Middlemarch Madness III: Round Three, Vote Four

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

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: 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



Emily Byrd Starr

Anne Shirley

Claudia Kincaid

Laura Ingalls

Turtle Wexler


Jessica “Not So” Darling


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: YA Fiction Elimination

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