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Finally, finally and finally we are here with the second round of our debate contest!
The first round was between the teams of JK Rowling and Dan Brown. The results of that round will be declared soon.
The second round is between the teams of Meg Cabot and Sidney Sheldon. The teams are as follows:
The Guidlines for the Debate Contest, the rules and the marking criteria are as follows:
The second round of the Debate Will end on 25th October.
And now teams start debating and make your author No.1! The opening statment both the teams should be made ASAP
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On Behalf of the Meg Cabot Debators, I will be starting out with the opening statement.
Most Literary authors, these days, cannot seem to appeal to the minds of teenage girls and young women. Books are often written in terms, as well as topics, to which young women cannot relate to what so ever. Meg Cabot, however, has achieved this this complicated task. Such can be demonstrated by one of her works being selected as "one of the nation's 100 best-loved novels in Great Britian," Edgar Allan Poe Nomination, and serveral other awards and nominations.
Using Romance as her genre, Cabot has truly seccedded in which Sidney Sheldon has failed. At this moment, the question which is to ask is not what Cabot has acheived but what Sheldon has failed at? The answer to this question is simple. His greatest failure is his inability to to produce a single book worth of recognition. Sure, his screenplays have gotten some public recognition, however does that truly matter in the world of Literature?
I think not. Meg Cabot, on the contrary, is known world-wide as the talented author of the ever-so popular Princess Diaries, Mediator Series, and All-American Girl Series. Furthermore her work in Princess Diaries recieved the greatest recognition by becoming a movie produced by Walt Dinsey.
Another failure of Sheldon is his inability to appeal to a mass of people. Sheldon uses crime fiction and thriller as themes in most of his books, however in this new age one does not possibly want to care to about such. Instead, one would rather pick up a book which can take him or her away from stress fill world of reality to another dream world.
Think about would you rather want to read about women's prisions in If Tomorrow Comes or read about a palace located in Genovia such as that in The Princess Diaries? Without a doubt most, if not all, would choose the palace in Genovia. If a person wanted to read about harshness of prisions why pick up a fiction book? Why not a peice biographical work?
To sum up the opening statement, Meg Cabot is truly one of the greatest, not only in America but also the entire world. She possesses a great literatary talent which many authors envy, and also the great talent of appealing to a mass readers.
i wish to say the same thing adding that meg cabot books are surely very enjoyable 2 teens.......whereas sum sidney sheldons books dun make sense! i tried 2 read sum of her books and i just dun understand the concept!
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hey everyone! pooja.. sorry for joining in this debate so late, my computer just got repaired today. sorry again..
i'm on meg's team so here's my piece supporting her. (i'm not really good at debating so please don't mind my mistakes, if there are any).
firstly i think it's wrong to say that only teenagers enjoy meg cabot's work. anyone who is young at heart & has gone through the interesting yet confusing phase of teenage years would be able to relate to meg cabot's characters.
take her princess mia character in princess diaries for instance. she isn't a really intriguing character who is shrouded by mystery nor is she sensuous or stunningly beautiful. princess mia is a normal teenage girl going through a very tough phase in her life. just like most normal people go through.
i think meg cabot should be applauded because she has the ability to make her character 'feel' real. this feel is what i think lacks in a sidney sheldon book. true, he has mystery, romance & all the neccessary spice in his books but the tinge of realism meg has in her writing, sidney most definitely doesn't have it.
meg cabot also inserts subtle hints of morality in her stories. we can learn lessons on how to be loyal & how to look beyond appearances from her stories. meg phrases all those little advices in her books in such a way that you can't ignore it but are also compelled to follow it.
a 50 year old can enjoy a meg cabot book if he/she is young at heart. after all, even the 50 year old must have been a teenager at one point of his/her life. meg cabot's works remind everyone on how to treasure the teenage phase of your life & even if her readers are more mature meg has the flair to make them relieve their innocent teenage years through her books.
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