Let’s Talk Bookish: Do you prefer male or female protagonists?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Today’s topic is Do you prefer male or female protagonists?


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

I don’t have a conscious preference with regards to male or female protagonists, but at least in the genres I frequently read, there are significantly more female protagonists and the male characters are often related to the love interest or a secondary role. Of course, there are several amazing books like Six of Crows, Percy Jackson, Shades of Magic etc with male protagonists, but they do seem to be far fewer in number. The only difference for me between the two is that I can relate better to female protagonists.

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?

No, the gender of the protagonist doesn’t decide if I pick up a book or not, just the plot. I do think it’s important for children to read books with protagonists of both genders and it’s essential for them to be exposed to a variety of books and characters.

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

Definitely. As far as YA goes, fantasy and mystery seem to lean largely towards female protagonists, whereas contemporary is generally more well balanced. Historical fiction in my experience also has female protagonists more often.


Do you prefer male or female protagonists? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Do you prefer male or female protagonists?

  1. I'm All Booked Up YA September 3, 2021 / 10:54 am

    We completely agree. While we don’t have a preference, the books we read tend to have female protagonists.

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  2. frayedbooks September 3, 2021 / 1:43 pm

    I find YA has more female protagonists, so same, I feel like I read more female vs. male – and I’m ok with that! I do try and read books with trans or non-binary characters as well and I enjoy seeing those perspectives!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) September 6, 2021 / 12:27 pm

      Agreed, YA definitely leans more towards female protagonists, and since that’s the genre I read the most, I end up reading more female than male too.

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  3. Hasini @ Bibliosini September 3, 2021 / 11:48 pm

    I think romance has an abundance of female protagonists too but I see a lot more male characters joining the genre now! Also, I try and read books with gender identities different from mine but it would never influence my decision so far as to make me not pick up a book!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) September 6, 2021 / 12:32 pm

      It’s interesting to see what the trend of male vs female protagonists is across different genres. Agreed, choosing to read a book should be about the plot rather than the gender of the characters. Thanks for reading!

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