S.G. Browne

Fate vs Destiny Contest

Details on how to enter for a chance to win a personally signed copy of Fated are below. But first, some helpful info…

One of the distinctions I make in Fated is that fate and destiny are, contrary to popular opinion, not one in the same.

As Fate/Fabio points out in the first chapter:

Destiny can’t be forced on someone. If they’re forced into their circumstances, then that’s their fate. And fate has a morbid association with the inevitable, that something ominous is going to happen.

His fate was sealed.
A fatal disease.
A fate worse than death.

Destiny, on the other hand, is divinatory in nature and implies a favorable outcome, which generally carries a much more positive connotation.

Destiny smiled upon him.
She was destined for greatness.
It was her destiny.

After all, you never hear about anyone being “fated for greatness” or suffering “a destiny worse than death.” So it just made sense that there should be a distinction between the two. And that Fate would be overworked and frustrated with his single-term Presidents and one-hit wonders, while Destiny tormented him with her Super Bowl MVPs and Pulitzer Prize winning authors.

Destiny gets The Beatles while Fate gets Vanilla Ice.
She gets Meryl Streep while he gets Lindsay Lohan.

You get the idea.

Now on to the contest…

For a chance to win a personally signed copy of Fated (and perhaps some other goodies), e-mail me at scott@sgbrowne.com with your own example of Fate vs Destiny.  For example:

Destiny: The Beatles
Fate: Vanilla Ice

Feel free to get creative. Sports teams, movies, politicians, TV shows, inventions, food…whatever you think provides a good example of Fate vs Destiny. It’s all fair game.

Once the contest has ended, I’ll do a random drawing from all entries to determine the winners.

  • Open to residents of Canada and the U.S.
  • Contest ends 11:59PM PST on Sunday, October 24.

Any questions?  Feel free to ask.  Good luck!

Filed under: Fated — Tags: , , — S.G. Browne @ 10:56 am


  1. Sounds like fun, I’m going to get into this right now!

    Comment by Ronnie — October 23, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

  2. Sunday October 24?! But I didn’t even see this get to Goodreads (where I catch your new posts) until today … the 25th. Nerts, I missed it! :'(

    Comment by Zu — October 25, 2010 @ 10:35 am

  3. Hey Zu, sorry you missed it, but I’ll have another one in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for it.

    Comment by admin — October 25, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

  4. […] you to everyone who entered the Fate vs Destiny contest that ran this past Thursday through Sunday. My apologies to those who didn’t get a […]

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  5. Cool! I’ll keep an eye out! Actually, I’m not a zombie with removable body parts, so I’ll just keep both my eyes in my head, thank you, and watch the posts. :P

    Comment by Zuzana — October 27, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

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