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The Pilgrim Glass is my first published novel, though I've got three more completed (which you'll see over the course of the next few years ☺) and I have two more in draft. Of the six novels, four have male protagonists (including Jonas in The Pilgrim Glass). I can't really say that I have a preference one way or the other, or set out to write one or another; it's just how the stories have shaken out. I feel the same about reading – I don't really have a preference, I'm more interested in the story.
I hesitate to talk about this, because I'll just end up jinxing myself, but on the whole, writing male protagonists feels very natural for me. When I write female protagonists, I put extra pressure on myself: am I being true to the character, or do I have an agenda? Am I speaking through them, or letting them speak for themselves? I feel like I have to watch myself, to make sure I'm letting them be who they are, rather than some kind of avatar of Strong Feminist Woman.
When I write guys, I just let them be who they are. Isn't that a sad commentary?
Now, when you take the protagonist label out of the picture, writing male and female characters is pretty straightforward – they're just individuals with their own unique goals and quirks.
What weird pressure I put on myself.
So, when you write or read, do you have a natural preference for writing/reading male or female protagonists? I'd love to get your thoughts.
Check out what Heather Domin and Rima Jean have to say on this topic!
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