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Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day 10

Welcome back, dear readers, it’s that time again.

Today we’re pairing two contenders from both the YA Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia and Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia categories. The results will all be revealed on Friday, with each poll open for roughly 24 hours (less on Thursday night/Friday, so I can get the results post ready.)

On the YA end of things, we’ve got Katniss Everdeen vs. Meg Murray, and on the adult end, it’s Daenerys Targaryen vs. June/Offred.

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.

26 replies on “Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day 10”

I…I don’t understand.  Maybe it wasn’t clear…How did this happen?

Meg v Katniss?  How – What – Why?  What?  Meg v Katniss.

Older sister v Older sister.
Scientist v Warrior.
OK.

Scientist wins.  Vote Meg.  (I’m still a little sad about Katniss.)

This is going to be painful.  Voting was the easy part – I don’t know Meg Murray and I adore Katniss, and I can’t STAND Offred and I think Dany rocks.  But if either of my ladies lose – due to my insane love of Katniss and my insane dislike of Offred – I will be really upset.  VOTE KATNISS!  VOTE DANY!

MEG EFFING MURRAY.

Since the advocacy paragraphs were dropped, I’m copying and pasting the paragraph I wrote in the comments last week:

Meg Murray is a stubborn awkward, dorky teenager whose scientist parents have fostered her love of all things science, even though she’s far from a stellar student.  After her father goes mysteriously missing, a peculiar old woman shows up at her house and declares that “The *is* such a thing as a tesseract,” and she soon winds up being transported (along with her brother and a boy who has a crush on her) across the universe (via the fifth dimension) to rescue her father, who is in the clutches of an unspecified evil entity.*  She’s awesome because she is unwavingeringly herself:  she is stubborn, awkward, and dorky, and remains so throughout the book.  She doesn’t flinch in the face of her mission, faces down all sorts of unpleasantness with alacrity, and that boy who has a crush on her?  She basically says to him “sure, you can come along if you want, but I’m not changing who I am or what I’m up to just because you’re around.”  AND SHE DOESN’T.  She’s not flashy or glamorous or effusive, but she’s Meg Effing Murray, and she remains so even though it would be very easy for her to morph into someone… easier.  As a young girl I saw a lot of myself in her, and as a grown woman I realize how good of a literary role model she was.

*  The evil entity is specified, but I’m being vague so that the story doesn’t get spoiled.

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