Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness IV: The Top 32

After counting all your votes, and a few close calls (including a last minute hustle by Pippi Longstocking), we’re ready to share the top 32 with you.

Here’s a PDF of the updated bracket.

Here’s how the matches will play out next week:


  • Scout Finch v. Alice
  • Luna Lovegood v. Ella
  • Elizabeth Bennett v. Sethe
  • Arya v. Clarice Starling


  • Jo March v. Anne Shirley
  • Alanna v. Lyra Belaqua
  • Lily Bristow v. Thursday Next
  • Death v. Elphaba


  • Harriet v. Ramona
  • Sophie v. Katniss
  • Grace Makutsi v. Jane Eyre
  • Agnes Nutter v. Buttercup


  • Pippi v. Violet
  • Cimorene v. Matilda
  • Leah Price v. Beatrice
  • Eowyn v. Offred

Some of these pairings would make great fanfic. Join us right here, all week, at 5 p.m., EST, for all your literary lady polling needs.

A vote for Grace is a vote against Jane. I’m just sayin’. (And also winking, but it’s my job to stir the pot.)

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.

5 replies on “Middlemarch Madness IV: The Top 32”

Oh my word. I don’t think I can survive Wednesday. Jo vs. Anne? The same day as Alanna vs. Lyra? I can’t even TAKE those pairings.

But come Friday, VOTE EOWYN! She slew the witch king of Angmar. Offred slept with a dude and hoped someone would save her. There is a clear winner when it comes to badass-itude folks!

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