Monday, March 21, 2016

Discussion Challenge 2016 #1 - Female/Male POV



In case you don't know what this is all about. It's a way to get bloggers talking more, to discuss books or blogging. It's actually really a cool idea. I don't do enough discuss posts, so this is an awesome way to start into that. This is my first post and it's also serving as my post to let everyone know I'm joining this as per the rules found here.

My goal is: 13-24 – Creative Conversationalist

So what I wanted to discuss is something that my partner, little sister, and I have talked about countless times. Well, it's actually them ganging up on me and saying I'm narrowed minded and should branch out more.



I've found that for me, it's harder to read from the view point of a male. Any male, no matter the age. Don't get me wrong I've read and enjoyed a few books that are lead by a male character, like Harry Potter, Oblivion, & Intertwined. So I don't hate them, I just have a hard time connecting to the character that way. I mean, there's a saying about how women will never understand men and vice versa. I can write men, easily.

My little sister can read from any point of view and enjoy the story, though she prefers a male POV, like Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Maze Runner and more I don't know about I'm sure haha.

My partner can read from any but mostly goes for male POV as he is a male so yeah... but he's read things that are led by females and enjoyed it all the same.

So my question to all of you lovely people is this, can you read a book no matter who the main character is or do you have a preference? 

21 comments:

  1. I don't mind reading from male POVs, but I can relate more when it's from a female POV. I can still enjoy from a male POV, but I have harder time relating.

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    1. Yes exactly! I can't relate to a male and if I can't connect to the character then it kind of takes me out of it... Idk

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  2. I actually don't mind reading from a male or female p.o.v. Though honestly I guess I do like a male p.o.v over a female. It always gives me a good laugh at the stupid yet endaring things they do xD The only thing I kinda dislike is readimg from multiple p.o.v's in a book.

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    1. Lol yes, males can do pretty stupid yet endearing things lol
      I can't deal with two POVs in a book but more than that and it gets overloaded the only series I like with a lot of POVs is Blue Bloods.

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  3. Personally I don't really see much difference between male, female, etc POV, so I don't have a preference. But I do have to say, I feel like there aren't really many books from a male POV, at least in YA fiction, in my experience.

    http://fortheloveofbooksreviews.blogspot.ca/

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    1. That's very true! Not many from a male POV in YA at all!

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  4. I don't have a preference, as long as the POV does not change in the book. I cannot seem to handle the shifting POV. That seems to drive me absolutely batty for some reason. Also, thanks for posting because I absolutely love the idea of this challenge, and I never would have known about it otherwise, and now I am going to join in!

    Lisa @ Just Another Rabid Reader

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    1. Well, I'm glad you know now! Yeah I think it's a great idea. I'm glad I finally joined lol. I don't mind shifting POVs as long as it stays on the same characters and doesn't change.

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  5. I can read from either. When I read YA it seems like it's mostly from a female POV (not always) and that's fine, I don't mind. I do like books with multiple POV's as long as they don't all feel the same- I mean, if they're going to different perspectives they should at least read a LITTLE different. :)

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    1. That's actually a really good point I forgot to bring up! You're right, if the characters are the same there is no point at all in making different POVs. I can't wait to see your other opinions on this topic!

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  6. Funny, my discussion post scheduled for next week is also about male vs female POV lol. I actually prefer male and usually find it easier to relate, even though I'm female, but usually only if it's an adult. Teenage boys I find it hardest to relate to. But I've never actually based a book decision on the gender of the narrator, and most of the books I read end up being female anyway!

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    1. Teenage boys are hard to relate too! Like a whole other kind of human lol. I don't base my choices on if the main character is male or female but I usually just find myself pulled to female ones.

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  7. I can read from either but I've honestly found that I enjoy books in male POV/or with a male POV more (like Percy Jackson, Maybe Someday, Sublime, and The Lost Prince) for some reason. I also just realized that all the stories I'm writing are also in male POV hahaha.

    -Cari @ My Addiction: Books

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    1. My sister is that way. She just finds it easier to read from a male perspective but she does enjoy books from a female POV too. Is it easy to write males? I've found it's pretty easy for me but idk if they seem like real males lol

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    2. Actually, I just remembered that the first two legitimate stories I wrote were in female POV. When I used to write females, it would take me forever to write and it would just seem forced and awkward. I have no clue why. I mean, I'm a girl so it should be easier, right? Haha. So then I started writing males and everything came easier. Idk I really like what I've written in male POVs so I'm pretty sure it's an accurate representation? Or I hope so lol

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  8. I couldn't care less. As long as they are good, well rounded and relatable characters.

    I've tried writing many stories, most are in female POV, only because I feel as though I can do the novel more justice this way.
    I did one in male POV and the character was flat, only because I wasn't comfortable writing like that.

    But reading, I have no problem.


    A.S. Damea @ Reviewing Dreamer

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    1. Sometimes it's hard for me to write a guy other times it's fine and even pretty easy lol

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  9. For the most part, I can read either POV and relate to it, but I think there have been instances where the male POV just didn't resonate with me as well. We all have our preferences, right? I stick to certain genres, you prefer female POVs - we like what we like!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. That's so very true! As long as we are reading what makes us happy it really doesn't matter.

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