Five Shakespearean Characters Who Ought to Be on Once Upon a Time

I have a lot of TV shows that I like, but there are only a few that I will really make an honest effort to watch, not matter what, and one of them is Once Upon a Time. Even though there are some very cheesy moments in it that would taste good with a box of wine, it’s a decent show. And there are some wonderfully complex characters on there that allow for some major angsty moments. But lately some of the characters are just a little, well, stagnant. I say when in doubt, bring in Shakespeare. The Bard’s plays are just as much a part of our collective consciousness as the tales used in OUATbut some of the characters are just dying to be added. So here are five who I think would have a shot. Read More Five Shakespearean Characters Who Ought to Be on Once Upon a Time

Middlemarch Madness: The Final Four

We’re just 48 hours away from knowing the winner of the inaugural run of Persephone Magazine’s Middlemarch Madness, and boy has it been a ride!  I’m not sure if tonight’s results will have any surprises, but let’s click on and meet the winners anyway, shall we? Read More Middlemarch Madness: The Final Four

Middlemarch Madness: The Elite Eight Revealed

This one was down to the buzzer, readers, with one victor moving on to the Elite Eight by only two votes.  You are not going to believe what happens after the cut today, ladyreaders.  Read More Middlemarch Madness: The Elite Eight Revealed

Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Voting, Day One

Welcome back! It’s Monday, and we’re about to embark on a week of really harsh decisions.  To make the pain of having to pick a little less, we’ll only be voting on two pairs each day this week, with the Elite Eight revealed on Friday.  Next week, we’ll create the Final Four on Monday and Tuesday, vote on the two Final Four pairs on Wednesday and we’ll have our final, GRAND CHAMPION OF ALL THE LADYHEROES vote on Thursday.

This means the winner will be declared on April 1, and I promise whatever our plans may be for April Fool’s Day, we won’t fuck with Middlemarch.

Here’s a link to the most recent Middlemarch Bracket, in case you need it.

And here’s a recap of the ladies in the Sweet Sixteen:

The Taming of the ShrewThe Handmaid's TaleMacbethLittle Women

Kate, Offred, Lady Macbeth and Jo March in Adult Fiction

Good OmensMists of AvalonWitches AbroadMists of Avalon

Anathema Device, Vivianne, Esmerelda Weatherwax and Morgaine in Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

His Dark MaterialsHunger GamesA Wrinkle in TimePisoner of Azkaban

Lyra Belaqua, Katniss Everdeen, Meg Murray and Hermione Granger in YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

To Kill A MockingbirdSloppy FirstsAnne Of Green GablesHarriet the Spy

Scout Finch, Jessica “not so” Darling, Anne of Green Gables and Harriet the Spy for YA Fiction.

And finally…

The New Poll

Middlemarch Voting Round 2, Day 3

Tonight we’ll decide the final four ladies who are moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, and it looks like it’s going to be another tough vote.  Last night, we again beat our top number of voters, so I’m tickled that there are more and more of you coming out to support your favorite fictional ladies. Read More Middlemarch Voting Round 2, Day 3

Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 4: Fives v. Twelves

Hello! We survived yet another server move! This one was touch and go for awhile, I thought I’d sent our girl Persephone to the underworld for good a couple of times. Since I made you wait on Friday, when we learned we had to move, I couldn’t make you all wait until tomorrow to find out the results and get back on the Madness train. Have I built the suspense enough? Click on! Read More Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 4: Fives v. Twelves

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