Last week I explained the concept of a fandom March Madness to a friend, whose response was “It’s taking a frat boy idea and making it as geeky as possible!” Well, yeah.
If you’re like me, you’ve been faithfully following the Suvudu fantasy character cage matches, and voting early and often to help Lyra Silvertongue defeat Cthulhu (hey, a girl can dream). Meanwhile, LiveJournal user strangerface (among others) was noticing that of the 32 original characters, only four were women, and two of those teenagers. So she’s put together an all-female fantasy/SF throwdown called Chick Fight: 64 characters from written speculative fiction in brackets Alice (young adult), Ripley (science fiction), Buffy (urban fantasy), and Xena (epic fantasy).
All four of the Suvudu femmes (Hermione Granger, Lyra Silvertongue, Anita Blake, and Polgara the Sorceress) are back, plus sixty others, from classic Mina Harker to modern Katniss Everdeen, from gawky Meg Murry to horsewoman Eowyn, from Lady Jessica on the spice planet to Eddi McCandry in modern-day Minneapolis. Will it be Elizabeth Bennet (the one who fights zombies, natch) or Elphaba? Alice Cullen or Alanna of Trebond? Verity Kindle or Valentine Wiggin? Vote and make your voice heard!
The first round of voting will be up through Wednesday, March 24:
A shout-out, too, to the Characters of Color March Madness, which ended over the weekend in a no doubt epic match in which Mulan triumphed over Zoe Washburne.
Ellen B. Wright lives in New York, where she works in publishing and takes an excessive number of pictures. She could probably take Meg Murry in a fight.