Talk to Me Tuesday is a great new weekly meme for bookish discussion, hosted by Melissa of I Swim For Oceans.
I have always preferred female protagonists, simply because I find I can relate to them better. Also, Melissa brings up a good point in her answer — it may depend on what perspective the book is written in. I find it easier to read a novel featuring a central male character written in third-person than one in first-person.
This week's question: Do you have a preference between male and female MCs, and why?
Just scanning my shelves right now, I do see a few books with guys as main characters — for instance, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander, and of course, Harry Potter. It seems like of the books with male protagonists I do read, they mostly seem to fall under fantasy!
Still, I think I should challenge myself to read a few more (and get outside my comfort zone for the challenge I'm holding!) I've been considering books like The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, The Limit by Kristen Landon, Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick, and Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher...trying to mix it up with a variety of YA & MG reads in various genres.
What about the rest of you — do you find it equally easy to relate to male and female protagonists? Does it matter if it's in first or third person, or which genre it is? And any male protag books you absolutely love?