This feature is hosted by Melissa over at I Swim for Oceans. It's a weekly meme where we get to discuss literary questions openly and honestly.This week's question is:
Do you prefer reading books with a male MC or a female MC, and why?
In all honesty, I don't know. I think that it really depends on the author. For instance, although I do love the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, I think that Ethan isn't quite as male as he aught to be. I think he seems way more like a 30 year old female at times. And although I do enjoy his character (being that I am female and can appreciate it), I don't know if he could necessarily be categorized in the excellent male MC category.
But then, that brings me to Sam from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. This book, as those who have read it know, that it is told from 2 points of view, one being Sam. His portions of the book were my absolute favorite, even more so than Grace. He isn't the most manly man, but he isn't supposed to be. He is supposed to be sensitive and he is just one of my favorite male MC's in a book.
Also, I loved the male MC from Maze Runner by James Dashner. I think that book would NOT have been as good if it would have been told from a female point of view.
Although, what it really comes down to, it seems as of late, is whether or not I get the lead MC's character or not. I don't have to have any of the same things in common with them, I just have to get them as a character. I have to understand them and feel their development. I like to read male POV's because there aren't that many, it seems, and I enjoy mixing it up. But, I do enjoy experiencing the story through a female POV, because being female, I feel like it could be me (almost). Like I get to relive certain periods of my life and they are WAY more fun and adventurous the second time around than they were the first, LOL!
I don't know how to really answer the question better than that because I don't necessarily prefer one over the other as long as the character is written well and true to their species. AND most of all, I actually understand the character. I may sway a bit towards the female POV because I'm female and it's fun to read. However, I do love to know what the male mind is thinking. I'd like to think that there is good out there in men, so a good male POV is fun for me too.
How about you, what MC do you prefer??