Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness III: Round One, Poll Two

Another day, another day to cast some votes for your favorite literary ladies. 

Today we’re pitting the 5 and 12 seeds, and the 4 and 13 seeds in all four categories.

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Young Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

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  • Seed #5 Alice, Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll v. seed #12 Arietty, The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
  • Seed #4 Lyra Belacqua, His Dark Materials trilogy, by Phillip Pullman v. seed #13 Tally Youngblood, The Uglies series, by Scott Westerfield


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[myo_poll poll = 112589 “box” perc = “yes”]

[myo_poll poll = 112590 “box” perc = “yes”]

Young Adult Literary Fiction

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  • Seed #5 Marjane SatrapiPersepolis, by Marjane Satrapi v. seed #12 HazelThe Fault in our Stars, by John Green
  • Seed #4 Nancy DrewNancy Drew series, by Carolyn Keene v. seed #13 LeslieBridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson


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[myo_poll poll = 112591 “box” perc = “yes”]

[myo_poll poll = 112592 “box” perc = “yes”]

Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

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  • Seed #5 MorgaineThe Mists of Avalon, by Marion Bradley Zimmer  v. seed #12 Phèdre nó DelaunayKushiel’s Legacy series, by Jacqueline Carey
  • Seed #4 Thursday Next, Thursday Next series, by Jasper Fforde v. seed #13 Reverend Mother Gaius Hele MohiamDune series, by Frank Herbert


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[myo_poll poll = 112593 “box” perc = “yes”]

[myo_poll poll = 112594 “box” perc = “yes”]

Adult Literary Fiction

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  • #5 Miss Marple, assorted works, by Agatha Christie v. #12 Lily Owens, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kid
  • #4  PenelopeThe Odyssy, by Homer v. #13 Catherine EarnshawWuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë


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[myo_poll poll = 112595 “box” perc = “yes”]

[myo_poll poll = 112596 “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.

15 replies on “Middlemarch Madness III: Round One, Poll Two”

Guys, Leslie. LESLIE.

“It was Leslie who had taken him from the cow pasture into Terabithia and turned him into a king. He had thought that was it. Wasn’t king the best you could be? Now it occurred to him that perhaps Terabithia was like a castle where you came to be knighted. After you stayed for a while and grew strong you had to move on. For hadn’t Leslie, even in Terabithia, tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to the shining world—huge and terrible and beautiful and very fragile? (Handle with care—everything—even the predators.)

Now it was time for him to move out. She wasn’t there, so he must go for both of them. It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength.

As for the terrors ahead—for he did not fool himself that they were all behind him—well, you just have to stand up to your fear and not let it squeeze you white. Right, Leslie?


That vote is particularly rough for me, because I discovered Nancy Drew right around the same time, and I love Nancy. (Maybe not as much as I love her chubby friend, and she was totally too good for that numbskull, Ned, but still.)

Leslie lived, but Nancy thought her way out of scrapes, and outwitted everyone around her. Sure, she was bound by some unpleasant mid-century gender roles, and she was always the “good girl,” but she wasn’t passive.

Leslie was probably as critically important to my formative years as Nancy, though.

I know why that vote is so close. I don’t even know who I want to win.

*Disclaimer – I’m voting this year, when I normally abstain, because I can’t see the answers otherwise. Shoulda tested that first.

I still cry every time I read the end of Bridge to Terabithia. I was working in a class and one of the reading groups was reading it, and they were getting to the very end and I started to tear up a little bit. One of the kids caught me wiping my eyes and goes, “It’s okay, Miss G. It’s really sad, isn’t it?” Leslie is amazing. Early Nancy Drew is a moron. LESLIIIIIEEEEEEEEE!

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