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
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
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
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.
And for tonight’s poll:
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
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
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
Emily Byrd Starr
Jessica “Not So” Darling
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.
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
5. Coraline, Alanna & Luna Lovegood
6. Ginny Weasley
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.
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!