By Laura Sook Duncombe

Laura Sook Duncombe lives in Alexandria, Virgina with her husband and a mutt named Indiana Bones, Jr. Musical theater, pirates, and Sherlock Holmes are a few of her favorite things. Her work can be found on the Toast, the Hairpin, Jezebel, and at her blog.

  1. 201 hours. Just over eight days. Working 9:00 to 5:00, it would take you five straight weeks to get to 201 hours. It's a lot of time -- the most precious commodity in this world, the one thing that can't be bought or sold or regained once lost. I am about to spend 201 hours watching a television show, one that I have already seen. Why? The X-Files, an iconic pop-culture phenomenon in the '90s, is returning…

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  2. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here. Hey, gal-pals! Welcome to Literary Ladies Cage Fight: where women always win! I am Aphrodite, goddess of love, and my sister Artemis and I read tons of books (for YOUR pleasure, dear readers) and celebrate the awesome female protagonists…by pitting them against each other in head-to-head combat. We’re so glad you’re here! It is true. I am Artemis,…

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  3. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here. Hey gal-pals! Welcome to Literary Ladies Cage Fight—where we celebrate women of novels and plays by making them fight. When women are celebrated, everyone’s a winner! Each week, the ladies go five rounds in pre-selected categories, winning one point for each round. At the end of five rounds, the lady with the most points wins! I’m Aphrodite, goddess…

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  4. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here. Welcome back, mortals. It is I, Artemis, goddess of the hunt and co-host of the LLCF. Each time we meet, we take two heroines of literature and celebrate their unique attributes…by making them fight! When women are celebrated, everyone’s a winner. Hey gal-pals! Aphrodite here, goddess of love and beauty and co-host with my fabulous sister Artemis!! Rules…

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  5. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here. Greetings, mortals. I am Artemis, goddess of the hunt and hostess of the LLCF, along with my sister, Aphrodite. Each match, we bring you two women of literature and make them compete in five categories. The woman with the most points at the end of five rounds wins. When we celebrate women, everyone’s a winner! Hey gal-pals, it’s…

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  6. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here. Hey there gal-pals! We’ve missed you! Hope all who celebrated had a safe and happy Fourth of July. We’re so excited to be back here with you for LLCF!  Greetings. I am Artemis, goddess of the hunt and chastity. Along with my sister, Aphrodite, we are your hosts for the cage fight. Rules are simple: 5 rounds, one point each…

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  7. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here. Greetings, mortals! Welcome to LLCF, where we celebrate heroines of classic and modern literature by making them engage in combat. I am your host, Artemis, goddess of the hunt and chastity and protector of women. And I’m the co-host, her sister and goddess of love, Aphrodite! We are soooo glad you are here! It has been our honor…

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  8. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here.   Hello, gal-pals! Artie and I have missed you sooooo much! Welcome back (or welcome for the very first time) to LLCF—where we take two heroines of literature and set them up in five rounds of combat. The lady with the most points wins! I am your co-host, Aphrodite (Goddess of Love and Beauty), along with my sister,…

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  9. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here.   Hey gal-pals! Welcome back to Literary Ladies Cage Fight, where we celebrate the heroines of our fave novels by pitting them against each other in head to head combat! I am Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, and my sister Artemis and I co-write this column.  You mean I write this column and I allow you to help…

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  10. Previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns can be found here. Welcome to Literary Ladies Cage Fight. I—Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt and Chastity—am your hostess, along with my dim-witted sister, Aphrodite. We gather here to celebrate amazing heroines in fiction…and make them fight. Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which I do not get to celebrate since I don’t really have a mother (and it’s hard to send sea foam a Mother’s Day…

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  11. Previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns can be found here. Hey, gal-pals! We have a super-duper amazing column for you this week…I literally cannot even. Well, I "can even," so it is with great pleasure that I announce to you a highly requested matchup: Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger versus The Hunger Games’s Katniss Everdeen! I hardly need to introduce these two women, lionesses of the YA genre that they are. Young women all over the world…

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  12. Previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns can be found here. Hey, gal-pals! Hope it is warming up nicely where you live! Our last column must have pleased Queen Elsa, because most of the snow is gone around here. Yay! Welcome back. This week, we are going to cover two new books with unforgettable protagonists. In dis-honor of Sen. Ted Cruz, who is an immigrant to America yet hates immigrants (unless they are wealthy and…

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  13. Previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns can be found here. Hey there, gal-pals! Hope you’ve been absolutely fabulous since we last hung out. Also hope you are ready for another wonderful cage match! Greetings. Since the world is paying penance for its obsession with the Disney film Frozen and we seemed to be locked in an eternal winter until very recently, I have decided to present two characters from childhood favorites. It seemed appropriate because…

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  14. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns for The Butter can be found here. Welcome back, mortals. I can neither confirm nor deny what my sister says I was doing last week, but I can say that I missed you and I am glad to be back. I must also grudgingly admit that Aphrodite did a decent job with the column, and I am allowing her to co-write with me ON A…

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  15. Laura Sook Duncombe's previous Literary Ladies Cage Fight columns can be found here. Hey, ladies! It’s me, Aphrodite (but you can call me Dita since we’re gal-pals now). Artie is off trying to convince Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016, so she left me to do the column this time! I am so super jazzed about it, both because I get to write about awesome literary ladies but also because my sister is finally…

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