This is it! We’re finally here, about the reveal the winner of the first annual Persephone Magazine Middlemarch Madness. We’ve gone from 90+ wonderful women from all of our favorite books down to one. At first glance, the votes between the final two weren’t even close, but things aren’t always what they seem.
Readers, one of you cheated your ass off. If you hadn’t been quite so prolific, you might have gotten away with it. I had to subtract 35 votes from the final tally because they all came from the same IP address. By comparing the time stamps on the voting form with the raw access logs for the site, I was able to figure it out.
Because I am full of Oprah cupcakes, I’m just subtracting the repeats and moving on, but obviously we’ll need to find a cheat-proof solution for next year. Funny enough, subtracting the votes did not change the winner, it just reduced her margin of victory.
The winner of the First Annual Persephone Magazine Middlemarch Madness is Hermione Granger.
What’s next, you ask? We’re going to be starting a book club, and the first Harry Potter book will be the first one we read together in honor of her victory. True confession: I’ve never read a word of Potter, so I’m going to be a really interesting group leader. We’ll meet right here, every Thursday evening at 7:00pm, EST. I’ll be reading furiously between now and our first group meeting.
Thanks to everyone who helped make Middlemarch Madness a success, including Sara B., Meghan Williams, The Thankless Interns, Megan McCafferty, The Twitter Wenches, Kym G and Mr. G for the pretty art, and everyone who voted. Even you, cheater. We’ll be back in March ’12 to do it all over again.