Date: 2009-02-02 06:38 am (UTC)
You're right - a lot of main characters can be rather similar, especially for series with strong genre conventions. Characters I think of as 'my' main characters are generally pretty diverse, although I can certainly identify general character archetypes. But then, if I found the main character boring, I probably wouldn't be watching the show!

I think one of the benefits of liking main characters is the amount of fic etc, but it definitely makes the signal to noise ratio of good fic to bad fic must higher.

I will refer to my favorite male character and my favorite female character because I am appreciating them on entirely different wavelengths.

That's interesting. I sort of do this, I guess? (For secondary characters, anyway.) I'm pretty sure my appreciation of female characters is affected by how much I like seeing confident, competent females on TV, since those are really the only common characteristics of the girls that I love.
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