Middlemarch Madness

Your Middlemarch Madness IV Bracket

The tabulation unicorns have counted all your votes, and we’re ready to reveal the 64 wonderful women who’ve made it through to the tournament bracket. 

PDF of MMMIV Bracket

*Note, you’ll need to embiggen it to read the words. If you don’t want to take it all in at once, here are your ladies by category, listed from most votes to fewest.

Young Adult Literary Fiction

(YALF, just because it’s fun to say.)

  1. Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Violet Baudelaire, from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  3. Ramona Quimby, by Beverly Cleary
  4. Anne Shirley, from the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maude Montgomery
  5. Jo March, from Little Women et. al. by Louisa May Alcott
  6. Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
  7. Laura Ingalls, from the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  8. Alice, from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  9. Mia, from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  10. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  11. Leslie, from Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson
  12. Turtle Wexler, from The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  13. Karana, from Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  14. Francie, from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  15. Cassie, from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  16. Hazel, from The Fault in our Stars by John Green

(I think it’s pretty cool that 13/16 YALF authors are women.)

Young Adult Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Dystopia (YASFHD)

  1. Luna Lovegood, from you all know where, by J.K. Rowling
  2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  3. Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  4. Lyra Belaqua, from His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
  5. Alanna, from The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce
  6. Sophie, from Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
  7. Cimmorene, from Dealing with Dragons by Patrica C. Wrede
  8. Ella, from Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
  9. Katsa, from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  10. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  11. Tris, from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth
  12. Jill Pole, from the Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis
  13. Unicorn, The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
  14. Tiffany Aching, from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
  15. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  16. ElisaGirl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

Adult Literary Fiction (ALF)

Readers, I love you, but I don’t understand at least half of these. We’re going to have to have a talk about Jane Eyre.

  1. Elizabeth Bennett, from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Beatrice, from Much Ado about Nothing, by William Shakespeare
  3. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
  4. Thursday Next, by Jasper Fforde
  5. Scarlett O’Hara, from Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  6. Grace Makutsi, from The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  7. Esther Greenwood, from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  8. Tita, from Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  9. Sethe, from Beloved by Toni Morrison
  10. Leah Price, from The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  11. Claudia, from Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  12. Lily Bristow, from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  13. Blanche duBois, from A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  14. Dorothea Brooke, from Middlemarch by George Eliot (Believe it or not, this is her first time in the bracket that was named for her book.)
  15. Margaret Schlegel, from Howards End by E.M. Forster
  16. Nora, from A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Adult Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Dystopia (ASFHD)

  1. Arya Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
  2. Offred, A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. Buttercup, from A Princess Bride by William Goldman
  4. Elphaba, from Wicked by Gregory Macguire
  5. Death, from Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  6. Agnes Nutter, Witch, from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  7. Eowyn, from The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein
  8. Alexia Tarrabotti, from The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
  9. Clarice Starling, from The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris
  10. Morgaine, from The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  11. Ellie Sattler, from Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  12. Kathy H, from Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  13. Yeine, from Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
  14. Michonne, from The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  15. Karrin Murphy, from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
  16. Sonmi 452, from Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The voting starts tomorrow!

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 “Your Middlemarch Madness IV Bracket”

I did the same! In my wishful thinking, I end up with Lyra v. Elphaba, for a Lyra win (or GTFO). She does seem to drop out at the end every year, and I’m worried about her probable match-up against Luna.

However, I’d love to see Cassie from Roll of Thunder go farther this year. I don’t think she even made it through the first round in 2013, which broke my heart. I’d love to see her in the Final Four, but I think both Ramona and Scout will be tough for her to beat.

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