Not always -- but a lot of authors do at times make their characters far too similar to themselves and focus more on good characteristics OR end up making them too angsty or negative. Good female leads DO exist though - you just gotta find them >.>
Totally true. I can barely find any books that AREN'T female-lead. It gets a bit frustrating. I adore the male hero and think that there's less fluff between the hero and the story when a male is in the lead. Not to sound sexist, but to me, female protagonists are annoying, whiny, and an insult to the female gender. Sometimes I wonder if writers know how to write female characters or if they're just slapping together some angst to pad the page-count a bit more. I do love when a female-character is written correctly or at least a tiny bit relateable as a person though. I'm male, so I guess it may just me preferring to read about my own gender in the end. XD
I hope I'm making sense, it's quite early in the morning and I've not had my tea yet.
I totally understand where you are coming from (: Girls are a lot of the time written poorly-- not always-- but the ones who are make such a big impact, it's hard to find the ones written well. There are some decent, strong female leads though. Girls do tend to be more emotional than male leads which other girls can relate to, but as a guy it would be sort of hard. SO being a guy might be the biggest reason you prefer male protagonists! (Though I am a girl and prefer guy protagonists over girls BUT I do have some favorite female heroines) I've read a lot though and have also seen my share of badly written male leads too. SO it all depends on the writer and how well they can put together a realistic man or woman to lead a story.
I also apologize if I'm not making sense. XD I just got home from work and am drinking some caffeine to feel a little more awake. Haha.
Thanks so much for the comment! Have a wonderful day 8D
There are some good female leads out there, but you are right. Not everyone knows how to write a good girl lead. BUT same can go for guys. SO who knows? Haha. There's good and bad on both, just sometimes you tend to go more one way than the other.
I find this utterly mind boggling, because I couldn't give a damn less about gender in and of itself. It 100% depends on how a gender is used, per my view. You guys are coming up with some compelling arguments, though! Keep up the good thought.
I've had my fair share of favorite protagonists both guys and girls. It really depends on several different factors. Especially when some girls or guys step out of what is the "norm". Thank you for your comment!
It depends on the genre. I enjoy romances more when they're from a girl's perspective but most other genres (thrillers, action, fantasy, etc) are just more enjoyable when a strong male is the protagonist. But if the guy as a dimwit and a total coward, I can't enjoy that book either.
I prefer male protagonists myself, and I'm going to blame the fact that I've seen far too many writers fail at writing a female character effectively. Of course, I'd probably get called sexist if I said this anywhere else, but you know what, I just hate bad characters, and female characters happen to be protrayed as useless or annoying 8D. Besides, I think instinct has something to do with it. Female dogs get fussy when there's a cute alpha boy around, you know ;D. -SHOT-
I've seen some good female leads, though, but they seem so few and far between. I do write about female protagonists very often, though. Don't know why: guys always made more sense to me than girls EVER did xD. Maybe it's because I have a secret desire to prove to everyone who hates all female fictional characters because of a few bad apples that they can be good? I'unno, I actually have no idea if I portray female characters effectively. I-I hope I do, but I'm still just a child, after all x//D. O-oh, and I'm not saying you, or anyone here, hates female characters. I'm not saying that at all ;n;. It's just, some people do. Th-that's all x///D;;;.
Anyways, no more ranting! Very nice stamp, it's cute. I'll favorite, in case I one day decide subs are pretty coolio. Because right now, I'm not convinced I need anything they offer. But even I can't deny that stamps and polls are cool beans. Not worth my money, though - I got my eye on a car in a few years ;D xD.
OMG! Thank you for such a long, detailed comment <33
I agree with A LOT of what you said. It makes me mad because a lot of writers DO screw up with female leads and make them weak or irritating or complete whores! I have read some books with some AMAZING female leads but males seem much easier to appeal to at times since good girl protagonists are few and far between.
I think another part of the fascination though is the human beings curiosity in the opposite sex. A lot of girls like to read through a boys perspective while a lot of guys like to read through a girls. This of course isn't always true BUT for most it is!
No problem x//D! I like to leave long comments, because when I DO comment, I have a lot to say 8D xD. I actually wanted to add somewhere that I hate female leads in action stories who where high-heels. Yes, let's break our ankles while fleeing from the zombie apocalypse or fending off the savage robot deathdoom thingy-ma-bobber! BRILLIANT ! /siiigh
Aah, there's a good point! That actually does make a lot of sense, I never thought of that x//D.
I actually prefer male protagonists, because I am a guy and can relate better. When it comes to writing storylines, however, I actually have both male and female protagonists. In two of my stories, there's two male protagonists and one female protagonist.
I agree... in a lot of anime/manga or even American movies and books, the female protagonists are annoying LOL! They may look cool, but their characters leave a lot to be desired in some books/movies/TV shows. I think it should be an artist's goal to create characters with heart and passion.
It's pretty sad that so many writer's mess up with girls... >: I like when they are realistic BUT know how to get past a problem with out becoming all depressed and giving up. Also a lot of girls tend to go after a lot of guys which REALLY irritates me... I mean- if they are attracted to one guy.. why are they going after every other guy in the story??? I can't read books where that happens >.<
I completely agree, I can't stand that stuff. If the situation must call for the girl to get depressed, there should be a situation in which a character or something else motivates her again that comes soon after. I also don't get that concept. If an author really wants a girl to love a certain guy, then the author should have a responsibility to keep her faithful to him.