This year’s Suvudu Cage Match – Random House’s science fiction/fantasy bracket challenge – pitted characters who had appeared on page and screen in opposing brackets. In the introductory video, Joe Scalora and Emily Hughes explain the Cage Match and make predictions. Admittedly the Cage Match flew under my radar this year, because previously it’s been heavy on characters who don’t interest me and the format is not as user-friendly as StarWars.com’s bracket challenge.
I started to pay attention when Jen Heddle wrote the Page Round 4 challenge between Leia Organa and Arya Stark. One of Leia’s disadvantages: “Arya may remind her of her own daughter, Jaina.” We all know Leia is a badass on screen, but Expanded Universe Leia held her own even while Game of Thrones was premiering its new season on HBO. So now it’s down to Leia Organa of the Expanded Universe against Leia Organa of the movies, with their showdown prediction written by author Lev Grossman.
Older and wiser Leia who knows she has Force powers is the hands-down winner. Currently that’s how the votes are falling. Voting is open until Tuesday, April 22, so there’s still time to voice your opinion on the matter.
Now that Suvudu’s Cage Match has got my attention, props for the representation of female characters and clever writing in match-up rounds. Based on the results, someone needs to make an Eowyn movie. Are you listening, Peter Jackson?
If you’re into Minecraft, there are videos accompanying each match.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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