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Middlemarch Madness II: The Contenders Announced

First, apologies, because these are not yet plugged into an actual bracket. Let me explain. Wait. Let me sum up. My hard drive flipped over and died yesterday morning, containing the very pretty bracket I made for all of you (and the software I need to make it). I will be getting it re-installed as soon as I find the disk. The disk is in the basement, because nearly everything I own is down there, due to the new carpeting I had installed last week. SO. 

Because I love you, and I fear some of you (you know who you are, @mxandb) would hunt me down and make me tell you if I didn’t spill the list, I do have the complete list of nominees and their seeds. I’ll be humping it over the weekend to turn it into a real bracket, I swear. Update: I do have a bracket up and running, with all the matchups and the dates: Middlemarch Madness II

Young Adult Literary Fiction

16. Julie (Julie of the Wolves  by Jean Craighead George)

15. Margaret Simon (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume)

14. Winnie (Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit)

13. Sara Crew (A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

12. Turtle Wexler (The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin)

11. George (Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene)

10. Cassie (Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor)

9. Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)

8. Mary Lennox (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

7. Claudia (From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsberg)

6. Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.)

5. Pippi Longstocking (The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren)

4. Karana (Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell)

3. Ramona Quimby (Ramona Collection by Beverly Cleary)

2. Violete Baudelaire (The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13) by Lemony Snickett)

1. Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)

Young Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

16. Paperbag Princess (The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch)

15. Tiffany Aching (The Wee Free Men  by Terry Pratchett)

14. Lirael (Lirael (Abhorsen Trilogy) by Garth Nix)

13. Sabriel (Sabriel (Abhorsen Trilogy) by Garth Nix)

12. Alanna (Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce)

11. Ella (Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine)

10. Rue (The Hunger Games Trilogy  by Suzanne Collins)

9. Mrs. Weasley (Harry Potter  series by J.K. Rowling)

8. Coraline (Coraline: The Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman)

7. Lyra Belaqua (His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman)

6. Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

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)

4. Matilda (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

3. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

2. Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)

Adult Literary Fiction

16. Emma Woodhouse (Emma by Jane Austen)

15. The women of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

14. Idgie (Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg)

13. Hua Mulan (The Ballad of Mulan by Song Nan Zhang)

12. Anne Eliott (Persuasion by Jane Austen)

11. Lysistrata (Lysistrata by Aristophanes)

10. Miss Marple (Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie)

9. Thursday Next (Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde)

8. Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen)

7. Clarice Starling (The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)

6. Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing by Willie the Shakes)

5. Antigone (Antigone by Sophocles)

4. Marjane (The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi)

3. Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle)

2. Lisbeth Salander (Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson)

1. Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

16. Alia Atreides (Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert)

15. Vivianne (The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley)

14. Angua (Guards series by Terry Pratchett)

13. Lady Sybil Ramkin (Guards series by Terry Pratchett)

12. Sookie Stackhouse’s precious fairy vagina (Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris)

11. Selina Kyle (Catwoman DC Universe)

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)

9. Susan Sto Helit (Death series by Terry Pratchett)

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)

7. Nanny Ogg (Witches series by Terry Pratchett)

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)

5. Morgaine (The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley)

4. Elphaba Thropp (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire)

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)

2. June/Offred (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood)

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)

If you’re not familiar with how these bracket things work, pairs will be matched up by their seed. So, the ones will go up against the sixteens, the twos against the fifteens, the threes against the fourteens and so forth. We’ll be running eight matches per day throughout the first round, then fewer per day as we narrow down the badass ladies.

Start your smack talk now, so @pileofmonkeys can threaten you with her armored bear.

Vote Turtle! (And buy books! They’re good for you!)

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.

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