Hello, my favorite Internet readers! Some of our old-timers are probably pretty excited by the title of this post, because we take our books very seriously around here. For our new friends, you’re probably wondering what the hell Middlemarch Madness is. Don’t worry, we’ll get you all caught up.
Middlemarch Madness is the original Persephone Mag bracket, and the motivation for our Badass Ladies of Television bracket, as well as the cheese bracket. We know you have opinions, and we love giving you a place to air them. Middlemarch is your chance to weigh in on the most badass lady heroines in all our favorite books. Last year, after a really tough race, our grand prize winner was Ms. Hermione Granger. Sadly, Ms. Granger and the other winners in each category (Jo March, Anne Shirley and Granny Weatherwax) will all be ineligible to compete this year. (I know, I know, just make sure your objections in the comments are funny.)
You can find all of last year’s posts here, or by using the “search by category” drop-down in the sidebar – Middlemarch is its own category.
Today, I’m opening it up to you, our dear readers, to start nominating potential contenders. We’ll do another one of these on Monday, then we’ll vote on all the nominees a week from today to narrow it down to 16 in each category. The categories are divided between the Young Adult and Adult genres, with each of those divided into literary fiction and sci-fi/fantasy/dystopia.
So, without further ado, use the comments to make your suggestions! Make sure to note which category each of your nominations belongs in, because that makes our job a little easier.