This week has been BRUTAL, Persephoneers. The soaring highs, the devastating lows, but still we soldier on. Dog-eared copies of our favorite books in hand, we push forward. Read More Middlemarch Madness III: Round Three, Vote Four
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
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.
This is our smallest group, so only one of these badasses of YA fiction will have to be sent packing before the fun begins. Yet, I think this may end up being one of our toughest races. I know I am personally attached to many of these young women, and I know many of our bookish friends feel the same. Grab a comforting treat, whether it’s your favorite Snuggie or a cup of hot cocoa (or in Selena world, both!) and get ready to make some hard decisions. Read More Middlemarch: YA Fiction Elimination