Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day Two

Welcome back! Today we’ll be matching up the sixes vs. the elevens and the sevens vs. the tens. Prepare yourself, it’s going to be really tough!

Today’s pairings:

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)

Happy voting!

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.

106 replies on “Middlemarch Madness II: Voting Day Two”

I think it’s probably too late to get a response from anyone so maybe I’ll post again in tomorrow’s thread, but I have one comment and one question.

Hopefully, this isn’t against the rules of advocating characters, but if this is an annual thing I would love to see Susie Derkins get a chance.

Also, thank you for all of the warm welcomes on the various threads.  This seems like a stellar community.

The contestants are all picked from characters the commentariat nominates, then we vote again to narrow the field, then the competition starts in earnest. So next year, absolutely, nominate Susie Derkins and if she gets enough support from others as well she’ll be in. Hope that’s clear?

And you’re very welcome for the welcome (heh) :)

Ginny vs. Ella?? You have no clue how hard that is!! Ok, you probably do. And Laura Ingalls Wilder vs. George?  Claudia vs. Cassie? You’re making me choose between childhood favorites everywhere today!

And of course, I love it. :) I LOVE Middlemarch MADNESSS!!!!

I GOT TO SEE IT. It was fabulous. I loved it so much.

Basically every time we went to the movies for months and we saw a Fathom Events ad, I mentioned to the Mister that I hoped desperately that they would do a Fathom Events one night only special thing for Much Ado with Tennant and Tate until finally he was like, “Let’s just go to London. We’re young. We don’t have kids. Let’s do it.” I had just gotten laid off and was getting paid out a boatload of unused vacation time, so we ended up using that money to actually take a vacation, which I hadn’t done properly in two years. It was pretty awesome. And the play was amazing. Highlight of last year, really.


Also, Laura Ingalls Wilder can come sit by me. I STILL have the complete collection of books AND the book she later wrote about her first year of marriage.

…and I’ve read most of Miss Marple. That dame was bold. Crafty and bold.

I’m starting to think that I need to get this Discworld business on to the top of my book pile.

Did you know, there is speculation that Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, actually wrote the entire series? I can’t remember where I read it,, maybe?  After comparing writing samples they know came from Laura to some of Rose’s later published works, they think Rose either wrote them all or contributed a great deal to the final product.  I’m not sure how much of a scandal I’d call it, but I thought it was interesting and even kind of cool.

It wouldn’t surprise me if they had similar writing styles considering Laura would probably have had some influence on how Rose wrote.

And even over time, style can change. Once I read a book on writing, it greatly affected how I structure a sentence. I think my writing style improved by something like 50% after reading that book.

(that’s not hard to do when one’s writing style sucks to begin with…)

I’m new to the site and this March Madness nearly brought a tear to my eye.  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’s Cassie?  The Paperbag Princess?  George from Nancy Drew? Ramona Quimby?  Sigh.  I am finally home.  I love this place.  Where have you been my entire life?!

I’m so glad you’re here, but I almost feel bad. Middlemarch Madness will break your heart. The plus side is that, no matter who wins, we all know that these ladies kick ass, and the brackets inspire awesome new reading. I read The Westing Game and The Hunger Games after last year’s competition and my life is better for it.

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