Middlemarch Madness II: The Contenders Announced

First, apologies, because these are not yet plugged into an actual bracket. Let me explain. Wait. Let me sum up. My hard drive flipped over and died yesterday morning, containing the very pretty bracket I made for all of you (and the software I need to make it). I will be getting it re-installed as soon as I find the disk. The disk is in the basement, because nearly everything I own is down there, due to the new carpeting I had installed last week. SO.  Read More Middlemarch Madness II: The Contenders Announced

Middlemarch Madness, Elite Eight, Day One

Have you all recovered from Friday yet?  Is it safe for me to come out of the bunker?  I heard talk of pitchforks and my ass went underground.  Get your clicking fingers ready, it’s time to send two more beloved heroines home, right after the cut. Read More Middlemarch Madness, Elite Eight, Day One

Badass Ladies of History – Griselda Gambaro

Persephone crew – I’ll be honest. Part of the reason why I am writing about Griselda Gambaro is because in a mere two weeks, I have the privilege of a free trip to Buenos Aires. I won’t brag anymore (did I mention this is my first vacation in years? And that it’s free?).  Read More Badass Ladies of History – Griselda Gambaro

Middlemarch Madness Voting, Round 2

It’s seven o’clock, which means it’s Middlemarch time! After the cut I have last night’s winners, and updated bracket AND the polls for the 7s v. 10s.  So don’t say I never gave you anything.  Last night’s battles were all super, super close with no more than 10 votes separating the individuals.   Curious? Click on!

After exchanging leads multiple times, these are your results from last night.

Junior SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopia division: Luna Lovegood defeats Ginny Weasley

Junior Fiction Division: Laura Ingalls defeats Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia

Adult SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopia division: Angua defeats Fran from The Stand

Adult Fiction Division: Francie Nolan barely defeats Nora from A Doll’s House.

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And for tonight’s poll:

Middlemarch Madness Voting, Round 1

It’s March first, which means it’s time to get serious about Middlemarch Madness.  For the next several weeks, we’ll be working our way through the bracket, ruthlessly cutting brave heroines young and old from the competition.  If you want to protect your favorites, or at least make sure they don’t go down in a giant upset, start campaigning now! Read More Middlemarch Madness Voting, Round 1

Middlemarch Madness: The 64 Contenders

After a great week of voting, we’ve narrowed down all four of our divisions to the top sixteen badass ladies of literature.  March is going to be so much fun, as long as we don’t have Turtle fans shiving Katniss fans in the comments.  Or maybe even if we do… Read More Middlemarch Madness: The 64 Contenders

Middlemarch Madness: Narrowing the Fictional Olds

We’ve made it to the final elimination round before the real fun starts on March 1.  We’ve already narrowed down the Sci-fi/Fantasy brackets for both Youngs and Olds, and last night we brought the fictional Youngs down to 16.

Tonight, we’ll be looking at the Fictional Olds (another big category, we have lots of axing to do!), but first let’s see the list of fictional Youngs moving on to the next round.

Harriet the Spy

Scout Finch

Nancy Drew

Margaret Simon

Ramona Quimby

Lesley

Karana

Emily Byrd Starr

Anne Shirley

Claudia Kincaid

Laura Ingalls

Turtle Wexler

Remy

Jessica “Not So” Darling

Melinda

Frankie Landau-Banks

Sorry ’bout your luck, Blair.  If it was the TV version of you, I think you might have stood a chance.

Moving right along, here are your nominees for fictional Olds:

Jo March from Little Women

Celie from The Color Purple

Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter

Nora from A Doll’s House

Sethe from Beloved

Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Desdemona, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Kate, from Shakespeare

Frankie Addams from The Member of the Wedding

Dina Dalal from A  Fine Balance

Ayla from the Earth’s Children series

Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind

Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale

Carrie White, Steven King’s Carrie

Lily Bart from  The House Of Mirth

Irene Adler from A Study In Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes)

Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair

Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy

Jordan Baker, Myrtle, and Daisy from The Great Gatsby

Catherine from Wuthering Heights

Claire from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series

Mulan from the ballad of Hua Mulan

Dorothea Brooke, the heroine of MIDDLEMARCH

Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

And on to the poll!  Like the first two polls, pick five of the following to move on to the bracket.

Middlemarch Madness – Narrowing the Sci-fi/Fantasy Olds

Last night we looked at the nominees for the YA SciFi/Fantasy division of our upcoming Middlemarch bracket competition.  We have our top 16, which I’ll reveal after the cut.  It was close among everyone in the top spots, except for Hermione (80% of you voted for her) and Meg Murray, who both got at least twice as many votes as anyone else.

Tonight, we’re focusing on the Adult lit end of the SciFi/Fantasy spectrum to find our top 16 grown-up badasses who will be duking it out until there is but one.  Like yesterday, you can pick up to five of your favorites and the 16 with the highest number of votes will move on.   We don’t have to axe nearly as many ladies in any of the remaining divisions, so perhaps these votes will be less painful.   First, let’s look at the list of YA contenders, in order from most to least votes.

1. Hermione Granger

2. Meg Murray

3.  Katniss Everdeen & Lyra Belaqua

4. Eowyn

5. Coraline, Alanna & Luna Lovegood

6. Ginny Weasley

7. Cimorene

8. Alice (of In Wonderland fame)

9. Vicky Austin

10. Tiffany Aching, Lucy Pevensie & Sabriel

11. Tally Youngblood

Moving on to tonight’s list, here are your nominees:

Susan Sto Helit, Esmerelda Weatherwax, Gytha Ogg, Adora Belle Dearheart, Sacharissa Cripslock, Sybil Vimes, Angua, Cheery Littlebottom.  All from Terry Pratchett.

Anathema Device from Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Karin Murphy, Molly Canpenter and Charity Carpenter from Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files series

Janelle from Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series

Morgaine and Viviane from The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Anita Blake from the Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Liath from the Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliott

Nynaeve, Egwene, Aviendha, and Elayne from The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Rachel Morgan from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Tarma and Kethry, Kerowyn, and Elspeth from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Harry from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Jenna/Skada from Jane Yolen’s Kushiel’s Dart

Phedre from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart

Fran from Stephen King’s The Stand

And on with the vote-y goodness.  Remember – you can pick up to five!

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