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.
First up, after a heart clutching moment of panic around 1 AM when Google temporarily ate the entire poll (but kept the data, so, um, go Google?), the results (from most votes to least) of the adult Sci-fi/Fantasy poll from yesterday:
Susan Sto Helit
Adora Belle Dearheart
Tarma and Kethry
And now for tonight’s contenders:
Harriet the Spy, title character by Louise Fitzhugh
Blair Waldorf from the Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar
Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Nancy Drew, title character of a series of books by Carolyn Keene
Margaret Simon from Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Ramona Quimby from the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
Lesley from Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Emily Byrd Starr from the Emily novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Claudia Kincaid from The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Laura Ingalls from the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (or possibly Rose Wilder Lane)
Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Remy from Sarah Dessen’s This Lullaby.
Jessica “Not So” Darling from Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Frankie Landau-Banks from the Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by Emily Lockhart
Because Google Docs is testing my patience, we’re going to do this vote a little differently. I’m about to go all caps on you, I’m not shouting, I just want to make sure you read the new instructions before you vote.
PUT THE NAME OF ONE BADASS YOU WANT ELIMINATED IN THE COMMENTS.
The badass with the most votes will pack her bookmarks and go.
49 replies on “Middlemarch: YA Fiction Elimination”
Here’s the thing about Blair Waldorf: original, book version Blair is a wench, and not a very interesting one at that. However, this isn’t so much her own fault as it is Cecily Ziegesar’s, because she is a TERRIBLE writer. Just…awful.
And yes, I’ve read the books. Nearly all of them. And I was horrified when I read a piece in The New Yorker that seemed to indicate that a TV show based on said books could possibly be worth my time. And then I watched the first two seasons of the show, and though it’s fluff, it’s worthwhile fluff, and Blair is made out to be an interesting, ultimately complex character — with an amazing wardrobe and assortment of headbands.
Anyway, all of this is to say that though it looks like Blair is the one getting axed this round, I hope y’all decide to give her a chance.
And I vote against Laura Inglass, because as much as I love the Little House books, Laura never struck me as a character who cared very much about asserting herself as a woman, and against all votes against Remy, whom I plan to defend to the death. (God help me if she ends up going against Jessica Darling — not sure how that would play out.)
And by Inglass, I meant Ingalls. Blergh, typing, blergh.
I don’t really need to, but I fully believe in exercising ones right to vote, so Blair. She’s just not up to the challenge.
I guess I’m the only one with love for Blair? :(
I love on TV, played by Leighton Meester Blair! But book Blair is just…blech.
I’m going to vote for Blair to depart.
Blair for sure
Blair cannot be on the same list as Melinda and Scout!
Blair needs to get gone, f’realsies. The other ladies on this list are streets ahead.
I’m so glad to see so much Blair Waldorf hate going on here. BYE, BLAIR!
Blair. no contest.
Yeah, it’s gotta be Blair Waldorf. I don’t think she belongs on the same list with Harriet and Turtle and Frankie and Karana. (Can’t believe some of you don’t like her – she’s amazing!)
There are people who don’t like Karana? What is this even…
Blair Waldorf. GONZO
Anne Shirley, you obnoxious creature, for making me feel bad because I was unable to find one single thing I liked about you, and then Nana was so disappointed because all little girls love Anne of Green Gables and what’s wrong with LittleGirlBlue? Raar.
Anne Shirley.Axe her! Wayyyy overrated.
Go Jessica Darling!