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Let’s Talk Bookish ~~ Bookish Gender Choices

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DO YOU PREFER MALE OR FEMALE PROTAGONISTS? 

by MAHI

Prompts: When it comes to books, do you prefer male or female protagonists and why? Do you not have a preference? Have you ever not read a book because the protagonist was male/female? Do you think it’s important for children to read protagonists of the opposite gender from them? Do you feel like certain genres have more of a certain gender of protagonist than the other? 

When it comes to books, do you prefer male or female protagonists and why? Do you not have a preference?

I prefer dual or multiple points of view, depending on the genre. I mainly read books that involve romance, so the dual POV allows me to understand both the thoughts and feelings of both protagonists. With only a single perspective it can be difficult to connect to both characters, become invested in their relationship or to believe in their love. If I had to choose only one then I would say female because, for me, it’s a viewpoint that is akin to my own and therefore feels more natural to me.

Have you ever not read a book because the protagonist was male/female?

Sometimes, though not actually for romance where I’ve read a few books written entirely from the male’s view, as well as a fair amount of M/M too. If I’m choosing a fantasy or science fiction story I will generally look for the inclusion of a female POV, though I’ve read plenty over the years that were written by men and featured men as the protagonists. However if I’m perusing Netgalley, and deciding which books I have time to fit into my schedule, I have chosen based on gender of the main character. However I have never started a book and DNF’d it because of the gender of the protagonist.

Do you think it’s important for children to read protagonists of the opposite gender from them?

No actually I don’t. I think it’s important children read, and that those books are both diverse and inclusive, but a work of fiction isn’t really going to teach them, or help them relate to, the opposite gender. However it is important that stories include protagonists the reader can identify with, in terms of race, colour, gender, sexuality etc.

Do you feel like certain genres have more of a certain gender of protagonist than the other? 

I can only speak from experience but in romance if the book is from only one perspective then there are far more female than male books, though dual POV is equally prevalent. In fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction I can’t say I’ve noticed a significant difference.

2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish ~~ Bookish Gender Choices

  1. It seems like a lot of the books I read have a female protagonist but I don’t actually care whether the main character is male or female. I guess females are more relatable since I’m one but the male perspective is always interesting.

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