Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness III: Round One, Poll Three

Today we’re pitting the 6 and 11 seeds, and the 3 and 14 seeds in all four categories.

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Young Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

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  • Seed #6 EllaElla Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine v. seed #11 SabrielLirael and Abhorsen, by Garth Nix
  • Seed #3 Meg MurrayA Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle v. seed #14 SeptemberThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherine M. Valtente


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[myo_poll poll = 112617 “box” perc = “yes”]

[myo_poll poll = 112619 “box” perc = “yes”]

Young Adult Literary Fiction

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  • Seed #6 Laura IngallsLittle House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane v. seed #11 Claudia KincaidFrom the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Seed #3 Ramona QuimbyRamona series, by Beverly Cleary v. seed #14 Liesel MemingerThe Book Thief, by Markus Zusack


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[myo_poll poll = 112620 “box” perc = “yes”]

[myo_poll poll = 112621 “box” perc = “yes”]

Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

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  • Seed #6 Nanny OggDiscword series, by Terry Pratchett v. seed #11 YeineThe Hundred Thousand Kingdoms series, by N.K. Jemison
  • Seed #3 DeathSandman, by Neil Gaiman v. seed #14 MoretaMoreta: Dragonlady of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey


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[myo_poll poll = 112623 “box” perc = “yes”]

[myo_poll poll = 112622 “box” perc = “yes”]

Adult Literary Fiction

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  • Seed #6 Scarlet O’HaraGone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell v. seed #11 SetheBeloved, by Toni Morrison
  • Seed #3 Elinor DashwoodSense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen v. seed #14 Mary Katherine “Merricat” BlackwoodWe Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson


Click to vote. 

[myo_poll poll = 112624 “box” perc = “yes”]

[myo_poll poll = 112625 “box” perc = “yes”]

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.

17 replies on “Middlemarch Madness III: Round One, Poll Three”

Laura vs. Claudia is stumping me. They’re essentially the same character, a century apart. They’re both:

  • Fiercely independent.
  • Responsible for younger siblings.
  • Adventure seekers.
  • Wicked smart.
  • Incredibly resourceful.

I was an only kid, and I spent countless hours pretending to be both of these characters. (When I played The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, I was Mr. Tumnus.) Picking between them is like trying to decide which of my cats I love the best.

Everyone should vote for Merricat, who truly has one of the most unique and interesting voices I’ve ever read. Let her tell you about herself (the book’s first paragraph):
“My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.”
TEAM MERRICAT FOR LIFE. Or, as it says in the book, “Bow down to our adored Mary Katherine.”

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