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Whether or not it's politically correct, do you prefer to read about male or female protagonists in fiction, and why?

Asked by Carly (4545 points ) April 2nd, 2012

I’m asking this question partially for interest, but also because I’m writing a story that needs some help. I started with a female protagonist, then I switched her gender, but know he’s back to a she. The story works with either gender, but the change is significant to the people who have read both versions. Some like the main character as a young woman, some like the mc as a young man.

So now I’m wondering, do other people who like to read prefer male or female protagonists? I have a feeling it might be 50/50, or that the majority of readers don’t mind either way as long as they can connect with the mc—but I could be wrong. Am I wrong?

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