Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tournament of Heroines: Team Mara Dyer

You've probably heard the buzz about the YA Sisterhood's Tournament of Heroines -- a month-long competition starting December 1st in which all of our favorite, fiercest heroines will be battling it out for the crown. Here's how the YA Sisterhood defines a heroine:

A heroine is a female character who is admired for her noble qualities. We think it's someone who meets the world head on. This doesn't mean she has to be a hardcore girl who can beat up anyone who crosses her path (though those girls certainly qualify). Your favorite can be anyone you admire, for any reason. The important thing is that she is extraordinary in some way or another-- be that the way she handles other people, her inexhaustible humor, or her skill with a crossbow. We encourage you to think outside the box! Search your bookshelves for the female characters who inspire you, who make you want to be better, who prove that our world doesn't have to be a man's world.

I don't know about you, but when I hear "extraordinary" and "outside the box," I think of Mara Dyer. She's fiercely loyal and always willing to take a stand. She has a strong sense of justice and more than a few vigilante tendencies. She's a survivor, not to mention smart, sassy and a little bit scary. So that's why I've taken on the role of being Mara's advocate in the tournament!

Our first challenger is Karou from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, advocated by Enna of SqueakyBooks. Karou is great and all, but she's got nothing on our girl Mara! So be sure to come out and support Team Mara on December 16th! Word on the street (AKA on Michelle Hodkin's twitter feed) is that if Mara makes it into round 2, there will be more of THIS Noah-licious outtake PLUS an extra treat (an extra scene? the uncut too-hot-to-handle trailer? Bradley the trailer actor reading Noah passages from the book?)

Here are the tournament brackets:

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You can follow all the action on Twitter:

Want to show your support for Team Mara? Grab a button and spread the love!

Twitter Background (check out my Twitter profile to see how it looks):

Blog Background:

Twitter avi/Facebook picture:

Buttons and Banners:

Because making these is so much fun, Michelle's graphic designer friend got in on the action and made these hilarious, fabulous buttons:

(Yep, that just happened.)

Help spread the word and votevotevote to make sure our girl takes the crown! Noah will owe you one ;)

Why do YOU think Mara Dyer is the best heroine of them all? Let me know in the comments! (No bashing, please.)

ETA: Mara's first match is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16! Not Thursday! Sorry for the confusion! Please alert people to the correct voting day -- thank you!


Lori said...

I got your email and clicked to check out the buttons then I had to run directly to the computer because OMG I LOVE ALL OF THEM! The Obama one!!! Love. Can I add them all to my sidebar??! I'll just take everything else off and just have Team Mara buttons everywhere....(this actually sounds like a good tactic...Hmmm I could totally make a Mara header and background...)

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Bahaha! That would be AWESOME! I was actually thinking about making my header Mara-themed too!

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

I added a blog background =)

Penelope Lolohea said...

Awesome buttons and backgrounds! Good luck in the tournament. :)

Kiwi Ivashkov said...

*waves flag* *scream YEAAAAAAAAH!!!*
See you there.. XD

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