YA FTW!

And that title is most likely the last time I will write “FTW” this year. Well, apart from that second time. And in the tags. Read More YA FTW!

Middlemarch Voting Round 2, Day 2

Persephoneers, I kind of don’t want to tell some of you how last night’s vote turned out.  I am totally typing this while wearing a suit of bubble wrap, because I am afraid of how the results are going to go over.  Remember, dear Persephoneers, there’s always next year.  Also, killing the messenger is so cliche.

Without further ado, let’s get on with it.  As soon as I put on this goalie mask.

The Winners

In YA Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia, Lyra (53%) defeats Eowyn (47%).

In YA Fiction, Harriet (55%) beats Ramona (45%).

In Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia, Vivianne (66%) defeats Susan Sto Helit (34%).

In Adult Fiction, Kate (68%) beats Celie (32%), and I just don’t even.

The New Bracket

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The New Poll

Middlemarch Voting Day 5: Fours v. Thirteens

Welcome back to another day of voting, readers! Last night we had the most voters yet, and four races that weren’t even close.  To see the winners and vote on tonight’s contenders, click on! Read More Middlemarch Voting Day 5: Fours v. Thirteens

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

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

Middlemarch Madness – Narrowing the Sci-fi/Fantasy Olds

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

4. Eowyn

5. Coraline, Alanna & Luna Lovegood

6. Ginny Weasley

7. Cimorene

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.

Anathema Device from Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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!

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Middlemarch Madness: Our contestants!

The contestants are getting ready for their duels to the death (not really, just championship) and you, dear readers, should be getting ready to defend them!

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