Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness II: Round One Results

It’s been a long and grueling week of voting, readers.  It’s time to say goodbye to 32 of our favorite lady heroes, after the cut. 

The winners are marked in bold.

Day One

1. Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) vs. 16. Julie (Julie of the Wolves  by Jean Craighead George)

5. Pippi Longstocking (The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren) vs. 12. Turtle Wexler (The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin)

1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Trilogy  by Suzanne Collins) vs. 16. Paperbag Princess (The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch)

5. Meg Murray (The Wrinkle in Time Quintet (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time) by Madeline L’Engle) vs. 12. Alanna (Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce)

1. Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) vs. 16. Emma Woodhouse (Emma by Jane Austen)

5. Antigone (Antigone by Sophocles) vs. 12. Anne Eliott (Persuasion by Jane Austen)

1. Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 (A Game of Thrones / Clash of Kings/A Storm of Swords /A Feast for Crows) by George R.R. Martin) vs. 16. Alia Atreides (Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert)

5. Morgaine (The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley) vs. 12. Sookie Stackhouse’s precious fairy vagina (Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris)

Day Two

6. Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder) vs. 11. George (Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene)

7. Claudia (From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsberg) vs. 10. Cassie (Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor)

6. Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) vs. 11. Ella (Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine)

7. Lyra Belaqua (His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman) vs. 10. Rue (The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)

6. Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing by Willie the Shakes) vs. 11. Lysistrata (Lysistrata by Aristophanes)

7. Clarice Starling (The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris) vs. 10. Miss Marple (Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie)

6. Brienne of Tarth (A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 (A Game of Thrones / Clash of Kings/A Storm of Swords /A Feast for Crows) by George R.R. Martin) vs. 11. Selina Kyle (Catwoman DC Universe)

7. Nanny Ogg (Witches series by Terry Pratchett) vs. 10. Sansa Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 (A Game of Thrones / Clash of Kings/A Storm of Swords /A Feast for Crows) by George R.R. Martin)

Day Three

8. Mary Lennox (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett) vs. 9. Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)

3. Ramona Quimby (Ramona Collection by Beverly Cleary) vs. 14. Winnie (Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit)

8. Coraline (Coraline: The Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman) vs. 9. Mrs. Weasley (Harry Potter  series by J.K. Rowling)

3. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter  series by J.K. Rowling) vs. 14. Lirael (Lirael (Abhorsen Trilogy) by Garth Nix)

8. Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen) vs. 9. Thursday Next (Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde)

3. Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle) vs. 14. Idgie (Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg)

8. Catelyn Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 (A Game of Thrones / Clash of Kings/A Storm of Swords /A Feast for Crows)  by George R.R. Martin) vs. 9. Susan Sto Helit (Death series by Terry Pratchett)

3. Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 (A Game of Thrones / Clash of Kings/A Storm of Swords /A Feast for Crows)by George R.R. Martin) vs. 14. Angua (Guards series by Terry Pratchett)

Day Four

4. Karana (Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell) vs. 13. Sara Crewe (A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

2. Violete Baudelaire (The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13) by Lemony Snickett) vs. 15. Margaret Simon (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume)

4. Matilda (Matilda by Roald Dahl) vs. 13. Sabriel (Sabriel (Abhorsen Trilogy) by Garth Nix)

2. Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter  series by J.K. Rowling) vs. 15. Tiffany Aching (The Wee Free Men  by Terry Pratchett)

4. Marjane (The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi) vs. 13. Hua Mulan (The Ballad of Mulan by Song Nan Zhang)

2. Lisbeth Salander (Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson) vs. 15. The women of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

4. Elphaba Thropp (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire) vs. 13. Lady Sybil Ramkin (Guards series by Terry Pratchett)

2. June/Offred (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood) vs. 15. Vivianne (The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley)

You can see the updated bracket here: Middlemarch Madness II.

Join us next week for round two, when we’ll narrow the top 32 to the Sweet Sixteen.

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.

66 replies on “Middlemarch Madness II: Round One Results”

Noooo I’m going to cry, neither Susan nor Angua nor Tiffany???

and mostly because of ISOIAF ladies?? I mean, I read the entire ISOIAF in a week last summer after watching GoT season 1, but they do not hold a candle to Pratchett’s heroines. So many issues with them…

Beatrice. FTW.

Honestly, I’m just happy for Meg and Beatrice.  I’m glad for Elizabeth Bennett and Pippi, but there was no way Lizzie could’ve lost to Emma.  I’d be flipping tables all over the place.  Setting things on fire.

But of course – there never would’ve been a Lizzie Bennett if there hadn’t first been a Beatrice.  LOVE her.

Any chance of knowing the vote totals?  I’m curious how many copies of Paperbag Princess I’m going to have to buy you all, since apparently less of you’ve read it than I would’ve thought. ;)

Alia was a dark horse, but Charlotte, Beatrice, Marjane and June all made it through, so it’s not a total wash.

Ah, fancy!  *goes to check*

YOU GUYS IT WASN’T EVEN CLOSE. *flails*  We’re going to need a whole lot of books, apparently :p

And next week I have to choose between Scout and Charlotte?! I…….. I don’t even know how to begin to make that decision.

I’ve been part of the community for a week and obviously, I am already far too emotionally invested.  I cannot believe Paperbag Princess went out in the first round.  The shame.  I am slightly mollified by the outrage I’ve read in the comments.

Cassie from RTHMC out already?  Preposterous.

Mrs. Weasley over Coraline???  There are no words.

I would also like to nominate Susie Derkins for next year’s groupings if that is allowed.

We just have to get organized earlier next year and start sending copies of Paperbag Princess and Coraline to everyone.




*not really, we don’t. don’t worry.

Not Karana!! Sigh. She was a real person!! SHE KICKED ASS IN REAL LIFE!!!

I feel like there should be some sort of Middlemarch Madness Lifetime Achievement Award for her, like that Oscar they give out to certain actors – you know you didn’t actually win it, but it’s nice to have just the same.

Now the question is… Do we become petty and try to bring about the downfall of Katniss?

Funnily enough, I don’t think that’s what the PBP would do. Le sigh. Right. So I suppose now I’m rooting for Irene Adler and McGonagall.

*Shakes head sadly*

Imma gonna repeat myself here. Paperbag Princess KICKS ASS, is self-sufficient, and is the female heroine that all boys, girls, men and women should read. So here is the link to – it’s only 6.95 and it’s a FINE GIFT for yourself, for women going off to college, for women going through divorce, for young girls who don’t get enough exposure to strong, smart, independent women.

I’ll be here next year, waving my arms and using the caps lock, saying:


Your avatar perfectly sums up my reaction that none (!) of the Pratchett women made it through. I am doubly bummed because I just read about his Alzheimer’s and now I’m sad thinking that not too long from now there’s going to be no new Pratchett books. He has such an amazing brain. I want to kick Alzheimer’s in the crotch even more now.

I’ve not read Pratchett for ages, but I want you all to know that your support of them tipped my hand in a couple of instances. And now I’ve got more books on the to-read list, so now we strategize for next year (see: Paperbag Princess bandwagon as well)

Wow, I’m surprised that so few of the Pratchett women made it, given all the vocal fans ’round these parts. I guess more of us have read Game of Thrones, or seen the TV show. Once I get done with about 6 other books currently in my queue, I’m gonna get Mort from the library and see what all the fuss is about.

I saw that someone on one of the other Middlemarch Madness threads suggested that next year we only have one heroine/series or author. As much as I love my Game of Thrones ladies, I think that’s probably a good idea. It’ll make voting fairer and more interesting for everyone, hopefully.

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