Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel
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The difficult nth novel

The subject came up with mr_snips of this parish (who hasn't posted for over 2 years I see) as to which would be the best novel to read of all writers if you were going to commit yourself to one number e.g. all 1st novels, all 2nd novels, all 3rd novels etc.
The broad brush arguments are clearly
a) people will get more polished as n increases
b) ... but maybe less fresh / original
c) ... and as n increases things will be published based on their reputation
d) ... and eventually the 'brain eater' will get them
Interestingly, Mr Snips and I both came up with the same number.
So clearly this needs a poll. Any explanations, examples in the comments welcome of course.
Voting does not implicitly or explicitly imply that you think this is in any way a sensible idea.

If you had to only read the nth published novels of all authors, what would n be?

1
1(7.7%)
2
1(7.7%)
3
11(84.6%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
A number > 5 I will explain in the comments
0(0.0%)
This is clearly so ludicrous I am not going to say, despite the caveat
0(0.0%)
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