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Middlemarch Madness II: The Final Vote

At last the final decision is upon us. Find out who won yesterday’s two polls and vote for the ultimate winner of Middlemarch Madness II, after the break. 

I’ll be right here tomorrow to crown the winner. Put on your fanciest blog-wear and we’ll make it a thing.

First up, your Young Adult champion is the inimitable Minerva McGonagall; your adult champion is Arya Stark.

Vote like you won’t get to do this again until next year.

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.

58 replies on “Middlemarch Madness II: The Final Vote”

As a rep for both Team JB Fletcher and Miss Marple, I feel it necessary to do my diligence to help those BAMFs who have come before all other BAMFs. And while, chronologically, Prof McGonagall may not have initially existed before Arya, her storyline is one to respect and her old lady bamfyness has inspired many others to become old lady BAMFs themselves.

Also, she’s wicked with a wand. I dig that.

 

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I have feelings about this.

She is so damn badass, and just as a background character! Imagine how amazing she is when she’s the focus! SHE IS SOMEONE TO ASPIRE TO, not merely a figure of Oh She’s So Cool but someone you could in fact BE, if you too summon up her awesome qualities!

I wonder if McGonagall will win this just based on exposure since so many people have read Harry Potter. The HBO series has made Song of Ice and Fire (why does my brain want to call it Song of Fire and Ice so badly?!) more popular, but not quite to Harry Potter levels. At any rate, I love McGonagall but I’m 100% Team Arya on this one.

I didn’t like Sansa very much at first, but she more than earned my respect. I felt so sorry for her, because in a lot of ways, she was the girl who followed the gender norms, but it screwed her over. She felt first-hand how little respect that really lent her in their patriarchal society.

She shows a hell of a lot of strength in the face of that.

She’s an interesting character, and she definitely grows and matures after everything she goes through in Kings Landing (and afterwards…). I often wonder if her character would be any different if (SPOILER from the first book) Lady hadn’t been killed. I love the connections between the Stark kids and the direwolves. I really, really want Arya and Nimeria meet up again.

Me too.  MMII has brought little but wailing and gnashing of teeth to Millieville.  My flailing and shameless advocacy has been all for naught, naught I say!  :(

Here’s a hedgehog with a strawberry hat for those of us commiserating:

I think Downton’s a factor too; Maggie Smith is the greatest. I’ll be happy if she wins, but also a little guilty that two Harry Potter ladies won in a row. I promise I read other things!

And I’m seriously considering making A Song of Ice and Fire my summer reading project. Or at least giving the TV show another shot. I feel left out!

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