Date: 2009-02-02 01:01 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean - I tend to be hardest on those characters that are most similar to me, and generally (but not always), that means they are female. And then, when you have to contend with all the baggage that comes with every female character... it's definitely easier to judge them more harshly. It's something I'm trying to be aware of, and at least think 'would this bother me so much if so-and-so was a guy' - and sometimes it would, and sometimes it wouldn't. (Of course, even if it wouldn't it doesn't guarantee I won't still be annoyed - but at least I know where part of my irritation stems from.)

I've heard the 'boys/guys won't read about girl main characters' a number of times, in all sorts of places. It's sad, but perhaps not surprising - as girls, especially if we read/watch genre books/TV, there's a pretty good chance you're going to have to identify with the male characters at some point due to the lack of girls, but since there are almost always significant male characters, guys never have to learn that skill. *sigh*

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