At least one of my female friends have commented that they prefer reading about male protagonists, who in their opinion, are more interesting than female ones. This is a great mystery to me. What makes female protagonists, and female characters in general, any less flexible or varied? I believe this to be somewhat true, but I wonder why. People frequently ask about how to write characters of the other gender. A good piece of advice, and the one I go by, is to treat the character as a well-rounded person. What, then, leads to this gap between genders? Is it just me, or are female protagonists more confined in general? One more question: what makes characters overly masculine or feminine? I'd love some perspective on this. Thanks!