Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day Six

We’re back for the second batch of brutal votes for this round. Today, we’ve got some really tough pairs, so take a moment before you click through to vote. 

Remember: Voting will stay open for slightly less than 24 hours on each poll, and all results will be announced on Friday.

Here are today’s pairs:

Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder) vs. Ramona Quimby (Ramona Collection by Beverly Cleary)

Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) vs. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing by Willie the Shakes) vs. Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle)

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. 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)

To the voting!

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

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47 replies on “Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day Six”

Geez, these were tough.  Ginny vs. Luna?  I chose Luna but only because Ginny got Harry and Luna . .  well, she’s Luna.

Brienne vs. Daenerys was tough, too.  I went with Daenerys because, you know, she has dragons but I love Brienne.

Irene and Beatrice was hard for me. Very very hard. In the end, I went with Beatrice, because I believe she could best Sherlock just as well as Irene, but instead of smiling mysteriously at him, Beatrice would have had a pithy response, in iambic pentameter, to throw in his face. I’ll take sassy over classy any day.

I can’t even decide between Laura and Ramona. I just can’t. :( So, I didn’t. I throw up my hands in defeat.

(I go by Ramona St. every day on the bus even! I still can’t decide! I used to play Pioneers as a kid and fought for, and always won, the role of Laura. Even then! Gah!)



This is easy.  Laura defeated death DAILY.  Her doll?  Was a freaking CORNCOB.  And she felt lucky to play with the bladder of a PIG.  And if you’ve never seen it, Psyched on the Prairie has recapped the first five Little House books to prove that they’re a tale of child and spousal abuse and death defying feats of pioneerism.

Ramona Quimby.  It is to laugh.  I bet she couldn’t lead 13 kids home for 2 miles in a deathly blizzard.

The life experiences of each character is different, sure but Ramona – she and I were very similar. I could relate in real life to Ramona. Laura’s life was my fantasy life.

Also, her relation to Portland made me feel like my city was special.

I couldn’t choose. Both were such an important and memorable part of my childhood (both in book and television form – who else remembers Sarah Polley as Ramona?). Luna vs Ginny I can do, but I’ll be damned if you make me choose between Ramona and Laura!

Yeah, as far as long term Neville is definitely a better pick. Though I think a shorter term thing with Luna could be healing for Harry, He’s too. . . well, Harry. While the short term might make him slightly less self-involved, it wouldn’t be enough to allow for a healthy relationship.

Then again, while he and grown up ginny are a decent/good personality match, I have my concerns about how healthy their relationship could be, especially at the beginning of it. I think they both needed to experience being mundane witches and wizards on their own before shacking up, but it seems like everyone in HP marries young sooooo. . .

I went with Luna because I felt like she had it harder than Ginny. Yes, Ginny was possessed blah blah we read the books. But Ginny had her brothers, Harry, Hermione, and everyone else. Luna, even within the circle of friends, always seemed like she was being pitied and just allowed to hang around them. Even though I think she was one of their biggest supporters and they could have learned a lot from her. So, Luna! for today!

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