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Female Protagonists In Genre Fiction
10th May 2013
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Emily Asher-Perrin recently bemoaned YA fiction's monopoly of great female protagonists on Tor.com. In particular, she pointed out the lack of female heroines in adult genre fiction, in which the woman is definitely the main character.
Fortunately this is something I've been tracking in my own reading for some time, so some quick code-fu was all I needed to come up with this list of adult books with a female protagonist from my review list. It's still somewhat fewer than the number of books I've read which feature a male protagonist. These are just the ones I rated at 3 stars and over.
There's a 67:93 female to male protagonist ratio for books I like, and 71:102 for adult genre fiction at any rating. I haven't read as much YA, but the ratio is 17:20 female to male protagonists for the YA genre fiction I've read. These figures are for individual books, not separate characters or series.
I don't think we can draw conclusions from one person's reading habits about the state of genre publishing, however. But I thought it might be useful to publish this list for anyone who is looking for something to read featuring a female main character. There are 67 books on there at the date of publication, but I'm going to leave the list to update itself so that more recommendations will appear as I add new reviews.
Books for adults with female protagonists
Books I haven't reviewed