Or more specifically, the gender of protags. Because we might all be human, and maybe males and females aren't all that different, and therefore authors are just supposed to focus on writing a character, not a man or a woman... but there are still certain ways of thinking and behaviors that are more common in males and others that are more common in females. And there are certain ways that different genders are portrayed in books most often, whether they're realistic or not.
So even though there are characters I love in both genders, I do still have a preference and am curious to know whether anyone else does too!
*I know that not everyone identifies as strictly male or female, but I've never read about any transgender or other types of characters. Let me know if you have recommendations!*
So what’s my preference? Male protagonists.
I know, I know, I’m a female, but, whether it’s first or third person, I seem to like the guys more for a few reasons I’ve identified.
I find them easier to relate to.
Well, this doesn’t always apply to YA since I sometimes have a hard time relating to teenage boy characters, but it applies to NA and adult aged characters. See—this is turning out to be an oddly personal discussion since now I have to try and figure out how to explain this—I’ve never been a tomboy, but I guess I’ve never quite fit the societal expectation of girls either. And I’ve just never understood a lot of the ways some girls think, especially when it comes to things like dating. That’s why I love finding female characters who, for example, aren’t afraid to speak their mind, to admit their feelings, to make the first move, etc., but those are hard to find. It’s not that all women are the same or that there’s anything wrong with being girly or shy or anything like that, it just isn’t me, so it’s harder for me to connect with.
It’s a different experience.
This seems opposite to what I just said, but it’s really not. Even though I’ve had plenty of male friends and often relate to them easier, I’ve still never been one. So it’s still fun and interesting to experience life from their POV.
They often have more emotion.
I actually have a whole post planned about this (Update: Here it is!), so I won’t go into too much detail. I just love emotion in my books, and I love emotional characters—not dramatic characters who get upset over everything, just ones who get emotional for legitimate reasons. And female characters are often portrayed more stoic-ly, at least in fantasy and sci-fi.
I just like dudes.
I’m being honest here, don’t judge me! Since the guys are the ones I’m swooning over, I like getting to see all their inner depth and what’s going on in their heads… and their hearts *sighs dreamily* ;-)