Male or Female protagonists?

I just finished reading the last book in the Maze Runner series, The Death Cure. Compared to the other two books, this one didn’t hold my attention the way the first two did but it was enjoyable none the less.

In the Maze Runner series, this third book was the culmination of everything Thomas had been through with his friends, The Gladers, and the people he has met along the way. I’ve seen Thomas grow through the books, develop into a character who fights for what he believes in and will not back down to anybody. He has a lot of courage and a lot of stamina and at the end, when it looks like they might finally get a shot at real life, he’s still concerned about the others in the facility.

The Death Cure brings together all of the trials and tribulations Thomas has been through in a final gut wrenching read.

I have to say I admire Thomas as a character. He’s tough, courageous and loyal. He has to face a lot of things in his lifetime, all the while struggling with his memory loss, not really knowing what he’s doing or why he’s been put to the trials.

What it did make me realise is that I much prefer reading books with strong, female protagonists. Perhaps it’s the feminist in me but I love reading a plot and seeing a young woman develop into someone strong and unafraid. The likes of the Hunger Games for example, with Katniss as she leads the rebellion. In Harry Potter I always felt drawn to Hermoine Grainger who, lets face it, was both the brains and the courage of the operation. If it wasn’t for her Harry wouldn’t have gotten as far as he did.

Women are often portrayed as counterparts, companions for the male, a love interest, but I think that women do and should represent much more than that.

What do you think? Do you prefer to read a male or female protagonist?

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