Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Way back when, epic poet Homer recounted the tale of Odysseus, a Greek king taking his sweet time sailing home from the Trojan War. Along the way, he faced dire situations and tough choices, not the least of which was running the gauntlet between Scylla (a six-headed sea monster) and Charybdis (a deadly whirlpool). Three thousand years later, novelist William Styron wove his own tale of impossible choices, about a woman named Sophie forced to decide which of her children would die at the hands of the Nazis.

Today we’re proposing a series of considerably less awful—yet still book based—conundrums in a gleeful little game of Would You Rather, Bas Bleu style. (Thanks to the folks over at Book Riot for the idea.) So, dear bluestockings, gather your book club, your dinner guests, or your carpool crew, and play along if you dare!

Would you rather

Marry Mr. Collins from Pride & Prejudice or room for life with Miss Bates from Emma?

Would you rather

Relinquish your library card or your driver’s license?

Would you rather

Read the same whodunit over and over for a year or read as many romance novels as you want without reading the final chapter to see if those crazy kids get together?

 Would you rather…

Hire Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes to prove you innocent if you’re framed for murder?

Would you rather…

Go to a party thrown by Jay Gatsby or Truman Capote?

 Would you rather…

Be caught reading 50 Shades of Grey by your minister or The Psychopath Test by your boss?

Would you rather…

Have tea with the (Mad) Hatter or cocktails with Ernest Hemingway?

Would you rather…

Be born into the Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County or the Corleone family of New York?

Would you rather…

Babysit Huck Finn or Fred and George Weasley?

Would you rather…

Hire Holden Caulfield or Don Quixote as your life coach?

 

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