I can’t believe it.
I seriously cannot believe it.
So, you guys remember how Team Carmen utterly DESTROYED Team Giselle in the first few rounds – Esther was the only good girl left standing on the whole right side of the bracket, and even she couldn’t hold out very long against the machinations of Lady Macbeth. I mean, only four of the sixteen Giselles even made it out of Round One. I’ve been tracking Giselle wins in blue, and Carmen in red, and my bracket was like a SEA of red names, you guys. I was convinced we were going to end up with a straight Carmen sweep, and a thoroughly unexciting Carmen vs. Carmen playoff game.
But NO! Team Giselle rallies to victory and the Final Four are evenly split. UN. BE. LIEVABLE. I couldn’t have picked it better myself – we have two Giselles (left brackets) going up against two Carmens (right brackets), which means our final playoff match is guaranteed to be Team Carmen vs. Team Giselle. You guys. It is ON.
Giselle has led her team to a spectacular comeback at the final hour (thanks largely to the Herculean efforts of Emma Thompson & Audrey Hepburn), so we’ll be giving her a chance on Monday to introduce herself, represented by School of OBT Director Damara Bennett (click here for this Monday’s post where Executive Director Diane Syrcle introduced Carmen). Then on Tuesday the Final 4 will face off, with your votes determining which Team Giselle and Team Carmen heroines will meet in battle to win the crown of Ultimate Tragic Heroine. I strongly encourage you to rally support behind your girl for next Tuesday’s Final 4 contest, and the Playoffs on Thursday. Feel free to use any means to bully, browbeat or coerce your friends and loved ones to vote your way – we encourage changing your Facebook profile picture (you can click on the images below for a bigger version), light blackmail, and heated arguments at the dinner table.
Without further ado, here are the fair maidens who have knocked out twenty-eight other tough competitors to emerge victorious as the undisputed ruler of their brackets. I asked some of the Tragic Heroine Throwdown players who submitted brackets and picked these ladies to win for their thoughts on why their girl deserves the crown. Read on!
“I picked her because she’s everything I strive to be in a woman. She’s smart and graceful and funny. She’s incredibly multifaceted. She’s overwhelmingly and ridiculously charming. She’s friends with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, which means she’s bawdy, funny, and quick-witted. (I said ‘funny’ twice because it’s so often overlooked.)” –Mary Kreta
(Emma Thompson accepts her 1995 screenwriting award for Sense & Sensibility with a hilarious impression of Jane Austen at the Golden Globes)