Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness IV: Adult Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Dystopia Nominations

The women of Westeros (and Westeros-adjacent) are the ones to beat, as always. Who will rise among the bracket to challenge them, and which Westerosi will make it to the end? You’ll have to wait to find out, dear bookish poodles. You’ll have to wait. 

Drop your nominations in the comments below. You’ll have until Friday to nominate in this or any other category, and next week we’ll start narrowing the contenders down to those who’ll be in the bracket.

Middlemarch Madness contenders do not need to be the primary focus of the books they occupy. They do not even need to be protagonists. Above all else, MMM contenders are interesting female characters (not to be confused with Strong Female Characters, but there’s some overlap).

Let the nominations begin! May the odds be ever in your choice’s favor. To nominate, tell us your choice’s name, the book or book series they appeared in, and the author. You may nominate as many characters as you’d like.

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.

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Eowyn, Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (admittedly basing this on the movies since I read the books forever ago)
Ellie Sattler, Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (ditto)
Brienne of Tarth, Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin

And clearly I need to reread a bunch of Mercedes Lackey and the other fantasy books I loved in high school/college because I can’t remember any others specifically!

Victoria “Vic” McQueen — NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Dana Franklin — Kindred by Octavia Butler
Laura Caxton — 13 Bullets series by David Wellington
Michonne — Walking Dead
Sookie Stackhouse — Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
Death — The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
Rachel Morgan — Dead Witch Walking series by Kim Harrison
Anyanwu — Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Clarice Starling — Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman — Duh
Mercy Thompson — Series by Patricia Briggs
Sonja Blue — Sunglasses after Dark by Nancy Collins
Y.T. — Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson
Nell — The Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson

Hannah Payne – When She Woke – Hillary Jordan
Offred – Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Yeine – Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin
Oree – Broken Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin
Shahar – Kingdom of the Gods – N.K. Jemisin
Luisa Rey, Sonmi 451, & Meronym – Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Sunshine – Sunshine – Robin McKinley

Do graphic novels count? If so:
Dodola – Habibi – Craig Thompson
Annie & Kat – Gunnerkrigg Court – Tom Sidell
Alison – Strong Female Protagonist – Brennan Lee Mulligan

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