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Let’s Play Literary Would You Rather! (5th Edition)

Here we go again.

It’s the fifth edition of Literary Would You Rather, a fun little game I started doing on the blog back in October 2012.

You know the drill, so let’s get started:

1)    Would you rather be remembered like Ernest Hemingway (prolific novelist who battles depression and alcohol, kills himself) or remembered like Harper Lee (who only wrote one novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, never wrote again, and lives a presumably quiet, peaceful life)?

2)    Would you rather learn how to write in your native language from right to left or learn how to speak fluent Chinese (assuming you don’t already speak fluent Chinese)?

3)    Would you rather write the famous novel or the famous screenplay based on the novel?

4)    Would you rather have this guy’s mullet for the rest of your life:

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Or George Orwell’s child molester mustache the rest of your life?

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5)    Would you rather have an 80-hour-a-week job that makes millions but only allows you to read one book a month, or have a 40-hour-a-week job that earns just enough to pay the bills but allows you to read as much as you want?

6)    What’s your least favorite genre of books? Now, would you rather have life in prison with the ability, and time, to read every book you ever wanted, or live as a free person but be forced to only read books out of your least favorite genre for the rest of your life?

Thanks for playing! Feel free to write all your answers in the comments.

I’ll post my answers on Monday!

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  1. oh my, No 6 is a killer!

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    February 14, 2014
  2. 6.) Is the prison in Norway? That would be awesome.

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    February 14, 2014
  3. Harper, Chinese, novel, mullet…ugh, 40-hour and books for sure!, and..ugh…I guess freedom plus books I hate, but that was hard. In the last scenario, I suppose I could always keep writing books. I could make a little loophole. 🙂

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    February 14, 2014
  4. 1)Hemingway
    2)Right to Left
    3)Famous novel
    4)Molester Mustache (for sure)
    5)80 hours a week because then I could pay people to read books to me while I worked.
    6) Is it a really nice prison? Like with work release? I think even with the nicest prison I have to choose freedom.Freedom and romance novels. Urgh.

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    February 14, 2014
  5. 1wyrdsmith #

    Harper (Hemingway was a jerk), Chinese (is Arabic an option?), novel, mullet (I used to have one, so I’d know how to style it), 40 hours & reading (who wants to work 80+ hours a week?!), I pick jail (as long as I’m in solitary) and books, I wouldn’t last two days reading only romance novels!

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    February 14, 2014
  6. Tough questions! Here are my answers (with commentary!):

    1. Remembered like Harper Lee. Depression and alcoholism are not worth writing prolifically and ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is still a classic.

    2. Assuming I could already write I’d pick being able to speak Chinese but it seems like the two are mutually exclusive so I’m going to go with being able to write.

    3. Write the famous novel, so it’s all mine and doesn’t have directors and producers etc all over it. Selfish, I know…

    4.The mullet. I’m a girl, I’m NOT having a moustache. And at least with the mullet I could wear a wig or something.

    5. Depends what the job is. If the job is my dream job then the 80 hour/week would be my choice. If the job was absolutely horrible then I’d rather be poor in money and rich in time.

    6. I’m not sure I have a least favourite genre. Probably political novels or something like that. Anything really dry, basically. I’d probably pick living as a free person, because most of my least favourite books seem to be the classics so I’d be rounding myself out as a person if I had to read them.

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    February 14, 2014
  7. 1 Lee – I choose happiness over fame.
    2 Chinese – I’d have more people to talk to.
    3 Novel – Either one would be fine with me.
    4 Mustache – That mullet scares me,
    5 80 hour a week job – I’d retire early.
    6 Free person – As long as I’m making millions and reading only one book a month, I wouldn’t mind if I was reading a book I’d didn’t enjoy.

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    February 14, 2014
    • Sam #

      Is that cheating for #5? 🙂

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      February 14, 2014
  8. Sam #

    1) Hemingway all the way!
    2) Fluent Chinese. I love learning other languages.
    3) Famous novel. Then there will be people watching the credits waiting for my name to scroll by (I do this with book/movies, waiting to see how long until the person whose idea I’m about to see come to life has their name on screen).
    4). Mullet. As a woman, I could style that to look not as terrible haha.
    5) Oooh, tough. I’m closer to the 40 situation now and I’m happy so I’ll say that one.
    6) Harlequin Romance is my least favorite and I’d rather be forced to read that than be locked up!

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    February 14, 2014
  9. This is hilarious and so are some of the answers 😀 I’d have to go with a one-time novel/ classic. (Harper) I’d rather write and be somewhat happy than in need of a therapist and AA meetings. I’m afraid of planes and will likely never visit China (unless I can get there by bus), but learning another language is fun. (Fluent Chinese) People always return to the book to see what the screenwriters left out. (Write the famous novel) I’ll take the mullet over the “child molester mustache” please. There’s no way I’m working 80-something hours. Books and the basic 40 hours is enough for me. And give me my freedom! (I guess Harlequin novels and scientific journals will have to do:-(

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    February 14, 2014
  10. Reblogged this on whatevertheyaint and commented:
    Take the quiz! The choices and responses are hilarious.

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    February 14, 2014
  11. Delilah #

    1. Lee 2. Chinese 3. Screenplay (because my writing plays out like a movie anyway) 4. Mullet…yuck, but better than the alternative. 5. 40, but I’d sure miss the money. 6. Least favorite genre because if I can’t have my freedom I will eventually be too bored to even read. Also, if it is at least well written…I’m sure I could enjoy most any genre.

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  12. D'ascent #

    Good golly.
    1) HLee please. (Am over the Drug-addled or Suicidal-prone Artist route)
    2) ???? (Dude. As an Chimese-American, I’m still struggling to speak my so-called native tongue)
    3) Novel (I find that most peeps rarely know the name of write of Screenplay)
    4) Molester ‘Stache (Ahem. Isn’t this akin to the hipster Brooklyn ‘stache??)
    5) 40 hrs.
    6).???? Stumped. Truly Stumped.

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    February 14, 2014
  13. mullet beats a mustache any day 🙂 lol

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    February 14, 2014
  14. Well here is mine: 1- Harper Lee 2- Chinese 3- Novel 4- Mullet (child molester? horrible) 4- 80 hr week (audiobooks rock!!!) 5- Freedom always!!!
    Happy Valentine’ Day!!!! to everyone 🙂

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    February 14, 2014
  15. 1. Hemingway- as the idea of living a quiet peaceful life scares me
    2.Chinese !
    3.Famous novel
    4.That was a tricky one wasn’t it ? 🙂
    5.Just one book a month? I would not call this lifestyle a happy life
    6.Hmm.. I don’t really have a favorite genre..I try to enjoy all the genres, so I would pick to be a free person 🙂

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    February 14, 2014
  16. I would rather get on with the project!

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    February 14, 2014
  17. Denise #

    So fun!
    1. Harper Lee
    2. Chinese
    3. Famous novel
    4. Mullet, in a ponytail, with a closet full of awesome hats. As a woman, the mustache is just too mustache-y.
    5. 80 hours, millions of $, and one good book a month – Quality over quantity for sure. Plus, I’m already over halfway to retirement, so what the heck.
    6. Freedom & Sci-Fi

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    February 14, 2014
  18. Hey … number 6 sounds kinda like yours now.

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    February 14, 2014
    • Now really Robert. Took some time to think about this one. Oxymoron ~ you are not. Number 6 seems to be your story here . . and is one?

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      February 14, 2014
  19. Liz #

    1. Harper Lee
    2. Chinese
    3. Novel
    4. Need something for women here I think, how about feathered disco hair vs bald?
    5. 40 hour week
    6. Prison reader

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    February 14, 2014
  20. Hi,
    can you allow me to translate these tests to my native language with the link of the originals? (If I just reblog in english, nobody would care, I’m afraid.)

    And my answers: 1) Lee. Sorry, maybe the translation is bad, but I hate Hemingway novels. And actually, I’m not alcoholic, neither workaholic or something. And never want to be. 2.) Writing. Chinese is useful, but I had hard times even with english… I’m not good at learning languages. So I don’t like it. 3.) Novel. Definitely. 4.) Mullet. (As a women, do I have to explain?) 5.) 40. I have enough books to read without buying new ones 😄 And the library is open… 6.) Prison in which country? If it’s here in Hungary, then definitely freedom and less reading. And more gaming and writing instead, perharps? 🙂

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    February 14, 2014
  21. Okay, here goes. The first three were easy, I’d def rather be Harper Lee and create one masterpiece and live quietly and happily than many and struggle. I’d also rather learn Chinese because that would be great and as long as I CAN write who cares how I do it. I’d also totally rather write the novel than the screenplay because translating others work is so challenging and I like staying to true to the original. Also no one really knows who these great screenwriters are.
    Now it gets harder…for four (assuming I were a man) maybe the mustache? I honestly don’t know but mullets make me cringe more than mustaches usually so that’s what I’m going to go with. I’d usually say that I’d rather make less money and read more, but if I still get to read one book a month maybe I’d prefer the busier job? But actually no, because 80 hours is crazy and that would leave no time for all the music and writing and other things I love. So yes, less money please.
    I hate this last question. I like to roam and travel so much that I don’t know if I could stay in prison happily for ever…but I DO have a great imagination, so who knows…

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  22. 1.Hemingway. No way I want to write just one novel and live with writer’s block for the rest of my life.
    2.Actually I prefer to write upside down. Does that count?
    3. Write the novel. Let some poorly paid smuck of a screenwriter who can’t write a novel worth a darn adapt my novel. Course he may have trouble with that episode of the three-some with Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald. But that’s his/her problem.
    4.I’m the Orwell.
    5. If I am making my cash writing blockbusters, I will take the 80 hours.
    6. I will take the prison life, especially if it’s one of those country club prisons. No way I am going to read romances till I die.

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  23. J.R.Barker #

    1. Harper Lee’s One book wonder, I don’t want to deal with depression
    2. Native language, can get more writing done.
    3.Novel
    4. Mullet? Girls don’t suit moustaches.
    5. 40 hour week, no way I want to work 80 hours and have to read rubbish.
    6. ………… Prison.

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  24. tweaverville #

    Reblogged this on Tweaverville's Blog and commented:
    I too would love to know your answers to these questions. And will post my answers later.

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  25. I would definitely prefer to be remembered like Harper Lee. One good solid novel (the great American story) over numerous droning stories.
    That was a tough one. I think I’d like to speak fluent Chinese.I already know how to write.
    The famous novel and retain rights on who writes the screenplay.
    As an older woman I prefer the mullet. I’d look silly with the mustache.
    I’d definitely prefer the 40-hour work week. I’ve done both. The former made me somewhat insane.
    My least favorite genre is definitely romances. I HATE Nicholas Sparks. But I would still prefer my freedom because my imagination would allow me to make mental adjustments to the dreck. And I could always write my own books.

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  26. Question #5 – definitely would be satisfied with the 40 hour/week job if the job doesn’t involve extreme burn-out (as mine currently does).

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  27. betternotbroken #

    1)Harper Lee (one great one is more than enough and sans tragedy is a bonus)
    2)Chinese
    3)Famous Novel
    4) Neither – I agree with Liz so I will go with feathered hair – the female mullet
    5) 80 hour work week to save my millions – quit and then have time to read
    6) Chick lit

    Lizzie you get a thumbs up for your lack of enthusiasm for Nicholas Sparks. Somehow to me Chick Lit is more oppressive than romance. Why? I have no idea.

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    February 15, 2014
  28. Challenging choices…nicely done.

    Definitely: 1. Harper Lee, 2. Chinese, 3. the Novel
    Somewhat ambivalently: 4. Orwell
    Reluctantly (hate both choices): 5. 80 hours a week, 6. Not prison, so I’ll be reading romance novels

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    February 15, 2014
  29. 1) Harper Lee 2) Chinese 3) Novel 4) Have had both a mullet and a moustache (lol), have neither now… given I’m a woman, mullet I suppose. 5) I’m lucky if I read one book a month now, so if I was working 80 hours and making millions and still able to read one book a month, that would be great! 6) Freedom. Least fave genre, Sci-Fi, thought I have read Sci-Fi that I liked so could I augment with blog reading of my choice?? I’m embarrassed how long it has taken me to answer these questions. Gawd.

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    February 15, 2014
  30. 1. Harper Lee
    2. Chinese
    3. Novel
    4. Why?? WHY?? Moustache (only because I am sporting one atm and need to shave)
    5. 80 hours a week. With the rate I am going at, I finish a book within 9 months, so….
    6. Not in jail (hence I will be reading erotic and romance books)

    Question 4 and 6 took the longest time to choose. Why mullet or moustache. Both are really bad. I was throwing up between the two choices for 6. Both very convincing.

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    February 16, 2014
  31. 1. Hemingway.

    2. Native language, right to left. That would be cool.

    3. Famous novel.

    4. George Orwell’s moustache. I don’t get the child molester reference, and that mullet is TERRIBLE.

    5. 40-hour-a-week job. For sure.

    6. I’d rather be free and read romance novels for the rest of my life than spend my life in prison. Life in prison is never as easy or as idyllic as this question makes it sound.

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  32. Emily #

    1. I’m going with Harper Lee. That way, people aren’t in my personal life and even though I’ve only written one book, it was a damn good book.

    2.I’m going to learn Chinese! Writing in English from right to left would not be a fun time and learning languages can be fun and helps break cultural barriers.

    3. I would much rather write the famous novel. Everyone knows that the book is better than the movie.

    4. I’m going with the mullet. I could at least find some way to style that into something that isn’t, well, hideous.

    5. I’d take the 40 hour a week job. There’s no sense in having millions of dollars and never being able to do anything with it.

    6. I really can’t put a finger on what my least favorite book genre is right now, but I’d much rather read that for the rest of my life as a free person than spend it in prison, because then I could do other things besides read books. I love books and I love reading, but life is full of other adventures that are just as meaningful.

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    February 16, 2014
  33. 1) Hemingway may have been a jerk, but he had fun and I’ve already written several books so I guess I’ll choose Hemingway…

    2) English right to left…great coding possibilities

    3) The famous novel, I’m still waiting on someone to come write the screenplay for my series.

    4) The mullet, I can always pull it back or learn to style it. There isn’t much to do with that dirty looking growth on his upper lip.

    5) If the 80 hour a week job is that of a book editor or agent then maybe I could discover and help the next great author/book. Otherwise, 40 hours and all the books I can get my little hands on.

    6) I would go insane in prison but there’s always something interesting to find in any type of book. I couldn’t actually decide what my least favorite genre is but probably non-fiction lol

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    February 17, 2014
  34. Harper(she doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone after the first), Chinese, Novel, Mullet (better than my haircut at the moment), 40 hours of poor girl’s blissful lollygagging and reading preferably with stalk of hay in my mouth); vampire romances but I’ll stay out of jail and read Vanity Fair magazine instead, thanks> Great questions.

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    February 17, 2014
  35. 1. Hemingway, if I have to be true to myself.
    2. Chinese. I already started Chinese.
    3. Screenplay, I think. I’m a film person. I think I would have a good time working with an author to translate their work to the screen – I wouldn’t do it quite like Kubrick. Even though he’s my favorite.
    4. Um.
    5. 80 Hours a week. That would leave me with millions of dollars and roughly 40 hours a week to goof off. That’s all I need.
    6. I’m not sure. Maybe true crime? I’d rather be free, regardless.

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    February 19, 2014
  36. YOU CAN’T BE IN PRISON IF YOU HAVE YOUR FAV. BOOKS TO READ!!

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    February 21, 2015

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