Poll Results

 May 25, 2017
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Which book description do you like better for the book "Battlefield Earth"?

100 Respondents18-34 Fiction Reader

Option A

In the year A.D. 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than thirty-five thousand humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a post-apocalyptic Earth.

From a desolate village, in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

Enslaved by the sadistic Terl, the Psychlo Security Chief of Earth, Jonnie and a small band of survivors pit their quest for freedom against Terl's ruthless ambition for personal wealth and power in a rebellion that erupts across the continents of Earth and the cosmic sprawl of the Psychlo empire, with the fate of the world, of mankind and of the galaxies beyond, in the balance.


Score: 33
33 votes
Option B

In the year A.D. 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by alien conquerors known as Psychlos. Fewer than thirty-five thousand humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a post-apocalyptic Earth.

From the ashes of humanity rises a young hero, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler. Setting off on an initial quest to discover a hidden evil, Jonnie unlocks the mystery of humanity’s demise and unearths a crucial weakness in their oppressors.

Spreading the seeds of revolt, Jonnie and a small band of survivors pit their quest for freedom in an all-out rebellion that erupts across the continents of Earth and the cosmic sprawl of the Psychlo empire.

For the fate of the Galaxy lies on the Battlefield of Earth.


Score: 67
67 votes

Responses 
Showing 100/100 responses

33 Responses to Option A
1
This description does a great job of being very detailed but not too wordy. It really helps draw a better picture of what is happening in the story. The other one is more concise, but is much more bland.
2
Dialogue doesnt seem too drawn out.
3
Option A includes more of what the book is about.
4
Way more descriptive and paints the picture!
5
I liked option A better because t is more descriptive and because of that, I find it more enticing
6
Option A gives a better picture of who's come to earth and what's going on it makes it more interesting.
7
This one grabs my attention quicker.
8
more descriptive with vocabulary
9
I like the use of more descriptive language in option A. I feel it paints a much more vivid picture of the world and the tone.
10
It provides more detail and exposition to get me interested.
11
There's more crucial information in this description than in the other one. B gives a good overview but could be expanded more which A does.
12
Both are long and sort of rambling.
13
I like the extra details
14
I like this one a little better because it says more about the aliens. I have a better idea of what they're like.
15
A is a lot more detailed than B in my opinion. It gives me more of a better picture.
16
It's a more detailed synopsis
17
It's more descriptive and less cheesy.
18
Not even close
19
It's more descriptive.
20
It was more descriptive, the part about Colorado ties it to something I'm culturally familiar with.
21
It sounds more exciting.
22
A sounds more dramatic.
23
This one is more descriptive and allows me to visualize what is happening better.
24
The details make it much more interesting
25
more descriptive, which is what I would like from a book description
26
it gives a more detailed account of the book
27
A makes it sound more interesting! It definitely caught my attention better.
28
I like the extra details in this one.
29
A makes me feel "absorbed" into the story line.
30
It gives more information on the world in which the book is set.
31
It was far more descriptive and less generic.
32
it sounds way more interesting and fun than option B.
33
It paints a more vivid picture of the plot and characters.
67 Responses to Option B
1
Better job at getting the attention of the reader in a shorter description
2
Shorter is generally better to keep the reader's attention.
3
I think that A is a little wordy, but B is more short and sweet. Longer descriptions sometimes lose the attention of consumers. B would be the better description!
4
It looks a lot better not so long and drawn out and then when you read it, it flows better.
5
More concise and descriptive.
6
The premise of a mystery in option B is a bit more intriguing than the more generic "rebellion" story of option A.
7
I like the more broad scope
8
It's concise and easy read.
9
Doesn't give too much of the story away but has enough details to appeal to readers
10
I like when things are short and sweet. The other one is a little overwhelming.
11
sums up the story well enough to hook people no need to make it any longer
12
I feel that choice B reads easier than choice A. It is a lot more clear to read as far as how the ideas are organized. It makes me more interested in Jonnie and his small group of survivors.
13
A is more concise, B has unnecessary details for the premise
14
It's shorter, and more to the point - it has less irrelevant details that don't 'sell' the book.
15
It's shorter and to the point and leaves room to reveal more backstory throughout the game or later for those who want to look for it.
16
It gets too convoluted when you put that many details in it.
17
This option includes adequate language and ideal formatting.
18
ha, "goodboy" But, I like this slightly sorter one.
19
Option A contains too much information and overloads the reader with details rather then peaking their interests.
20
Option B is a much more brief overview of the book without being overly descriptive. It gives a better idea about what the book is about without giving away too much plot.
21
Option B is better in that it leaves more for the reader to discover during actual reading of the book. Option A gives a little too much away.
22
the other one has too many adjectives
23
I like how it is straight and to the point. The more you ramble the less they want to read the book
24
Choice A is too wordy
25
B is less wordy and more to the point
26
It was shorter but still managed to portray the concept well. Less text also makes me more interested in finding out more.
27
It is much more intriguing, gets more to the point
28
they are both dreadful but this was more tolerable because of the length
29
Covers all of what the other one does but shorter.
30
Feel like this was would peak my interest without going overboard with unnecessary adjectives .
31
Option A has too much unnecessary information; Option B gets straight to the point which makes it more compelling.
32
I chose B because A gets a bit confusing to read.
33
More straightforward about the happenings in the book.
34
It's more concise. People aren't going to want to read all of that in A if they're skimming for books to read.
35
I don't think " the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot" really needs to be in the description.
36
When reading a description of a book, I like to have some details but not too many. Option A had too many details and therefore the description seemed to go on for too long like they were trying to hard to sell the book. The shorter one was more intriguing.
37
More concise and easier to consume. The first option is overly descriptive and my attention began to wane as I read through it due to the abundance of more difficult words.
38
Cuts out the filler and sounds better than the film.
39
I prefer B because it doesn't give you too many details and it draws you in right away.
40
Gives a better synopsis.
41
more concise while still enough info
42
Shorter and easier to digest to get the same basic details.
43
I like this one because it's less descriptive.
44
B is more clear
45
It is a more concise, less bloated description.
46
I don't need quite that many details and it got to the point.
47
Both are a bit overly detailed but just the first sentence of A put me off entirely.
48
it's simpler and more consise. the other option had too many commas
49
I chose B because it tells you the plot of the story but doesn't give you all the information.
50
This one is shorter and more to the point.
51
i prefer a shorter synopsis over a longer, more drawn-out one.
52
It is shorter and more succinct, making it easier for people to read
53
I like that B gives the reader a good idea of the story while still being concise.
54
A was just a too wordy.
55
I liked it more because it was simpler to understand and it wasn't too wordy
56
I don't need all the names and details in a summary. I want brief information that will intrigue me and not bore me to death with details about the book. I want to be able to easily understand the summary which Option B does.
57
The first one was too long, and lost my focus
58
It is shorter yet has all the necessary information to pump one up for reading. The last sentence even relates to the title of the book
59
This provided vague enough information without detailing the entire plot.
60
Less wordy. got straight to the pooint.
61
It's more concise and sounds less cheesy
62
Option B is more engaging and sounds like a better story; Option A almost sounds like an educational breakdown of the book (mentioning the Hero's Journey, for example).
63
I think sounds more like a summary. I don't think the details of the characters are necessary on the back of the book.
64
I think that option A just provides too much detail while option B is nice and concise while still providing enough details to capture my interest.
65
More descriptive and to the point.
66
I believe B was more articulate and used less detail that made it a more interesting read.
67
Shorter. I don't want the description to tell the story.

Demographics

Age
18-34 (98%)
TraitPercentage
3-17 (0%)0
18-34 (98%)98
35-49 (2%)2
50-64 (0%)0
65+ (0%)0
Education
College (69%)
TraitPercentage
High School (13%)13
College (69%)69
Grad School (18%)18
Ethnicity
White (77%)
TraitPercentage
White (77%)77
Black (3%)3
Hispanic (5%)5
Asian (13%)13
Other (2%)2
Gender
Male (54%)
TraitPercentage
Male (54%)54
Female (46%)46
Income
$30-60k (43%)
TraitPercentage
$0-30k (41%)41
$30-60k (43%)43
$60-100k (11%)11
$100k+ (5%)5
Age for Option A
18-34 (97%)
TraitPercentage
3-17 (0%)0
18-34 (97%)97
35-49 (3%)3
50-64 (0%)0
65+ (0%)0
Education for Option A
College (64%)
TraitPercentage
High School (15%)15
College (64%)64
Grad School (21%)21
Ethnicity for Option A
White (73%)
TraitPercentage
White (73%)73
Black (6%)6
Hispanic (3%)3
Asian (15%)15
Other (3%)3
Gender for Option A
Male (55%)
TraitPercentage
Male (55%)55
Female (45%)45
Income for Option A
$30-60k (52%)
TraitPercentage
$0-30k (30%)30
$30-60k (52%)52
$60-100k (15%)15
$100k+ (3%)3
Age for Option B
18-34 (99%)
TraitPercentage
3-17 (0%)0
18-34 (99%)99
35-49 (1%)1
50-64 (0%)0
65+ (0%)0
Education for Option B
College (72%)
TraitPercentage
High School (12%)12
College (72%)72
Grad School (16%)16
Ethnicity for Option B
White (79%)
TraitPercentage
White (79%)79
Black (1%)1
Hispanic (6%)6
Asian (12%)12
Other (1%)1
Gender for Option B
Male (54%)
TraitPercentage
Male (54%)54
Female (46%)46
Income for Option B
$0-30k (46%)
TraitPercentage
$0-30k (46%)46
$30-60k (39%)39
$60-100k (9%)9
$100k+ (6%)6

A

Votes by demographic segment

B


Age
-
3-17 (None)
-
32%
18-34 (98)
67%
50%
35-49 (2)
50%
-
50-64 (None)
-
-
65+ (None)
-

Education
38%
High School (13)
61%
30%
College (69)
69%
38%
Grad School (18)
61%

Ethnicity
31%
White (77)
68%
66%
Black (3)
33%
20%
Hispanic (5)
80%
38%
Asian (13)
61%
50%
Other (2)
50%

Gender
33%
Male (54)
66%
32%
Female (46)
67%

Income
24%
$0-30k (41)
75%
39%
$30-60k (43)
60%
45%
$60-100k (11)
54%
20%
$100k+ (5)
80%
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