Let’s Talk Bookish: Do you prefer male or female protagonists? // why we need more trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming protagonists

Hello! This LTB post is a couple days late, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it or not. After reading a few other bloggers takes on the topic, I realized I had a lot to say about it though, so here we go!!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is do you prefer male or female protagonists, (suggested by Mahita @ Amateur Teen Writer)

When it comes to books, do you prefer male or female protagonists and why? Do you not have a preference?

I don’t prefer one gender over the other; a lot of the time, female protagonists are more relatable to me, but that doesn’t mean that I can never relate to characters of other genders (looking at you, Enrique Mercado-Lopez, who I relate to a little to much)

So yeah, I really don’t have a preference. I do try to read books with trans, non-binary. and gender non conforming protagonists. This is also something I know I need to do better with, and I have a bunch on my TBR that I’m hoping to read soon! That’s less of a preference though, and more something I’m making an effort to do.

Looking back on it though, a lot of the books I read when I was younger had female protagonists, but it definitely was not all of them. Rainbow Magic, for example follows two girls, but the Boxcar Children is about four siblings, two boys and two girls.

I really consumed a bit of everything, and that’s still true today. I read a lot of books with multiple protagonists, and there’s usually a mixture of genders there.

Have you ever not read a book because the protagonist was male/female? 

No. When choosing a book, the gender of the protagonist isn’t really a reason that I pick it up, unless I’m looking for more diverse books. If I see two books, and one looks good, and the other looks really good and has a trans character, i’m going to get the second one.

Do you think it’s important for children to read protagonists of the opposite gender from them?

Definitely. I think that it’s very important for children to read protagonists of genders other than their own; it can be a great way to foster empathy with them from a young age. Girls should read about boys, and boys should read about girls. All kids should be able to read about trans and nonbinary characters, so that they can better understand things they might be discovering about their own gender, or so that they can support their friends who come out to them.

Do you feel like certain genres have more of a certain gender of protagonist than the other?

There is definitely a lack of trans, non-binary and gender non conforming protanists in all genders. I have noticed that you tend to see more male protagonists in fantasy than in contemporary though. I’m not sure why, but it is something I’ve noticed.

Wrapping this up…

I really loved writing this post, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic, so let me know what you think in the comments below!

Do you prefer reading about male or female protagonists? What books with gender diversity do you recommend? Chat with me in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Do you prefer male or female protagonists? // why we need more trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming protagonists

    1. there definitely should be more of them!! some of my favorites are: the henna wars, the priory of the orange tree, cinderella is dead, and the gilded wolves!! my most recent blog post is actually a list of a bunch of great LGBTQ books, so you can check that one out for a longer list!!


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