Middlemarch Madness: Meet the Sweet Sixteen

It’s our second results post, and we’re saying goodbye to many fantastic lady-heroes.  

I’ve been impressed with everyone’s participation this year, both in the voting booth and in the comments! Last year was a LOT of fun, but this round has been even more fantastic. It’s like you’re all the very best or something.

Anyway, enough with the sugar, it’s time to see who’s going home this week. The winners, as always, are in bold.

Day Five

Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) vs. Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins) vs. Mrs. Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) vs. Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen)

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. Catelyn 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)

Day Six

Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder) vs. Ramona Quimby (Ramona Collection by Beverly Cleary)

Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) vs. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing by Willie the Shakes) vs. Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Brienne of Tarth (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. Daenerys Targaryen (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)

Day Seven

Pippi Longstocking (The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren) vs. Sara Crewe (A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

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. Matilda (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

Antigone (Antigone by Sophocles) vs. Marjane (The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi)

Morgaine (The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley) vs. Elphaba Thropp (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire)

Day Eight

Claudia (From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsberg) vs. Violete Baudelaire (The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13) by Lemony Snickett)

Lyra Belaqua (His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman) vs. Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Miss Marple (Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie) vs. Lisbeth Salander (Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson)

Nanny Ogg (Witches series by Terry Pratchett) vs. June/Offred (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood)

You can find the updated bracket, with the scores for each round, by clicking this link: Middlemarch Madness II

Next week, we’ll narrow it down to the Elite Eight, with two polls per day on Monday through Thursday and the results on Friday.

Your weekend homework:  Since I haven’t read all of the books represented by our sweet sixteen, I’d love to have a paragraph for each of them written by their biggest fans (that’s you, fine readers) to run on their poll days next week. Use the comments, stay under 150-200 words or so, and I’ll pick my favorite pitch for each contestant.

But wait, there’s more! Because I know not all our readers are writers, you may also enter by creating a piece of fan art. Keep it narrower than 600 px wide and less than 1mb so our uploader doesn’t get angry.  I’ll consider written and artistic entries with the same weight, I promise. You have until Sunday at noon to post your entry.  I know you can wow me, Persephoneers.

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70 thoughts on “Middlemarch Madness: Meet the Sweet Sixteen”

  1. I’m going to write a paragraph defending the Paperbag Princess, even though she was cast out in round one. Oh yes I WILL.That’ll show you all!


    (all I have to do is cut and paste from all the flailing about two weeks ago by my fellow PBP supporters!)

  2. Really? REALLY????

    Daenerys might seem like she’s awesome and all, but where would she be without her precious little dragons? and other spoilery support from unnamed people?

    Why do I like Brienne of Tarth? She earns respect not because she’s beautiful and has great bloodlines or magical creatures, but because she’s kicking ass and taking names and relentlessly loyal.

      1. I think she’s not necessarily the most likable personality. But she made so much SENSE to me, as what it might be like for someone in her position. And even though so many denied her respect for being female, she kept going. And she was good.


    I once posted a gif (the one and only time in my life), Kristen Bell’s “I’m so excited!” but I don’t have it on this computer. :(  Alas.


    I  borrowed Good Omens from a friend last night – it will be my first Terry Pratchett. I’m excited. It’s going to Delaware with me next week.

  4. Nanny Ogg! Noooooooooooooo!

    Ok, melodramatic pout fit over, I can now say I have read none of the books in the adult sci-fi brackets. And I like sci-fi. Boo. (Well I read about 7 chapters of Wicked before getting bored and giving up).

  5. I’m not even halfway through A Game of Thrones, but I already know Daenerys is a total baller. Dragonborn FTW.

    Also, rock on Katniss and Professor Mcgongall.

    Question: Should the paragraphs be pitched for the books in general, or focused on the character in the running?

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