Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness, Elite Eight Day Two

Welcome back to another evening of results.  Selena here, reporting from a good fifty miles below Persephone H.Q.  I want everyone to remember, as we go through these last few battles together, that I love each and every one of you.  Let’s all take a deep breath before we click, and quietly put all the pitchforks and fire utensils back in the shed.   After tonight’s results, I kind of want to poke myself with a pitchfork.

The Winners

Her Awesomeness, Supreme Grand Champion Badass of the YA Fantasy/Sci-fi/Dystopia category is sassy British bookworm, Hermione Granger.

We’re going to take a moment here to light a candle for one Ms. Meg Murray.   I met Meg in the second grade, when my beloved library teacher Mrs. Mumaugh read my class A Wrinkle in Time.  I was already a pretty big reader, but A Wrinkle in Time opened my eyes to a whole new world of fiction.  As a weird, clumsy, socially befuddled, only kid with an over-active imagination I was bowled over by the idea grown-ups could use their over-active imaginations to create whole worlds. I know a lot of you wanted to be or identified with Meg when you first met her, I wanted to be Madeline L’Engle.  I can’t help but think a wee Ms. J.K. Rowling wasn’t inspired a little by her as well.  I contend that without Meg, there would be no Hermione, so this is technically a win for both of them.  In spirit.

Her Awesomeness, Supreme Grand Champion Badass of the Adult Fantasy/Sci-fi/Dystopia (pausing to say I’m kind of glad that’s the last time I have to type F/S/D.) is feisty firebrand Esmerelda “Granny” Weatherwax, proving Team Pratchett are purists.  Farewell, lady-with-a-great-name, Anathema Device.  You fought hard.

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By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

15 replies on “Middlemarch Madness, Elite Eight Day Two”

YES! I just did an actual fist-pump at my desk when I saw that the HBIC herself, Esmerelda Weatherwax, is still in the running. It makes the travesty of justice that is Tiffany Aching’s loss a little less bitter.

I don’t know if she can beat Hermione (although let’s be real, if they ever actually met, Hermione would worship in awe at Granny Weatherwax’s cloak hem), but she should. Take it home, Granny Weatherwax! TAKE. IT. HOME.

OK. Lady Justice still weeps for Ms. Granger.
But we can all redeem ourselves by NOT VOTING FOR ANNE PEOPLE PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. That irritating thing that made me feel bad about myself for not being perfect and having actual problems, instead of some boy who pulled my pigtails because we were destined to marry so clearly that it actually became annoying.

Sigh. endrant//

It’s like life is not even worth it anymore…Meg, we will always love you.

People who voted for Hermione: Please explain? We never hear excitement from the winners, only lamentation from the losers. Please assure me that there were people passionate enough to vote for Hermione for a reason, and that those of us who voted for Meg (and Lyra and Scout and Turtle and Celie and Harriet) are not in the minority of people who actually care!

I’m a Hermione voter, and if you go back to the last Middlemarch entry, I left a comment with my reasons. The very short answer is: I never really connected with A Wrinkle in Time. I read it when I was young, I appreciated it, but I never connected with the book or the character of Meg like I did with the Harry Potter books and Hermione.

We still love you Selena. We’re trying very, very hard to keep in mind that it’s not your fault that neither Lyra, nor Katniss, nor Meg are going to win this thing ALTHOUGH I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THAT IS POSSIBLE FORTHELOVEOFGODISTHERENOJUSTICE???!!!

Whew. Sorry. I lost control of myself for a second there. I’ll try not to let it happen again.

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