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Middlemarch Madness III: Round Two, Poll Three

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Young Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

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  • Seed #6 EllaElla Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine v. seed #3 Meg MurryA Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle

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Young Adult Literary Fiction

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  • Seed #11 Claudia KincaidFrom the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg v. seed #3 Ramona QuimbyRamona series, by Beverly Cleary

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Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

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  • Seed #6 Nanny OggDiscword series, by Terry Pratchett v. seed #3 DeathSandman, by Neil Gaiman

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Adult Literary Fiction

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  • Seed #11 SetheBeloved, by Toni Morrison v. seed #3 Elinor DashwoodSense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen

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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.

12 replies on “Middlemarch Madness III: Round Two, Poll Three”

That said: NANNY OGG 4EVA. Why?

‘Nanny Ogg went to bed early. After all, she was an old lady. Sometimes she went to bed as early as 6 a.m.’

‘Magrat: “…what about this rule about not meddling?”
Nanny Ogg: “Ah. The thing is, as you progress in the Craft, you’ll learn there is another rule. Esme’s obeyed it all her life.”
Magrat: “And what’s that?”
Nanny Ogg: “When you break rules, break ’em good and hard.” ‘

‘Nanny’s philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down.’

I mean, Ella is a good heroine, but let’s look at Meg Murry.

She’s the awkward oldest child who never fits in, is brilliant but has terrible social skills, saves her baby brother (and the universe, at least that time) by loving him, grows up to be gorgeous AND smart (just like her mother), helps save the world again by finding something unhateable about a bully she despises, helps save the world AGAIN with telepathy, and has a career while raising a family. Oh, and Madeleine L’Engle wrote these books during the early 60s through the 80s. And, well, she remembered her miserable childhood (in which she adored and resented her gorgeous, Nobel Prize winning mother) enough to wait until her children were all in school before finishing her PhD. Which she finished. With seven kids. During the eighties. Because Meg Murry O’Keefe is a badass.

Oh, Selena. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half…nope, nope, just all agony. I have no beef with Toni Morrison, but Jane Austen is one of my all time favorite authors and when it comes down to it, Elinor is probably her most badass character. It makes me sad when good (if cruel overlord0ish) people don’t love Austen and/or Elinor.

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