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If your computer lets you blow it up large enough to actually read, you'll notice a modest increase in female characters competing this year. This was intentional - it bothered me how few female characters came to my mind last time so I made it a point to think about how many women were really amongst my favorites in fiction - and who I wouldn't mind having win.
The preliminaries start in the morning and, again, we'll have two votes each week. Happy voting!