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Middlemarch Madness Voting, Round 2

It’s seven o’clock, which means it’s Middlemarch time! After the cut I have last night’s winners, and updated bracket AND the polls for the 7s v. 10s.  So don’t say I never gave you anything.  Last night’s battles were all super, super close with no more than 10 votes separating the individuals.   Curious? Click on!

After exchanging leads multiple times, these are your results from last night.

Junior SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopia division: Luna Lovegood defeats Ginny Weasley

Junior Fiction Division: Laura Ingalls defeats Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia

Adult SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopia division: Angua defeats Fran from The Stand

Adult Fiction Division: Francie Nolan barely defeats Nora from A Doll’s House.

Click to access Middlemarchmadnessbracket2.pdf

And for tonight’s poll:

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

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20 replies on “Middlemarch Madness Voting, Round 2”

It broke my heart to vote against Cimorene, but as much as I love her, let’s face it: Alanna is more awesome. Cimorene was the first fantasy heroine I loved, but Alanna is my all-time favorite. These two should have faced each other later in the bracket!

It broke my heart to vote against Cimorene, but as much as I love her, let’s face it: Alanna is more awesome. Cimorene was the first sci-fi heroine I loved, but Alanna is my all-time favorite. There two should have faced each other later in the bracket!

Ladies, I need some serious help making up my mind re: Cimorene/Alanna. When we were brainstorming, these were the top 2 on my list. They’re seriously probably the most impact on my formative life of any literary heroines, ever. So, I can’t vote in this contest without hearing some outside arguments from both sides. What’s the deciding factor for you in this match-up?

That’s my problem! While Alanna is more bad-ass and would probably win out in an actual fight, she hasn’t affected me and my growth as a feminist in the way Cimorene has. Also, wouldn’t it be rad if Kazul was on this list? A crazy awesome lady dragon queen would kick everyone else’s butt.

I’ve been meaning to comment on Raederle, but I kept forgetting, so ditto to all that.

Kerowyn is from “BY the Sword” by Mercedes Lackey. Sorry for the mistake. I just re-read “The Blue Sword” and I kept seeing Kerowyn here and wondering if I just forgot her somehow.

I was waiting patiently ALL DAY for this. I really liked the pie/cake bracket on the lady-blog, but this, THIS is so much better.

I don’t think Luna should’ve beat Ginny though…Ginny lost family and had to give up the boy she loves yet she remained a bad-ass until the very end.

Ugh, I agree re: Luna vs. Ginny. Luna is unique and talented, sure, but Ginny deals with being a girl in a boy’s world on a regular basis, is smart, talented witch, brave, fly as hell, and grows up to play on an all-female Quiddich team. I kind of want to be her.

Luna is strong in a very different way. For me, the thing that put Luna over the edge is that she’s not afraid to be weird. Every day, even in the oddity-filled Hogwarts castle, she’s singled out by her peers, mocked, ridiculed. They steal her stuff, they call her names, they ostracize her more than anyone else but Harry. And yet she remains true to herself. She doesn’t dress differently, act differently, or cave on what she believes in just to fit in. That takes a lot of strength.

That’s definitely true, and I do love Luna’s unabashed confidence in who she is. I do feel, however, that her character was really just that one note, while Ginny developed over the course of the series, changing and maturing based on events, and because she was multi-faceted, she could totally take Luna in a fight.

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