Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness III: Meet Your Sweet Sixteen

We said goodbye to some fantastic ladies this past week. 

We might be in a fight about some of them. It’s a good thing I love you all so much, or I would have a very large sad.

YA Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

Luna Lovegood

Lyra Belacqua

Meg Murray

Katniss Everdeen

YA Literary Fiction

Pippi Longstocking

Marjane Satrapi

Ramona Quimby

Harriet, the Spy

Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia



Nanny Ogg (by the tiniest of margins)

Daenerys Targaryen

Adult Literary Fiction


Miss Marple

Elinor Dashwood


We’ll start voting again tomorrow, with two polls per day on Tuesday through Friday. This upcoming week will be the last one where you have the entire week to vote, as things are going to start moving fast as we go from eight to one.

Here’s the updated bracket: Middlemarch Madness III

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.

16 replies on “Middlemarch Madness III: Meet Your Sweet Sixteen”

I’m in mourning for losing Kel and Alexia. :(

I have a defense for why Luna is a badass, even though I don’t see many people decrying her. She’s a quiet badass…no matter what comes her way, she sticks to her own personality and does what she thinks is right. She’s had sadness in her life, and people tease her because she’s different, and through it all Luna keeps wearing her radish earrings and being odd. That takes strength.

I have no defense for Jane Eyre.

I’ve been a Luna naysayer from the beginning, but I actually have been convinced she’d a badass (there’s a fantastic defense of her on an earlier post.) However, I still think the only reason she beats mega-badasses like Kel (oh Kel…someday you’ll go further in this competition, because you deserve it…) is because she’s from the most popular series of books in modern times. I really think a lot of people vote for her just because of HP, not because they’ve considered her badass qualities or actually believe she’s more of a badass than, say, Kel. Because she’s not. Because Kel is AWESOME.

That said, I am more okay with her because I have definitely been convinced that she is a legitimate badass in her own way.

It seriously makes me happy that Pippi is still in it. She beats all those other girls by a country mile.

And yes, I snickered that Offred is, too, I know she won’t last (first round is my bet), but I’ll laugh up my sleeve until she goes.

In my head, they both are entirely in the “people love their books so they mistakenly assume the main characters must be badasses” category. I’m sure some people would argue with that, but 1.) I really don’t think either of them are badasses, so… and 2.) It makes me feel better to think this.

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