Sunday, October 16, 2011

Second Period Drama Heroine Tournament - Contestant Suggestions

I know a lot of you are looking forward to The Second Heroine Tournament! I currently have ten more spots available for suggestions. Here are the list of contestants that are already in the running. Suggest your suggestions and I'll put up a poll at the side bar for everyone to vote on their favorites. The top 10 in that poll will be entered into the Heroine Tournament. I will be also taking heroines/main characters from historical period dramas (not just fictional period dramas). These contestants aren't listed in any order (these will not be the matches). I will be taking suggestions until October 31st. The poll will run for one week and the top 10 will be entered into the tournament.

There are also contestant profiles! Have a look at them here! I would like to give a big thanks to Melody from Regency Delight ~Jane Austen, etc.~, Miss Laurie from Old-Fashioned Charm , and Charity U from Austenitis for helping me write the profiles!

Note: Since Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) won the last heroine tournament, she will not be eligible for the next three tournaments (including this one).

1.     Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)
2.     Marianne Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)
3.     Fanny Price (Mansfield Park)
4.     Emma Woodhouse (Emma)
5.     Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey)
6.     Anne Elliot (Persuasion)
7.     Amy Dorrit (Little Dorrit)
8.     Lady Mary (Downton Abbey)
9.     Lady Edith (Downton Abbey)
10. Lady Sybil (Downton Abbey)
11. Cora, Countess of Grantham (Downton Abbey)
12. Anna Smith (Downton Abbey)
13. Beatrice "Bea" Eliott (House of Eliott)
14. Evangeline "Evie" Eliott (House of Eliott)
15. Gwendolen Harleth (Daniel Deronda)
16. Harriet Smith (Emma)
17. Jane Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
18. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)
19. Jane Fairfax (Emma)
20. Emily Trevelyan (He Knew He Was Right)
21. Nora Rowley (He Knew He Was Right)
22. Cynthia Kirkpatrick (Wives and Daughters)
23. Molly Gibson (Wives and Daughters)
24. Fancy Day (Under the Greenwood Tree)
25. Laura Timmins (Lark Rise to Candleford)
26. Dorcas Lane (Lark Rise to Candleford)
27. Margaret Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)
28. Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)
29. Barbara Spooner (Amazing Grace)
30. Queen Victoria (The Young Victoria, Victoria and Albert)
31. Margaret Ellison Brown (Lark Rise to Candleford)
32. Miss Matilda "Matty" Jenkyns (Cranford)
33. Jessie Brown (Cranford)
34. Sophy Hutton (Cranford)
35. Mary Smith (Cranford)
36. Margaret Hale (North and South)
37. Hetta Carbury (The Way We Live Now)
38. Eleanor Harding Bold (The Barchester Chronicles)
39. Estella Havisham (Great Expectations)
40. Georgiana Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
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And, since I had Miss Laurie from Old-Fashioned Charm, Melody from Regency Delight ~ Jane Austen, etc. ~, and Charity U from Austenitis helping me with the contestant profiles, they already made a few suggestions!

Suggested by Melody:
Esther Summerson (Bleak House)
Bella Wilfer (Our Mutual Friend)
Lizzie Hexam (Our Mutual Friend)
Madeline Bray (Nicholas Nickleby)
 Kate Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby)

Suggested by Miss Laurie:
Lorna Doone (Lorna Doone)
Mira Lapidoth (Daniel Deronda)
 Gwendolen Fairfax (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Cecily Cardew (The Importance of Being Earnest) 
Dorothea Brooke (Middlemarch)
Eleanor Tilney from Northanger Abbey

Suggested by both Melody and Miss Laurie
Meg March (Little Women)
Jo March (Little Women)
Beth March (Little Women)
Amy March (Little Women)

Suggested by Charity
Marguerite Blakney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)

And I'd like to add some suggestions
Lady Violet (Downton Abbey)
Anne Taylor Weston (Emma)
Deborah Jenkyns (Cranford)

Who would you like to nominate for the 2nd Period Drama Heroine Tournament? The more suggestions, the merrier!

Note: If I don't see a character as a heroine, I may decline to include them in the poll. 


  1. A lot of good suggestions have already been made, but I have a few here, having noticed that no other Bronte heroines had been mentioned other than Jane Eyre...

    Helen Graham - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    Catherine Earnshaw - Wuthering Heights (I'm not certain if everyone would always class her as a heroine, exactly, but she is the main female character if nothing else)

    Other ideas:

    Tess Durbeyfield - Tess of the D'Urbevilles (although I haven't seen the adaptation)

    Beatrice - Much Ado About Nothing

    Portia - The Merchant of Venice

    I'm really looking forward to this tournament! I put one of the buttons on my blog :)


  2. I'd like to suggest:
    -Diana Barry (Anne of Green Gables)
    -Tzeitel (Fiddler on the Roof--yes I know that might not technically be counted a period drama)
    -Miss Browning (Wives and Daughters--because she's a heroine in my book)
    -Sara Stanley (Road to Avonlea)
    -Ada Clare (Bleak House)

    And I totally second ALL the March girls, Esther Summerson, Marguerite Blakeney, Lizzie Hexam, and Miss Deborah.

  3. I think I'd also like to suggest Edith Adelon from The Inheritance.

    I think I thought of someone else but I can't remember right now...

  4. OK here are my favorites in order:

    1.) Amy Dorrit ( Little Dorrit )
    2.) Esther Summerson ( Bleak House )
    3.) Elinor Dashwood ( Sense and Sensibility )
    4.) Jane Bennet( Pride and Prejudice )
    Well, those are my picks! But Amy Dorrit is my #1 :D


  5. You've gotten most of my favorites, but here are two more: Louisa Musgrove (Persuasion) I know some people might not consider her a heroine, but I do, and Lucie Manette from A Tale of Two Cities.

  6. Here are some of my suggestions:

    - Agnes (David Copperfield)
    - Lucie Manette (A Tale of Two Cities)
    - Les Misérables heroines
    - Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)
    - Shakespeare heroines
    - Amelia Sedley (Vanity Fair)

    I'm also hoping to see Little Women heroines in the tournament. And Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, Marguerite Blakeney, Diana Barry, and the other Austen heroines and her "secondary heroines." If Abby suggests Catherine Earnshaw, I suggest Catherine Linton (the daughter of Catherine Earnshaw).

  7. I would love to see these in the tournament
    1.Beatrix Potter(Miss Potter)
    2.Beth March(Little Women)
    3.Jane Bennet(Pride and prejudice)
    4.Margaret Hale(North and South)


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