by First Mate Keira
When it comes to reading book series everybody has an opinion on the different aspects of the story. Some readers prefer third over first person writing and others the exact opposite. Some prefer boy protagonists over girl protagonists. It’s all a question of taste.
A while ago when I was in college a friend of my mine told me he doesn’t like book series with girls as the main character. He would avoid them if he could. This really surprised me because I wasn’t about to say no to Harry Potter just because it featured a boy as the main character. I think his validation in the end was that series with boys as the main protagonist have more action in them. Do you agree?
Another friend only reads stories with girls as the main character, because she feels most stories with boys as the main character are gory. She also doesn’t like crude humor or potty jokes which can often be found in them. When I heard this I thought she was talking about Mulch Diggums from Artemis Fowl as he’s the only one that stands out to me. Honestly? I don’t really notice it. Do you?
As for myself I’m in the middle. I think it depends on the story if the main character should be a boy or a girl. I couldn’t see Harry Potter as Harriet Potter. I couldn’t see Bella Swan (Twilight) as Bernard Swan. It just wouldn’t work. The story would change so dramatically because of a gender switch.
Your Turn: Face off time! Which is better stories where the main character is a boy or a girl?