Middlemarch Madness – Narrowing the Sci-fi/Fantasy Olds

Last night we looked at the nominees for the YA SciFi/Fantasy division of our upcoming Middlemarch bracket competition.  We have our top 16, which I’ll reveal after the cut.  It was close among everyone in the top spots, except for Hermione (80% of you voted for her) and Meg Murray, who both got at least twice as many votes as anyone else.

Tonight, we’re focusing on the Adult lit end of the SciFi/Fantasy spectrum to find our top 16 grown-up badasses who will be duking it out until there is but one.  Like yesterday, you can pick up to five of your favorites and the 16 with the highest number of votes will move on.   We don’t have to axe nearly as many ladies in any of the remaining divisions, so perhaps these votes will be less painful.   First, let’s look at the list of YA contenders, in order from most to least votes.

1. Hermione Granger

2. Meg Murray

3.  Katniss Everdeen & Lyra Belaqua

4. Eowyn

5. Coraline, Alanna & Luna Lovegood

6. Ginny Weasley

7. Cimorene

8. Alice (of In Wonderland fame)

9. Vicky Austin

10. Tiffany Aching, Lucy Pevensie & Sabriel

11. Tally Youngblood

Moving on to tonight’s list, here are your nominees:

Susan Sto Helit, Esmerelda Weatherwax, Gytha Ogg, Adora Belle Dearheart, Sacharissa Cripslock, Sybil Vimes, Angua, Cheery Littlebottom.  All from Terry Pratchett.

Anathema Device from Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Karin Murphy, Molly Canpenter and Charity Carpenter from Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files series

Janelle from Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series

Morgaine and Viviane from The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Anita Blake from the Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Liath from the Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliott

Nynaeve, Egwene, Aviendha, and Elayne from The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Rachel Morgan from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Tarma and Kethry, Kerowyn, and Elspeth from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Harry from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Jenna/Skada from Jane Yolen’s Kushiel’s Dart

Phedre from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart

Fran from Stephen King’s The Stand

And on with the vote-y goodness.  Remember – you can pick up to five!

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19 thoughts on “Middlemarch Madness – Narrowing the Sci-fi/Fantasy Olds”

  1. Lyra, Lyra, a thousand times Lyra!

    I’d love to grab a drink with Cimorene.

    As for the Olds division, Phedre is all kinds of awesomesauce. She’s so dramatic, I love her.

    Robin McKinley’s heroines will always be dear to me. I grew up wanting to be both Aerin and Harry. Then I hit adolescence and wanted to be Sabriel: quiet and strong, she does what needs to be done.

  2. I’m a little bummed that Isabelle Lightwood* from The Mortal Instruments series wasn’t included in the YA. Also Yelena from Maria V. Snyder’s trilogy. And Nasauda from Paolini’s Inheritance cycle.

    *Not Clary though, she’s kind of a lame heroine.

    And *shudder* on the Anita Blake.

      1. I find everything that happens with Anita after book 7 or so to be so egregious, it totally nullifies how awesome she was in the first couple of books. After she told her best friend she was ‘just jealous’ because lots of guys wanted to fuck Anita and not her, and talked about how she never has any female friends, I was done with her.

        Once the thin line between character and Mary Sue was crossed, Anita was ruined. And it was a pity — hard boiled supernatural noir with a female lead is something I could love so hard.

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