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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

In which fashion is tone deaf not once, but twice.

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Just for Fun

Seven Reasons to Love Hermione Granger, in Case You Didn’t Already

It’s been a few years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 hit theaters, and in the time since, I’ve probably watched the entire Harry Potter movie series twice, maybe thrice. I finished my most recent viewing a couple of weeks ago and thought it would quench my thirst for all things […]

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Perspectives

The Bella Swan Saga: A Perspective

Twilight first came to my attention when I heard cries of, “Move over Harry Potter!” One was not amused. I’m part of the Harry Potter Generation and, well, I heart Harry. So I picked up Twilight in early 2009, wanting to see what the fuss was all about, and found myself ordering the other three […]

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Book Club

Introducing the Persephone Book Club

I can’t think of a better place for an online book club than a blog for bookish ladies.   At the suggestion of the amazing @slaybelle, we decided that there was no better way to follow up Middlemarch Madness than to read some of the wonderful books from the bracket together.

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: Championship

This is our last vote together, we’re down to the final two badasses.  In spite of my fear of being pitchforked, this has been one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done.  I’m going to miss doing this every day.  Not enough to do it again until next year, but you know what I’m […]

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: The Final Four

We’re just 48 hours away from knowing the winner of the inaugural run of Persephone Magazine’s Middlemarch Madness, and boy has it been a ride!  I’m not sure if tonight’s results will have any surprises, but let’s click on and meet the winners anyway, shall we?

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness, Elite Eight Day Two

Welcome back to another evening of results.  Selena here, reporting from a good fifty miles below Persephone H.Q.  I want everyone to remember, as we go through these last few battles together, that I love each and every one of you.  Let’s all take a deep breath before we click, and quietly put all the […]

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: The Elite Eight Revealed

This one was down to the buzzer, readers, with one victor moving on to the Elite Eight by only two votes.  You are not going to believe what happens after the cut today, ladyreaders. 

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Day Two

OH THE HUMANITY.  There will be some sad fans in Persephone world tonight, ladyreaders.  We’re sending two more contenders away and adding two badasses to the Elite Eight with tonight’s vote, but first let’s see how last night turned out.   Click on, if you dare!

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Voting, Day One

Welcome back! It’s Monday, and we’re about to embark on a week of really harsh decisions.  To make the pain of having to pick a little less, we’ll only be voting on two pairs each day this week, with the Elite Eight revealed on Friday.  Next week, we’ll create the Final Four on Monday and […]

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness Voting: Day 10

Here we are again, ready to add four new literary badasses into the Sweet Sixteen.  Once again, I don’t think there will be any surprises, but some of the races were closer than I expected.  Click on to find out last night’s winners and meet tonight’s batch of contestants.

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: The 64 Contenders

After a great week of voting, we’ve narrowed down all four of our divisions to the top sixteen badass ladies of literature.  March is going to be so much fun, as long as we don’t have Turtle fans shiving Katniss fans in the comments.  Or maybe even if we do…

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness – Narrowing the Sci-fi/Fantasy Olds

Last night we looked at the nominees for the YA SciFi/Fantasy division of our upcoming Middlemarch bracket competition.  We have our top 16, which I’ll reveal after the cut.  It was close among everyone in the top spots, except for Hermione (80% of you voted for her) and Meg Murray, who both got at least […]

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: Narrowing the Youngs in the Fantasy/SciFi Category

Good evening, ladies.  The time has come to bring our staggering 95+ Badass Literary Heroines down to 64, and today we’re starting with the Youngs in the SciFi/Fantasy category.  We have to bring this list of 37 names down to 16 by the end of the comment thread.  It’s going to require some tough choices, […]

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Style

Harry Potter and the Costume Designer

I’ve been sitting here for an hour trying to figure out how to begin writing about fashion and style in the Harry Potter films.