It was another record setting night for votes, and both races were so close I didn’t know who was going to win until the last possible minute. Tonight we’ll vote in the final Sweet Sixteen battle, then tomorrow at this time I’ll reveal the Elite Eight.
In YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopia Meg Murray (55%) sends Katniss (45%) on the great, silver hovercraft to the sky.
In Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopia Esmerelda Weatherwax (54%) barely defeats Morgaine (46%).
I kind of love that so many of these badasses who are moving on are at least as capital-O Old as I am.
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19 replies on “Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Final Vote”
My faith in this endeavor has been restored with Meg’s win. Now pulling for her to win it all.
Seconded. Team Meg!
Aww…I was pulling for Katniss to win the whole thing!
And I know this may put me directly in the line of fire, but am I the only person who really doesn’t get all the Offred love? I just read The Handmaid’s Tale a couple months ago, and I thought it was interesting, but I couldn’t STAND Offred. I thought she was wishy-washy, cold, and really, really boring. I had other issues with the book, but that was a big one. So…can anybody explain to me the Offred love? Because I’m actually quite surprised to see so much of it.
Maybe read it again in a few months? I read The Handmaid’s Tale in high school, and HATED it. I totally did not understand how anyone could enjoy it or think it was a classic. Everyone in it was just hateful and boring and awful.
Then I re-read it a year or so later, and that time, I saw Offred in a totally different light. She struggles so hard to persevere, to exist as a person, in that terrible world. It’s hard not to admire that now. But at first, I totally felt like you.
I actually liked the book alright. I didn’t love it, I thought it had a lot of issues, I’d choose 1984 or the Hunger Games over Handmaid’s Tale for my dystopian reading any day, but I didn’t hate the book by any means. Just Offred. I get that she was just trying to get through, persevere, etc. But it didn’t change the fact that I found her boring, a little on the cowardly side, and really selfish. Especially in the context of a contest that keeps referring to “badass” women, I just don’t get the love. I would characterize Offred as just about anything BUT badass.
Clearly I am not reading this book on the same level as a lot of people though, because she’s definitely popular here. Oh well. All I can do is vote for Lady Macbeth (who I DO think is pretty badass, in an evil-ish sense…)
I am so impressed by Meg’s ability to knock out Katniss, but whatever, Offred all the way and BTW I’m am 100% drunk at this point but SO WHAT it is not even 9PM and I have shit to do tonight so now that Lyra is out TEAM OFFRED 4EVER!
Sorry, Lady M. Offred forever! I actually just read that book this year, and I’m so glad I did.
I seriously still do not understand why Lady Macbeth is even in this. Offred, do your thing and take her out!
Katnissss noooooooo!!!!! I really saw her taking the whole thing. Scout and Offred it is for today.
The votes are getting more and more difficult. Why must you do this to me? Are you conducting a scientific study on how long we can live without hearts??
I am full of evil, and a little bit of marshmallow fluff.
It’s true. She kicks puppies*
This sounds like my recipe for Rice Krispie Treats.
I don’t envy anyone having to choose between Scout Finch and Jessica Darling.
OFFRED! OFFRED! OFFRED!
YES! YES! YES!
Yay Granny Weatherwax! This makes me very happy after the defeats faced by so many of my other favorite characters.
My thoughts exactly.
I DON’T EVEN KNOW. Katniss?! My beloved Katniss. :(