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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 (4550points) 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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