Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day One

It’s finally time to start voting! As you’ll see after the cut, this isn’t going to be an easy week at all, and I’ve already prepared myself for all the “Angry” votes on the MoodThingy. Bless your bookish and clever hearts.

Today we’ll be pitting the ones against the sixteens and the fives against the twelves in the following matches:

1. Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) vs. 16. Julie (Julie of the Wolves  by Jean Craighead George)

5. Pippi Longstocking (The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren) vs. 12. Turtle Wexler (The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin)

1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Trilogy  by Suzanne Collins) vs. 16. Paperbag Princess (The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch)

5. Meg Murray (The Wrinkle in Time Quintet (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time) by Madeline L’Engle) vs. 12. Alanna (Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce)

1. Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) vs. 16. Emma Woodhouse (Emma by Jane Austen)

5. Antigone (Antigone by Sophocles) vs. 12. Anne Eliott (Persuasion by Jane Austen)

1. Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 (A Game of Thrones / Clash of Kings/A Storm of Swords /A Feast for Crows) by George R.R. Martin) vs. 16. Alia Atreides (Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert)

5. Morgaine (The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley) vs. 12. Sookie Stackhouse’s precious fairy vagina (Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris)

The poll will be open for roughly 24 hours, and the winners will be announced on Friday in this time slot. Happy voting!

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Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

113 thoughts on “Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day One”

  1. When I saw that Antigone was up against Anne Elliot, I came over here to be all, “It’s got to be Anne, because ENDURANCE.” But I see AE’s way up in the voting, so: carry on. :)

    Also: the idea that the Paper Bag Princess is up against Katniss? Makes me so, so happy. PBP 4EVA!

        1. Is that because knowing makes people more likely to cheat?  Because as much as I love the PBP, if this information is correct it leads me to desperately want to cheat and vote for Katniss more.  I won’t do it, but DAMN is it tempting.


          1. The only way I can share the live results with Google docs is to give everyone access to the poll editor, and while I trust you all not to cheat (because cheating is terrible and you’re all above that.) I don’t trust that something horrible wouldn’t happen to my polls. Google Docs is the best option for the polls, b/c the other options I test drove either sucked or were full of ads.

    1. See, I was pretty upset when Jennifer Lawrence was cast.  Partially because she’s white, and I think it should have been a non-white character, and partially because even in the previews she doesn’t look hungry or bitchy enough to suit my vision of Katniss.  But people say she’s a fabulous actress (in Winter’s Bone) and a terrible actress (in the new X-Men movie,) and Suzanne Collins liked her, so I guess I’m willing to give her a chance.  But I’m wary.  And pissy that they didn’t even CONSIDER non-white actresses for the part.

        1. It sure seems like a wasted chance.  The movie was going to be successful no matter what, given the popularity of the books.  The character as described in the book is at least racially ambiguous, and I always read her as mixed race, and then to only even consider white actresses?  That bugs me.

  2. You know, these brackets are about learning about new books and new awesome kick-ass women.

    Which is why you should take this opportunity to READ THE PAPERBAG PRINCESS. It’s a picture book. It’ll take you 5 or 10 minutes TOPS. As an added bonus, you’ll be introduced to the genius of Robert Munch (the author). He has a FINE tradition of writing funny books (the one about the subway stop in the living room), books that make you cray (Love you Forever) and books with multi-cultural families (we can’t take that for granted).

    Paperbag Princess, who is SMART, KIND and has SELF-RESPECT is only one fabulous character of his creation.


    People even dress up as her. HUGE IMPACT.

    1. I said this below, but I’m repeating it up here so it doesn’t get lost:

      She can rescue herself, not wind up with the boy, AND STILL BE HAPPY AND FULFILLED AT THE END OF IT.


      1. I’m chiming in as well! This is totally how I hope Brave turns out. But I have a hunch that she’ll end up with a guy who is “different” in the end and thus undoing the whole “I am perfect without romantic love/a man in my life!” message. We need more stories where we don’t focus on romantic love and instead focus on self-love. PBP is a perfect example of this.

  3. I have a nasty feeling that the Paperbag Princess is going to be my new Paneer. Only worse, like some Paneer-Feta hybrid that actually tastes better than it sounds and represents all injustice in the world.

    UNTIL THAT HAPPENS THOUGH, Paperbag Princess all the way! I used to have that book memorized. They didn’t get married after all. ‘Cause he was a bum.


    Seriously, if you’ve never heard of it, or have never read it, find a copy in your bookstore (it’s a classic!  it’s not hard to find!), take five minutes, and you’ll understand why I’ve been flailing all over the comment sections about it.  I don’t think any other single book has made as much of an impact on me as that book did.

    1. This one hurts so much.  I saw it and am now in a panic.  I think I’m gonna have to go with Meg though.  (Because the Lioness Quartet 2-4 Alanna was disappointing.  And because “waking up randomly naked” was a trope that always bothered me)  Meg Murray, I’m DEPENDING on you!

    1. Indeed! As it happens Katniss was a no-brainer for me as I had never heard of the Paperbag Princess until Middlemarch Madness. And, uh, thank you for the cheese reminder – I’ve just remembered I have some Camembert in the fridge!

        1. So if PBP doesn’t make it, can we claim an anti-Canadian bias?! :-p

          you know what’s awesome – that the only real love story in this book is SELF-RESPECT she has for herself. This book doesn’t need any ‘shippers to get all excited about it. Which is why everyone should vote for her!

          1. I know!  She realizes the guy’s a jerk, and she’s not about to put up with him just because he’s a boy and she’s a girl, and tells him to stuff it!  She can rescue herself, not wind up with the boy, AND STILL BE HAPPY AND FULFILLED AT THE END OF IT.


            1. and adults! My mother bought it for me when I went to University!

              (awwwww, I’m all nostalgic for how awesome my mother was now. Good stuff).

              PS: I wish I could add some blinking HTML to the part of your post where you point out that she’s all FULFILLED BY HER OWN SENSE OF SELF.


              And now honestly, back to work for me :-)



        2. I am US midwest born and raised, and the Paperbag Princess has always been one of my favorite books.  But then, my mom rocked pretty hard at finding amazing (and feminist) kids books for me, so I guess I could be a minority?

    1. So wanna be really, really jealous?

      When I was in the second grade, my friend entered her class in a cereal box contest to have Robert Munsch come read at their school. And she totally won. And he stayed out her house for a few days. And I met him! And he made up a story for me about my dad getting stuck while shoveling the snow (which made me cry (I was a very sensitive child)). And he signed my favourite book of his, “Purple, Green and Yellow.” Which I still have, tucked away amongst my childhood memorabilia.

      Also, I am totally rooting for the Paperbag Princess. My dad used to read me that book in Spanish as a kid, so I have very fond memories of it. Emotional bias FTW.

        1. Who was apparently born in Pennsylvania. But pshaw! I think Canada can still claim him. Much like we claimed Rutherford for our own. I figure if they did their most important work in Canada, they may as well be Canadian.

          1. Whatevs, Munsch is totally Canadian in my books (Rutherford, maybe not so much?  Never really thought about it).  Hilariously, I went or go [ooh, awkward ambiguity!] to a university with a building named for Rutherford, and used to or now live in the same city as Munsch.

            1. I was under the impression that many Canadian universities had Rutherford buildings. I went to McGill and of course it would have a Rutherford building. I mean, at least he went there for a bit.

              I think the conclusion to be drawn here is: Canada is a big country in a small world.

      1. well in that case I’d like to lodge a complaint, since I don’t think it’s fair that she be in the bracket PLUS be the book club book.  :-)


        I’m going to find some way to blame this on Harpers Government if PBP doesn’t make it.

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