Middlemarch: YA Fiction Elimination

This is our smallest group, so only one of these badasses of YA fiction will have to be sent packing before the fun begins.  Yet, I think this may end up being one of our toughest races.  I know I am personally attached to many of these young women, and I know many of our bookish friends feel the same.   Grab a comforting treat, whether it’s your favorite Snuggie or a cup of hot cocoa (or in Selena world, both!) and get ready to make some hard decisions.

First up, after a heart clutching moment of panic around 1 AM when Google temporarily ate the entire poll (but kept the data, so, um, go Google?), the results (from most votes to least) of the adult Sci-fi/Fantasy poll from yesterday:

Anathema Device


Esmerelda Weatherwax


Susan Sto Helit

Karin Murphy

Grytha Ogg






Adora Belle Dearheart

Charity Carpenter

Tarma and Kethry


And now for tonight’s contenders:

Harriet the Spy, title character by Louise Fitzhugh

Blair Waldorf from the Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar

Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nancy Drew, title character of a series of books by Carolyn Keene

Margaret Simon from Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Ramona Quimby from the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary

Lesley from Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Emily Byrd Starr from the Emily novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Claudia Kincaid from The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Laura Ingalls from the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (or possibly Rose Wilder Lane)

Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Remy from Sarah Dessen’s This Lullaby.

Jessica “Not So” Darling from Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Frankie Landau-Banks from the Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by Emily Lockhart

Because Google Docs is testing my patience, we’re going to do this vote a little differently.  I’m about to go all caps on you, I’m not shouting, I just want to make sure you read the new instructions before you vote.


The badass with the most votes will pack her bookmarks and go.

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49 thoughts on “Middlemarch: YA Fiction Elimination”

  1. My vote is for Anne by way of Green Gables. When I was a kid reading the series she bugged me so much, she came across as a very girly miss perfect. Which was very much the opposite of me at the time.

    That and her “I hate Gilbert Blythe so much” crap, just marry him already.

  2. Blair Waldorf needs to GO.

    Also, this is the perfect time to share my proudest childhood memory: When I was about ten, my local Waldenbooks held a Ramona Quimby lookalike contest. You had to give them a picture of yourself and write a paragraph about why you loved Ramona. I *loved* Ramona. I still do. She is awesome. So I entered the contest.

    And I won.

    I look nothing like Ramona Quimby. I was a skinny, blond, blue-eyed California girl. I was also the only person who was dorky enough to enter a freaking Ramona Quimby lookalike contest. And I didn’t care–They gave me a free Ramona book, and I kept it for years. And I can’t wait to buy my daughters the set, now that they’re starting to read.

  3. I would like to eliminate Blair Waldorf, because I’m not sure how she got nominated in the first place. From what I know of GG, she just perpetuates girl-on-girl hate. Whatever.

    If we were voting FOR someone, I would be throwing all my support behind Melinda from Speak. Homegirl is my HERO.

  4. Because, at the ripe age of 8 I – the tomboy that I am – was forced to attend a tea party, in a dress (!) with ruffles (!!) and monday-to-friday gloves (!!!), I cast my vote for:

    Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

    Damn you and your stupid itchy underskirts. And damn the girl who thought that theme would be ever so fun and formal.


  5. Damn, this is really hard. I think I have to put my support behind Claudia from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. She’s smart in that way that makes you a bit of an outcast as a kid but serves you well when you’re older; she’s resourceful and daring (she and her brother run away and fucking live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and escape detection by the guards), and she’s passionate – when she falls in love with that angel statue, she researches it and is determined to figure out the truth about its creator.

    For real, though, this is killing me, because I have huge soft spots for Margaret from Are You There God? and Harriet the Spy as well as Jessica Darling.

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