Thoughtful Thursday – Does Protagonist’s Gender Matter – May 15, 2014


Reading Is Fun Again created Thoughtful Thursday. Each week, she posts a new bookish thought that she discusses.

Everyone is welcome to join. 


May 15: Do you prefer to read books with a male or female protagonist? Does the author’s gender matter?


Ohhh, this is an easy one!  I don’t care, and no, it doesn’t.

I’m mildly annoyed by authors who write the opposite sex badly (…who isn’t annoyed by bad writing?), but I channel my inner As Good As It Gets and remember to find my sense of humor about the whole thing:



Be sure to check out the other posts on this topic at Reading Is Fun Again.




  1. I don’t have a preference for the protagonist. However, I have noticed that iin the last year and a half since I started book blogging, I’ve had very, very few books I reviewed that had a male protagonist, so I’m trying to even out the odds.

  2. Neither matters to me. All that matters is that I can connect with the protagonist on some level, or at least be entertained by their circumstances.

  3. For some reason I read very few books with a male protagonist.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

    • Me, too. I think it’s the genres I pick. There aren’t a lot of male protagonists in most of the YA books I read. Almost none in chick lit. I have read some books with male protagonists and I have loved them. So, I guess it doesn’t really matter to me. I don’t think I ever really thought about it before now.