’s Play Literary Would You Rather! (4th Edition)

It’s that time again.

It’s the game that absolutely no one has been waiting for…Literary Would You Rather!

We’ve played this game before (like here, here, and here), so let’s give it a go again.

I ask the stupid questions. You give the smart answers. Or something like that.

Here we go:

1. Would you rather live in Stalinist Russia or actually live on an animal farm—like, not in a house or anything, but actually with the animals?

2. Would you rather read nothing but horror novels for the rest of your life or romance novels for the rest of your life?

3. Would you rather have to eat 10 hot dogs in one sitting or read Infinite Jest backwards?

4. Who would you rather have as a son: Holden Caulifield (The Catcher in the Rye) or Alex Delarge (A Clockwork Orange)?

5. Would you rather write a famous classic and have to give up reading literature forever, or write in obscurity while reading as much as you want?

6. Would you rather read exclusively on an e-reader or “read” (listen) exclusively to audio books?

That’s all for now. Thanks for playing.

I’ll give you my answers to these ridiculous questions on Monday!

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  1. 1. I’d rather live in Stalinist Russia facing danger with courage, becoming part of an underground revolution.
    2. Stuck between Horror and Romance, I’d rather face the deprived creativity of a Horror story than be weighed down by routine narrative repeated with different places and names.
    3. Hot dogs
    4. Holden Caulifield, I guess.
    5. I’d rather write a famous classic to be read by millions than write words few read or care for.
    6.Though I prefer the feel of paper between my fingers, at least some eBooks include a page flipping feature.


    August 23, 2013
  2. First of all these are awful!
    1. Russia
    2. Romance Novels
    3. Infinite Jest backwards
    4. Holden Caulifield
    5. Write obscure, read as many as I want
    6. e-reader


    August 23, 2013
  3. Let’s go!

    1. With the animals, definitely. Animals are kinder than people. I’d make myself a nice bed in the hay!

    2. Horror. I despise romance. Not so fond of horror, either, but you know if I must choose…

    3. May I throw up the hotdogs? If so, I’ll take that. Actually, I’ll take that either way but it won’t be pretty.

    4. Holden, I suppose, considering I’ve never even read Clockwork and don’t know what I’d be getting myself into.

    5. The latter. I could never give up reading.

    6. EReader, definitely. I’m not a huge fan of audio books, save in situations such as long drives and working out.

    That was fun!



    August 23, 2013
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    August 23, 2013
  5. K. #

    1. It really depends on the animals…but I will still go with animals.
    2. Romance. If nothing else, really bad romance novels are hilarious.
    3. Hotdogs. Can’t type that fast enough.
    4. Holden. Again…can’t type that fast enough.
    5. Obscurity.
    6. EReader.


    August 23, 2013
  6. 1. Animals, for sure.
    2. Horror. Would take me back to my teen reading years 🙂
    3. Hmmm… hot dogs I guess? I found this to be the hardest question!
    4. Alex. I think the poor kid just needed someone who believed in him. That’ or rehabilitation 😉
    5. Obscurity. I already do this.
    6. I tend to make more time for my eReader rather than audiobooks.


    August 23, 2013
  7. 1. I’d totally rather live with the animals.
    2. UGH what a horrible decision… but I guess horror novels.
    3. 10 hot dogs. EASY.
    4. I haven’t read A Clockwork Orange yet, so I guess Holden? I’d definitely have to beat him though.
    5. Write as a nobody and read as much as I want.
    6. Read on an e-reader. I hate e-readers, but I think I’d hate not being able to read with my eyes even more.



    August 23, 2013
  8. These are pretty heavy! But I suppose I will have to go with…

    1. Stalinist…equal chance of being slaughtered but significantly more people to talk to.

    2. Horror Novels (at least there’s a story, right?)

    3. Infinite Jest backwards doesn’t seem so bad…since I haven’t read it forwards yet, perhaps it will be okay?

    4. Holden Caulifield..because whoa, that other kid is crazy!

    5. Write obscure, read as many as I want (kind of like what I’m doing now I guess)

    6. Definitely the e-reader, although nothing beats a good old yellowing hard cover!

    Thanks for creating this!


    August 23, 2013
  9. 1. I actually had to think about this one. Heh. I would live on an animal farm. I don’t really like sleeping outdoors (camping? no thanks.), but at this stage in my life I’d rather deal with that than be one of the people deported or sent to labour camps under Stalin. Neither one (farm/Stalinist Russia) sounds like any fun to me. I probably would have answered “Stalinist Russia” at a younger age, and I would have been part of some subversive underground group.

    2. Horror novels. No competition there. If I had to read romance novels for the rest of my life, I would be one unhappy person. Blerg.

    3. This one is also very easy: I would MUCH rather read IJ backwards. Hands down. I hate hotdogs (I call them Satan’s Schlongs), and I love IJ. So.

    4. I already have a moody teenage son, so I’ll go with Holden. He’s not much worse than what I’m already dealing with. Haha! I’d rather have a whiny teenager than a violent one any day.

    5. I would much rather write in obscurity and be able to read ALL THE BOOKS. I’m a reader before I’m a writer.

    6. This is also tough. I think I would rather read exclusively on an ereader. I enjoy listening to audiobooks, but not as much as I enjoy reading words on a page. An ereader would satisfy me more.


    August 23, 2013
    • “Satan’s schlongs”? As if I didn’t hate hot dogs enough, that only makes me hate them more. Hilarious.


      August 23, 2013
  10. 1. Stalinist Russia–My sense of smell would never withstand the animals.
    2. Nothing to read but romance novels is horror so I think that one cancels itself out.
    3. Hot dogs.
    4. Holden Caulfield
    5. This one hurts but since it’s my daily reality anyway, writing in obscurity while reading, I guess I’ll go for that!
    6. E-reader


    August 23, 2013
  11. 1. Gimme Stalinist Russia. I studied the heck of the era, so could (hopefully) lead a revolution to change the timeline of history! 😉 ha.

    2. Horror please. Romance are okay, but they have the same plot in everyone with a couple variations! Psshhh boring.

    3. Infinite Jest backwards? I would do it just for the challenge of reading backwards.

    4. Holden Caulifield. Rebel at heart, I wouldn’t mind.

    5. Write in obscurity while reading as much as I want! I can’t give up my books!

    6. Audio probably. I can get more done but it is more limited than an eReader-tough one!


    August 23, 2013
  12. 1. Stalinist Russia
    2. Romance novels
    3. Eat 10 hotdogs
    4. Holden Caulfield
    5. Write in obscurity and go on reading
    6. E-reader


    August 23, 2013
  13. 1. With the animals, please.

    2. Romance novels.

    3. Hot dogs, hands down. I don’t even want to read the alphabet backwards.

    4. Holden Caulifield

    5. Write in obscurity and read as much as I want (already there)

    6. E-reader; I still love to see the words, even if they are on a screen

    (This is fun, never done this before.)


    August 23, 2013
  14. 1. Animals – they’re more reasonable.
    2. Horror.
    3. Read the book backwards. I don’t have to understand it, right?
    4. Holden. I like him actually.
    5. Definitely love being anonymous and I wouldn’t be able to live without reading.
    6. E-reader. I have never listened to a book but I can’t imagine not being able to read.


    August 23, 2013
  15. I can’t answer all of these. But I can definitely say that I’d rather an e-reader over audio, as I’m tactile. And I would just eat the ten hot dogs. They taste better than they sound.


    August 23, 2013
  16. jamielynne82 #

    This is my first time playing – how fun!
    1. As long as I can still read – Russia. Farms…I just couldn’t.

    2. If I wanted to be petrified for all of eternity, I’d go with horror. Ha! I definitely vote Romance.

    3. Never read Infinite Jest, but the thought of that many hot dogs is disturbing, so I’ll go with the book.

    4. Holden Caulifield. Good jolly, I hope no one else picked the other option!

    5. I could never give up reading! So obscurity it is 🙂

    6. E-reader. I tried an audio book once and lasted 20 pages (which felt like 13 weeks).


    August 23, 2013
  17. Faye #

    This is a fab idea. And the first ‘would you rather’ I’ve seen since I started reading. I can see my other half being bored stupid by my own literary would you rathers on all future long-distance car journeys. And my answers:
    1. I hate myself for saying it, but in a house every time. I’m also allergic to animal fur. That’s my excuse.
    2. This is really hard. But I think romance edges it. I tend towards glass half full so I reckon unrelenting horror would wear me down. Although some might argue that unrelenting romance would have the same effect…
    3. 10 hotdogs. I read your reviews of Infinite jest.
    4. Holden Caulfield.
    5. Giving up reading is inconceivable. So obscurity beckons. I suspect this is why I haven’t written that novel yet.
    6. An e-reader. I don’t own one and likely never will but if the alternative is audio books, it’s an easy choice. I have nothing against audio books. I’d just miss the way words look too much. And the ability to re-read sentences and ‘flip’ back and forth.


    August 23, 2013
  18. 1. Stalinist Russia. I would go absolutely insane living alone with animals for the rest of my life. Plus, the thought of the love of my life … being a pig … is enough for me to run the other way. 😉
    2. Would probably read horror for the rest of my life, only because I think horror would include more elements than romances would.
    3. Uh, I’d eat 10 hot dogs on a dare, let alone vs. Infinite Jest backwards. 10 hot dogs wins this one hands down.
    4. Holden Caulfield. At least there’s hope with that kid haha.
    5. Write in obscurity and read like a maniac. Literary immortality would be cool, but once you’re dead you can’t enjoy it anyway, so who cares.
    6. E-reader. This one isn’t even close.

    Great questions!


    August 23, 2013
  19. 1. Russia . . . I hope with some knowledge of Cyrillic and an underground printing press.
    2. Horror.
    3. Hot dogs. Over faster!
    4. Holden Caulfield . . . but I’d ship him off to my mom to shape him up.
    5. Obscurity, for sure. I’m used to it. And c’mon, would anyone who reads this blog really want to give up reading?
    6. E-reader. Audio books are crazy-making.


    August 23, 2013
  20. Rachael #

    These aren’t terrible at all; I actually enjoyed them.

    1. I’d rather live with the animals regardless of the alternative. I’m not a people person.

    2. Romance novels. I like a good love story to escape

    3. I like hot dogs so that wouldn’t be a challenge at all. Although reading something backwards would be a great way to kill time.

    4. Would they have still been able to write the same books if I had mothered them? I don’t think I would want to jeopardize changing shaping them into people who wouldn’t have written the books they did.

    5. While I would love to be a published author of any rank, I’d rather be able to read forever. It’s really the main reason I don’t write more often-if I start a book I don’t accomplish anything else until I’m finished.

    6. E-reader. I hate audio books-I get distracted and realize I wasn’t paying attention and have to “rewind” in half-hour chunks usually.


    August 23, 2013
    • “4. Would they have still been able to write the same books if I had mothered them?” — You would not have to worry. They are the main characters, not the authors. They did not write the books, but simply appeared in them. Now, if you had to mother J.D. Salinger or Anthony Burgess, that would be another matter… and an interesting question itself.


      November 21, 2013
  21. 1. Russia. I like wearing clothes.
    2. I’d hate to read any genre of book exclusively, but I’ll go with romance. I’ll probably regret it.
    3. I’ll eat the hot dogs. That’s what they’re for. Books aren’t meant to be read backwards.
    4. Holden Caulfield can be my son. I could understand him, at least.
    5. Obscurity for me! Reading is always better than fame.
    6. eReader. I’ve never been able to follow audio books. I’m too easily distracted.


    August 23, 2013
  22. Denise #

    1. Animal farm for sure. As a human animal it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch plus because I have thumbs and a big brain, I could muck the stalls and figure out how to keep things tidy and smelling good.
    2. Horror because of the variety of horror vs. the lack of variety of romance. Plus romance IS horrific already so I think I could include it in the horror category if I became desperate.
    3. This was the hardest one. I loved Infinite Jest and I hate hot dogs. They make me sick, but Carolyn O. is right – it’d be over faster. One week of sickness vs. a year or more of backwards reading? Okay. Hot dogs.
    4. Holden. This was the easiest question.
    5. Obscurity. I prefer it anyway.
    6. I’m going with E-reader, although I hate them. By poor brain doesn’t want to look at anymore electronics than it absolutely has to to keep a job. But the narration in Audio books changes the whole story for me. I hate them more than e-readers. Hopefully I don’t lose my sight and have to switch to them!

    Thanks for the Friday fun post.


    August 23, 2013
  23. 1. I nearly chose Stalinist Russia but no, I think living on an animal farm (can it be an eco-friendly, organic, biodynamic farm, as opposed to a factory farm?) would be preferable.

    2. I loathe horror – both in novel and in movie format – so I’ll have to pick romance.

    3. I don’t eat meat and have never eaten it, so I’ll choose reading Infinite Jest backwards!

    4. That’s an easy choice: Holden Caulfield. I agree with Heather; whiny is better than violent. Having said that, I haven’t actually read A Clockwork Orange but I know enough about it to pick Holden straight away without as much as a moment of deliberation!

    5. As much as I like the idea of writing a classic, I would hate to never be able to read again. To be honest, I think that not reading would rank quite highly in the top 10 worst things that could happen to me.

    6. I have an e-reader and I also occasionally listen to audio-books on my iPod. But I would choose the e-reader over audio-books because it is closest to the printed page.

    That was fun! Thanks. I look forward to reading your answers. Have a great weekend!


    August 23, 2013
  24. 1. Stalinist Russia. I’m a monk by nature, so I think I would do okay. Love animals, but am fond of sleeping on beds with pillows and blankets.

    2. Romance novels hands down.

    3. Reading something backwards sounds like a fun or interesting challenge. And hot dogs are groase. Gross?

    4. Holden is my very human hero 🙂 Or son, in this case.

    5. I would never be able to give up writing… but I also wouldn’t want to ever give up reading… and I’m not interested in writing a classic, either… but I do want to achieve success as a pop culture writer of speculative and science fiction 🙂 I don’t like this question 😦 …lol

    6. E-reader. Assuming question #5 gets obliterated.

    🙂 Thanks for asking.


    August 23, 2013
  25. caroscuro #

    1) I would probably sleep with animals. Now it became like a Watership Down or Animal Farm oppressed type of environment, I’ll try to rise up and become the dictator.

    2) Well as dictator of this new Animal Farm, I would ban romance novels, and require horror novels to be read. Make horror, not love.

    3) I’ll take Infinite Jest, as I would fear that the pigs on my animal farm would revolt if they saw me eating hot dogs. But then again, perhaps it could work in my favor….

    4) I’ll take Alex. He can carry on my vision when I’m gone.

    5) Okay, I’ll be serious with this one: I would write a classic. Not for the popularity aspect, because I wouldn’t care if I was in obscurity forever, but because classics generally have a strong meaning and cause behind them that often change the face of literature and society. I would rather do good that way then write a whole bunch of stuff that doesn’t make anyone think or feel.

    6) e-reader. I’m a visual person. I can’t do books on tape.


    August 23, 2013
  26. Like almost everyone else (what is it with us, anyway???):
    1) Stalinist Russia
    2) Romance
    3) Hot dogs
    4) Holden
    5) Obscurity
    6) E-reader


    August 23, 2013
  27. una231 #

    I’ve never answered one of these before, but it’s a really good idea! I didn’t have to think too much about any of my answers, though.

    1. Russia. At least there’d be human interaction.

    2. Horror. Don’t think my body could endure all of the romance-induced vomiting it would be subject to.

    3. Hot dogs.

    4. Holden. He’s kind of sweet, actually.

    5. Obscurity. It’s not about the fame, it’s about how much you enjoy the literature you read/write.

    6. E-reader. I find the voices on audiotapes incredibly boring, and way too slow.


    August 23, 2013
  28. 1. Russia so that I could join an underground revolution.

    2. Horror novels are hilarious, especially when they get gory and involve cannibalism. I read one about a girl who fell in love with the guy who was eating her. Priceless.

    3. Infinite Jest.

    4. Alex, although I’d never actually tell anyone he was my son. I just think he’d be a fascinating specimen to study. And I love Clockwork Orange.

    5. Write in obscurity — I could never give up reading.

    6. Ick, these are both terrible choice. E-reader, I guess.


    August 23, 2013
  29. 1. With the animals for sure
    2. Horror for sure. Don’t like the ‘same story, different characters’ of romance.
    3. I’ll take the hot dogs.
    4. Holden Caulfield.
    5. Obscurity. Can’t give up reading!
    6. E-reader. I don’t mind audio books, but I need to see words once in a while!


    August 23, 2013
  30. 1.Starvation, persecution and cannon fodder, or cowpox? I’m going to go with cowpox.

    2. I thought many romance novels are horror novels? 😉 Both leave you twisted and with nightmares.

    3.As long as I can forego mustard, bring on the hotdog binge. If I had to read anything backwards it is possible Alex would a mere novice in the psycho department.

    4. I will take angsty over psychotic, so Holden. Bring on Mr. I was emo before emo was cool.

    5. Write a classic that never goes out of print. I can still read non fiction and hey, subtitles in movies, ha.

    6. E Reader. I’m not much on the audio, I am holding out-my eyes are not completely shot yet.


    August 23, 2013
  31. 1. Russia – might as well suffer it with people rather than the allegory.
    2. Romance – I’d never sleep again if it were horror.
    3. Hot dogs!
    4. Alex Delarge by default. Every time Holden says ‘It killed me’ I want to strangle him which isn’t a very maternal idea.
    5. Obscurity hand down – I’m a reader not a writer.
    6. Ereader – it is difficult to pretend that you’re working not reading when listening to audiobooks.
    Great game 🙂


    August 24, 2013
  32. 1. With the animals
    2. horror
    3. hot dogs (reading that novel period sounds like way too much work!)
    4. Holden Caufield (although he reminds me of an ex boyfriend who I’d like to slap) b/c I’ve never read A Clockwork Orange
    5. Write a classic (as much as I love reading the thought of writing a classic wins!)
    6. E-reader (I’ve tried listening to audio books and have failed miserably! I just can’t concentrate that way)

    This was fun by the way! 🙂


    August 24, 2013
  33. 1. With the animals – but only if I could talk with them.

    2. Horror novels – because they can be lovely while Romance novels can be horrible.

    3. I’d read Infinite Jest backwards – it sounds like an interesting challenge. What is Infinite Jest?

    4. Holden Caulifield – but I’d have to work pretty hard to stop his whinging and to convince him we’re all phonies on some level, so get over it.

    5. I love to read, and don’t crave fame, but to write a “classic” would be immensely satisfying.

    6. e-reader, since paperback is not an option in this question. I like to listen, but would rather do the reading myself.


    August 25, 2013
  34. 1. I would rather live with the animals. Because with animals, I can act like an animal and ain’t nothing better than letting yourself go. No rules, some boundaries, no limits (well I guess there are some limits but you get the idea)
    2. I would rather read nothing but horror novels.
    3. Ten Hotdogs in one sitting. Nuff said.
    4. I cannot make my mind up about this one bacause I am still in the process of reading Catcher in the Rye and still have yet to purchase Clockwork Orange.
    5. I would not want to give up reading, so I would rather write in obscurity.
    6. This is quite difficult but I guess I would have to go with listening exclusively to audio books (provided that all my audio book voice overs are done by Morgan Freeman).


    August 25, 2013
  35. 1. I’d rather live on an animal farm, I’ve always been a bit piggy.

    2. Romance novels to make up for the fact that i’m permanently single.

    3. I would rather eat 10 hot dogs (i told you i was piggy)

    4. Who would you rather have as a son: Holden Caulifield (The Catcher in the Rye) or Alex Delarge (A Clockwork Orange)? Holden Caulfield because he’s such a miserable loser (in my opinion).

    5. I’d rather write in obscurity and read as much as i want otherwise i might turn more crazy than i already am.

    6. Would you rather read exclusively on an e-reader or “read” (listen) exclusively to audio books?= Read on a e-reader. Peoples’ voices on audio books make me want to flush the tape-player down the toilet (i have actually done that before but i was only 6 years old so i guess i’m too mature for that kind of behaviour nowadays)

    Check out my blog that looks on the funny side of getting ready to live abroad for a year:


    August 25, 2013
  36. andregilfess #

    Would you rather write a famous classic and have to give up reading literature forever, or write in obscurity while reading as much as you want?

    Would you rather read exclusively on an e-reader or “read” (listen) exclusively to audio books? ed protocol


    April 25, 2015

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