My bookish and clever darlings, it’s my favorite time of year.
For new readers, Middlemarch Madness is our version of the ubiquitous March bracket. Instead of rooting for our favorite college basketball teams, we pit our favorite lady characters from all our favorite books against each other, in a bloody, emotional battle to the finish. Middlemarch Madness is not for the weak of heart.
Here’s a quick recap of how things go:
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- We’ll be taking nominations all week, starting tomorrow.
- There are four categories, YA literary fiction, YA sci-fi, fantasy and dystopia, adult literary fiction, and adult sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopia.
- By the end of every Middlemarch, I get really tired of typing “sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopia.”
- Previous final four contenders are not eligible in subsequent years, because I’m mean. That includes Granny Weatherwax, Hermione Granger (winner: 2011), Jo March, and Anne Shirley from year one, and Arya Stark, Scout Finch, Elizabeth Bennett, and Minerva McGonagall (winner: 2012) from year two.
- Campaigning for your favorites is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.
- New rule for 2013: Only one character per author will be allowed in the nominations.
- Almost new rule for 2013: I almost banned all the Potter women from being nominated this year, because Potter women always win. However, that means that these women are probably really important to you, readers, so who am I to deny these literary badasses from playing. Plus, if the Internet has taught me anything, it’s to never underestimate Potter fans.
Let’s get all riled up in the comments, and feel free to ask any questions.