Memoirs or Autobiographies?

Memoirs or Autobiographies?

mmike1900 mmike1900
Which do you prefer? Feel free to explain your answer.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Memoirs
mmike1900 , Starkiller87 , lacybutton , mistressg , Bignuf , dv8 , freshbananas , Miss Morphine , Stagger13 , K101
10  (56%)
Autobiographies
northstar
1  (6%)
Neither
LQ , chicken12 , El-Jaro , Ghost , Lummox , unfulfilled , Kaltir
7  (39%)
Total votes: 18
Poll is closed
11/17/2011
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LQ LQ
What exactly is the difference? Seems like the same thing to me.
11/17/2011
mmike1900 mmike1900
Autobiographies are very enlightening and provide some rich details about important events, but I prefer memoirs for their colorful, vivid expressions that add emotion. Autobiographies can be dry and boring, like a textbook.
11/17/2011
mmike1900 mmike1900
Quote:
Originally posted by LQ
What exactly is the difference? Seems like the same thing to me.
They are similar, but memoirs are less formal and focus more on the writer/individual's feelings and thoughts. Autobiographies are more heavy in facts and chronology.
11/17/2011
LQ LQ
Quote:
Originally posted by mmike1900
They are similar, but memoirs are less formal and focus more on the writer/individual's feelings and thoughts. Autobiographies are more heavy in facts and chronology.
Ah, okay. That is sort of what I was thinking, but I don't read either type, so I wasn't sure.

All I can think of is memoirs getting turned into those "based on a true story" type movies where people die, everyone cries a lot, and then the screenwriter wins an Oscar. (Ahem. *bonks inner cynic on the head* Don't mind me...) *grin* *snicker*

Thank you for the clarification. I prefer fiction for entertainment reading.
11/17/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I like Memoirs because it feels like they are talking to you. And autobiographies sound so formal.
11/17/2011
mistressg mistressg
Memoirs!
11/17/2011
freshbananas freshbananas
Quote:
Originally posted by mmike1900
Which do you prefer? Feel free to explain your answer.
Autos can be a little self asorbed
11/19/2011
K101 K101
Memoirs for sure!
11/20/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I don't like reading either.
11/20/2011
Kaltir Kaltir
I don't care for either.
11/20/2011
mmike1900 mmike1900
Quote:
Originally posted by freshbananas
Autos can be a little self asorbed
yea just the idea of writing an autobiography seems a bit narcissistic.
11/22/2011
Total posts: 12
Unique posters: 8