Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: Championship

This is our last vote together, we’re down to the final two badasses.  In spite of my fear of being pitchforked, this has been one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done.  I’m going to miss doing this every day.  Not enough to do it again until next year, but you know what I’m sayin’.

The Winners

Moving on to the championship game are Hermione Granger, who beat Anne Shirley by 3 votes to 1; and Jo March, who beat Granny Weatherwax by a slightly smaller margin.

The Latest Bracket

Seek and find Middlemarch Madness Bracket #20 here.

The Final Poll


By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

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24 replies on “Middlemarch Madness: Championship”

The biggest HBiC, BAMF, MILF etc. in literature is sadly not known to very many–The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, Du Bose Heyward. The Country Bunny had 21 kids, was a single mother, was one of the five Easter Bunnies, and was so brave, wise, kind, and swift that she became the Gold Shoe Easter Bunny. She completely trumped the snobs, misogynists, and naysayers.

You know what is good about this? I will be happy if either of them win. Jo is very much an OG – how many others wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for her? And this is perhaps an unpopular opinion, but Little Men? Freaking awesome book, and a great way to continue her story.
Hermione is a BAMF in her own right, too.

Also, really, once Meg was out of it, I didn’t have a horse in this race anymore. I love both of these characters, I will be happy either way.

No Anne :( My first real heroine. The first character I really saw myself in Anne. She was not perfect, she wanted so much to be accepted and loved for who she was. She had a temper. She hated her hair. She got her best friend drunk by accident. She didn’t let a dude tromp all over her. She pursued education. She was positive and helpful and strong.

Hermoine is OK. But man, she is no Ann-with-an-e.

I think it really says something about the books in general when someone who is secondary to the main character resonates so powerfully with its readers. The author crafted not only a strong main character, as is expected, but she also took care to build the other characters with the same amount of attention (if not more).

(Also, I just really don’t care for Meg or Anne.)

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