Middlemarch Madness IV: YA Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Dystopia Nominations

Bring out your Lyras, your Katnisses, and more. It’s time to nominate some female characters who live in outer space, fight dragons, slay vampires, and survive in a bleak future. Probably not all at the same time. 

Nominate your favorites in the comments. You’ll have until Friday to nominate in this or any other category, and next week we’ll start narrowing the contenders down to those who’ll be in the bracket.

Middlemarch Madness contenders do not need to be the primary focus of the books they occupy. They do not even need to be protagonists. Above all else, MMM contenders are interesting female characters (not to be confused with Strong Female Characters, but there’s some overlap).

Let the nominations begin! May the odds be ever in your choice’s favor. To nominate, tell us your choice’s name, the book or book series they appeared in, and the author. You may nominate as many characters as you’d like.


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10 thoughts on “Middlemarch Madness IV: YA Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Dystopia Nominations”

  1. Blue, The Raven Boys series, Maggie Stiefvater
    Puck, The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
    Tris, Divergent series, Veronica Roth
    Lena, Delirium series, Lauren Oliver
    Viola, Chaos Walking series (The Knife of Never Letting Go), Patrick Ness
    Miri, Princess Academy books, Shannon Hale
    Elisa, Girl of Fire and Thorns series, Rae Carson
    Gemma Doyle, Gemma Doyle series, Libba Bray
    Alexa Hollon, Defy, Sara B. Larson

    Plus all the other ladies everyone else named. This category is the hardest one!

  2. Alanna, The Song of the Lioness Quartet, Tamora Pierce
    Kel, Protector of the Small, Tamora Pierce
    Karou, Daughter of Smoke and Bone & Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor
    Seraphina, Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
    Katsa, Graceling, Kristin Cashore
    Bitterblue, Bitterblue, Kristen Cashore
    Cimmorene, Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C Wrede
    Ella, Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine

  3. Harry – The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley
    hell, let’s say Aerin from The Hero & The Crown, also by R.M.
    Lyra – Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
    Lirael – Lirael, Garth Nix
    Sabriel – Sabriel, G.N.
    Cimorene – Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C Wrede
    Alanna, Daine, Kel, Beka, Sandry, Tris, Aly from various Tamora Pierce books (sorry, in a hurry, sister wants a donut) (pick whichever you want, just trying to flesh out the competition, also I love them all)
    Sophie – Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
    Jill Pole – Narnia books – CS Lewis

    wooo I’ll come back if I think of more, I love Middlemarch Madness and spent most of my teenage years buried in YA fantasy

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