As we well know, fanfiction is dominated by stories about male characters, which can appear a bit paradoxical at first, since it is predominantly written by women.
Several explanations can be advanced on the subject:
- Canon books, movies and TV series are more often centered around male characters than female ones
- Even when there are canon female characters, canon male characters are deemed more interesting than female ones in terms of story development and character arcs
- Or it could be due to internalized misogyny: we would be taught since infancy that men are more of the hero-type than female
The aim of this post is not to solve the question entirely. However, I was thinking that in the case of fandoms based on books, it could be relatively easy to measure how often female characters appear in canon and make a comparison with their presence in fanfiction.
With this question in mind, I naturally turned over to Harry Potter: