Middlemarch Madness

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

Bring out your Lyras, your Katnisses, and more. It’s time to nominate some female characters who live in outer space, fight dragons, slay vampires, and survive in a bleak future. Probably not all at the same time. 

Nominate your favorites in the comments. 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.

10 replies on “Middlemarch Madness IV: YA Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Dystopia Nominations”

Blue, The Raven Boys series, Maggie Stiefvater
Puck, The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
Tris, Divergent series, Veronica Roth
Lena, Delirium series, Lauren Oliver
Viola, Chaos Walking series (The Knife of Never Letting Go), Patrick Ness
Miri, Princess Academy books, Shannon Hale
Elisa, Girl of Fire and Thorns series, Rae Carson
Gemma Doyle, Gemma Doyle series, Libba Bray
Alexa Hollon, Defy, Sara B. Larson

Plus all the other ladies everyone else named. This category is the hardest one!

Alanna, The Song of the Lioness Quartet, Tamora Pierce
Kel, Protector of the Small, Tamora Pierce
Karou, Daughter of Smoke and Bone & Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor
Seraphina, Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
Katsa, Graceling, Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue, Bitterblue, Kristen Cashore
Cimmorene, Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C Wrede
Ella, Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine

Harry – The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley
hell, let’s say Aerin from The Hero & The Crown, also by R.M.
Lyra – Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
Lirael – Lirael, Garth Nix
Sabriel – Sabriel, G.N.
Cimorene – Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C Wrede
Alanna, Daine, Kel, Beka, Sandry, Tris, Aly from various Tamora Pierce books (sorry, in a hurry, sister wants a donut) (pick whichever you want, just trying to flesh out the competition, also I love them all)
Sophie – Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
Jill Pole – Narnia books – CS Lewis

wooo I’ll come back if I think of more, I love Middlemarch Madness and spent most of my teenage years buried in YA fantasy

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