While chatting in email with Meghan, we stumbled upon an idea we think you’ll love as much as we do. March is the month of brackets, as everyone who loves basketball, cake or pie knows. As we lean more towards bookish than sporty and we have a collective unconditional love of all desserts, we’re trying something different.
It’s lady heroine against lady heroine as we pit all of our favorite literary women against each other in a bracket challenge to the death. Okay, not to the death, just to the champion. Can Katniss destroy Jo March? Will Shakespeare’s Kate topple Tolkien’s Eowyn? It’s up to you, readers.
At this stage, we’re gathering a pool of contenders which we’ll narrow down to a list of 64 finalists. We’ve brainstormed amongst ourselves and come up with the list below, and now we need your help to fill it out. We want all the best women from all your favorite books, from YA fiction to sci-fi to fantasy to chick lit to classics and everything in between. We’re looking for ladies with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so help us make sure our final list is racially and culturally diverse.
We’ll be needing your help when we’ve narrowed the field down to the final 64 to prepare brief bios on all the contenders. In the meantime, feel free to use this and upcoming discussion posts and the forums to campaign for your favorites to make it to the finals.
Here’s who we’ve brainstormed so far. The interns, Meghan and I will keep this post updated with your suggestions, so bookmark this post and check back to see new additions.
Harriet the Spy
Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird
Frankie Addams from The Member of the Wedding
Portia from The Merchant of Venice
Dina Dalal from A Fine Balance
Susan and Lucy Pevensie
Claudia Kincaid from The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler
Celie from The Color Purple
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s novels
Rosalind from As You Like It
Kate from The Taming of the Shrew
Karin Murphy from The Dresden Files
Beatrix Potter (that one’s from Sara B and she said she knows she’s a writer and not a character but she had a badass life)
Irene Adler from A Study In Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes)