Yesterday, I wrote a post about my favorite male main characters. While I was looking through my “read” shelf on Goodreads, I couldn’t help but notice two things. So I thought that today, I would talk about it with you!
Discovery #1: I haven’t read many books through a male POV
I’m not saying that I haven’t read any -otherwise how would I have made a list yesterday?- but compared to the amount of books from a female point of view, it seems insignificant. I know that I would relate a bit more to a female main character because I am a woman myself, but that doesn’t mean that I am not interested in reading from a guy’s view.
I have been trying to read a bit more diverse in the past few months and have read some great books with diverse characters, like None of the Above which has an intersex main character, or books about an LGBT character, or a character with a different ethnicity. It’s definitely important to not only write more books like this, but it is essential as well for us to read them. Would a male point of view be considered as diverse as well? From what I’ve seen on my read shelf, to me it should… Because apparently, most of the books I read are about white females.
Do you have the same problem on your read shelf? How do you feel about this? And do you have any recommendations of books with male main characters?
Discovery #2: the relationship between fantasy and a male POV
When I do look at all the books I have read with a male main character, almost all of them are fantasy! Now, I am not saying that there aren’t any kick-ass women in fantasy. I mean, look at Throne of Glass, Mistborn and so on. There are definitely some great fantasy books about women. What I am trying to say, is that fantasy is the most prominent genre in which I have found male POVs. So my question is: why have I read barely anything with a male MC that isn’t fantasy? I can think of Winger and I Hunt Killers at the moment, but most of the others are fantasy.
Maybe I just haven’t read those other books in the different genres? I don’t know. Have you noticed this? And/or could you recommend me a book with a male main character that isn’t fantasy?