Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 7: Twos v. Fifteens

I’m beginning to see links back to Middlemarch all over the web, and it makes me geeky little heart grow three sizes.  Bookish, clever women for the win!  We’re back to vote in the second to last round of the preliminaries, tonight it’s the two seats v. the fifteen seats.  Last night’s results are also in, and there was another upset!  Hold tight, and click on.

The Winners

YA Fantasy/Sci-fi/Dystopia

Katniss Everdeen BARELY beats Lucy Pevensie.  Katniss will need a strong showing to stay in, she’s up against Coraline next round.

YA Fiction

Emily beats Remy, who may end up as a serious contender in later versions of Middlemarch, should we do them.

Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

Esmerelda Weatherwax, after being accidentally mentioned yesterday, won out over Charity Carpenter.

Adult Fiction

Portia comes back at the last possible minute to defeat early favorite Lisbeth Salander.

I do not have a bracket for you tonight, our server is in time out for backtalking.  I’ll have a new one up tomorrow, promise.

And moving on to tonight’s vote…..

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.

14 replies on “Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 7: Twos v. Fifteens”

If Meg doesn’t win this, I will call serious shenanigans! I will also say once again that Scout v Claudia was just cruel this early in the game, but one of the lovely Persephone Fairies (I think it was you, Selena!) told me that the contestants were listed alphabetically since there were so few. Makes for an exciting (heart-wrenching) game!

I adored Claudia when I was growing up because I was just like her in a lot of ways but I also wasn’t sure I would have got along with her. I remember thinking that if I met her in real life I may have missed out on an awesome friend – it was a bit of a lesson! I’ve read that book a few times as an adult and her ingenuity and practical creativity is so much more impressive to me now. As a kid I knew I was supposed to look at her as someone who tried to grow up too fast (which is why I identified with her, eek!). But as an adult, she still has a lot to teach me in that regard (a story for another day I suppose).

Can I just say again that Middlemarch Madness is awesome? We’re doing this again, right? (Next time, Winnie Foster and Valentine Wiggin have got to be included! And Melanie Ross/April Hall from the Egypt Game. And Amanda from The Headless Cupid! And Shirley from the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. And Mara, Daughter of the Nile! Oh god, and where is Cassie from Roll of Thunder?? This could go on for awhile…)

Does anyone remember the Disney version of From the Mixed Up Files? It was called The Hideaways? or The Stowaways? and I swear to Andrew Garfield’s hair Bette Davis played Mrs. Frankweiller. It wasn’t nearly as good as the book, but I remember who ever was playing Claudia looked pretty much like I pictured her in my head, which surprised me.

The whole YA Fiction division is a series of impossible choices.

According to my Google-fu, there are two movie versions: a 1973 movie called “The Hideaways” in which Ingrid Bergman played Mrs. F (IMDb lists the title as “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler even though the graphic says “The Hideaways”), and a 1995 version in which Lauren Bacall was Mrs. F.

The trailers: (the sound is out of sync)

OOoh I am disappointed that Katniss didn’t have a runaway. I was banking on her to take the whole thing. Offred over Jordan Baker all the way, I’m so glad I read The Handmaid’s Tale! Scout and Meg Murray for sure, and I didn’t know the adult sci fi ones so I skipped them.

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