Totally Awesome Women in Fiction

It’s hard to find novels with female characters who read like actual women. In this list of some of my favourites, I’ve tried to present women who lead their own lives, who aren’t sidelined for men, whose stories don’t revolve around other people, and who have depth and complexity existing beyond the necessities of plot. That meant I had to cut some obvious candidates (sorry, Hermione). There may be spoilers ahead. Read More Totally Awesome Women in Fiction

Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day 13

Today’s the day we narrow the Elite Eight to the Final Four. As with last year, the winners of these polls will be ineligible for future Middlemarch Madness competitions, so pick wisely.  Read More Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day 13

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 Madness Voting Day 8: Ones v. Sixteens

Welcome back! We’re about to tackle our last poll for the first round, on Monday we’ll begin knocking the final 32 into the Sweet Sixteen.  I don’t know about y’all, but I am having so much fun with this I can hardly stand it.  Last night’s voting wasn’t even close, in any category, so I’m not sure how many surprises you’ll find after the cut. Read More Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 8: Ones v. Sixteens