Tuesday, March 01, 2011


Words and I are excited to present a new feature for this month: March Madness! We'll be pitting sixteen characters from our favorite books, movies, and TV shows against each other all this month, discussing the various characters, and after four rounds, picking a winner. The characters are from just about every 'verse imaginable, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a familiar face. If you're a little fuzzy on how this is going to work, so are we, but stick with us.

On the left side of our bracket, we have the magical characters, the alchemists, the benders, the geniuses, and anybody who's flat-out superhuman:
Bartimaeus from the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Dobby from Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Nick Ryves from the Demon's Lexicon and sequels by Sarah Rees Brennan
V from V for Vendetta
Octavian Nothing from the Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by MT Anderson
River Tam from Firefly
Azula of the Fire Nation from Avatar: the Last Airbender
Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist

On the right side of bracket, we have:
Eugenides from the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
Wesley from the Princess Bride
Domnovoi Butler from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Zoe Alleyene from Firefly (I didn't know that Zoe had a last name either.)
Ursa of the Fire Nation from Avatar: the Last Airbender
Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (I know she's a witch, but she snuck into this bracket, or, more likely, cursed some poor Muggle off of it)
Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory

The first round will be determined on who we think would win in a fight--brute strength. The second round will be determined by the contestants' finesse, trickery, or sneakiness. The third is a battle of wit, and the final round will be based entirely on style points.

Let's be clear, though--we're not advising that you bet money on any of this (and we have no idea how you'd collect bets if you did), but feel free to collect bragging rights when your pick advances to the next round. Sit back, check out the bracket, pick a favorite, and enjoy the game!

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