Here’s an update on how we’re doing on Out of Print’s Book Madness Bracket after two rounds of voting. Who could have predicted that Little Women and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz would be able to beat Wuthering Heights and The Outsiders? Well, apparently some people, but none of us.
Current Standings going into the Sweet Sixteen:
Zelda – 50 pts
Nox – 49 pts
Madeleine – 45 pts
Sonya – 35 pts
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Now, first of all I totally made my picks early yesterday morning before voting began! However, for some reason both Nox and I could not get the PDF version of the bracket to take any text, so alas I had to print it, fill it out, and then scan it. Obviously, this is way too much work in our days of modern technology. Regardless, here is my finished bracket with The Great Gatsby as my winner. There are other books on here I enjoyed more than The Great Gatsby, but I think it’s a masterpiece that deserves to win.
Ok, now I am surprised by my winner…mostly because I haven’t even read it. I want to though, if that counts for anything…no? I didn’t think so. I hadn’t read a pretty high number of these. I was getting pretty frustrated at some of these pairs though.
I mean, who compares Madeline and The Bell Jar? In what world do those belong together? Why is Goodnight Moon even on the list? Ick. Corduroy vs Animal Farm? Is it because they are both animals? Watership down is about rabbits, at least those two together would make sense. Lolita vs Charlotte’s Web made me laugh out loud, then shudder a little. No. My final four was super interesting though.
The Bell Jar vs Jane Eyre: Two books I haven’t read, but still. Wuthering Heights vs American Gods. Final two: The Bell Jar vs American Gods. AND THE WINNER!!?!?! The Bell Jar.
I’m not sure how I voted out The Outsiders so quickly, upon rebooking at my bracket I regretted that choice, but once it’s down there is no changing it and I think that’s a good thing. Apparently, subconsciously I don’t think it should win, so who can argue with that? It was really difficult to choose between American Gods and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but c’mon, it’s Neil Gaiman.
My bracket was pretty different from Nox’s and Madeline’s, but surprisingly Nox and I picked the same winner! That must mean something, right?
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens once the voting starts, but I imagine it will go the way of my other brackets and I will disagree with most of the choices.
Villanova completely screwed up my chances at winning my NCAA office pool this year, so books! I took part in Out of Print Clothing’s bracket last year, which was definitely more fun because you got to pit literary characters against each other! Having this year’s theme of classics was made extra difficult by matching children’s books with great literary works. I wish they would have done the seeding a little differently, especially since there were some regions that were hella-strong and other instances where both contenders would be easily knocked-out by someone who only made it to round one in their match up. For example, Harold and the Purple Crayon only made it to round three because of my utter hatred of all things Vonnegut where as The Great Gatsby and Huck Finn could both have beaten a ton of others if they hadn’t been up against each other so early. Such is life, I suppose. By the by, I own two book cover t-shirts from Out of Print and guess who was paired up?
The favorite of my potential match-ups are:
- Where the Wild Things Are vs. Lord of the Flies aka “The Isle of Craziness”
- The Catcher in the Rye vs. Hamlet – the battle of the mopey teens
In the final four I have Jane Eyre vs. The Bell Jar and The Outsiders vs. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with The Bell Jar and The Outsiders advancing to the finals. The Outsiders is great (Stay gold, Ponyboy!), but The Bell Jar is one of my favorite books of all time, so I had to choose it as the winner.
Madeleine’s bracket is way different than mine (her champion was knocked out in my first round) so it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the voting goes. May the madness begin!
*Let it be known that I have not read a surprising number of these books. Maybe next year’s reading challenge?
I participated in Out of Print’s Book Madness last year, and it was a lot of fun. I actually got the final two and champion right. Last year, the theme was heroes vs. villains, which was a bit more fun to imagine than this year’s theme of classics (Atticus vs. Voldemort, anyone?). But, here are my predictions for this year.
In the final four I have Jane Eyre vs. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and To Kill a Mockingbird vs. 1984, with Jane Eyre and 1984 advancing to the finals. It was a hard choice, but in the end I chose 1984 as the winner.