I myself have always preferred male characters, because for me they seem more interesting, not to say "cool" and I prefer their way of thinking. Sometimes I'm wondering if I prefer male characters, because I mainly read shonen series or whether it's that I like to read shonen series because I prefer male characters. I suppose it's a mix of both~
In any case this didn't bother me at all for a very long time. What finally made me think was Cosplay. Even though I like cute things and fancy dresses, I hardly ever cosplay as any female characters. (I do have some female cosplays, but it's not much) It's very exciting to cosplay as your favourite male characters, since it's something completely new compared to what you're used to in real life. But when I sometimes get the urge to sew/wear a dress or something a male character just wouldn't wear, I notice that I can't really think of any female characters I'd like to cosplay as. There are many beautiful character designs out there, but it's the character's personality that makes me really want to spend time and money on a cosplay.
It's not that I passionately hate every female character from the start, nor do I think that they're badly written. I do see their good points and I do understand why other people like them a lot. But at the same time they never get me really interested.
I wonder if the reason might be that every fictional character does represent some kind of stereotype and that most female stereotypes simply do not appeal to me. I mean, we're all different after all. Not everyone likes the same qualities of one character.
I noticed that I tend to like less girly female characters. I prefer those who are rather quiet and intelligent and don't wear their hearts on their sleeves. Those that make you wonder about their motives, those who can offer you a surprise and those who are strong or powerful, without really showing it. (If you know any nice series that feature such characters I'd be grateful if you recommended them to me :3)
Since cosplay is just a hobby, one should simply do what one likes best. So of course I'll keep cosplaying as all those male characters that I love so much! But at the same time I do wonder if there might be some female characters for me as well.
Also I'd love to know your opinion on female and male characters in general, as well as on cosplay regarding this topic.
Another thing I'd like to mention is: Tomorrow morning I'll be leaving for Connichi in Kassel, Germany. I hope I'll be able to see lots of familiar faces there :3
My cosplays will be:
Friday: Emma from Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma
Saturday: Kotetsu T. Kaburagi from Tiger & Bunny
Sunday: Motomiya Daisuke from Digimon 02
Don't hesitate to talk to me if you see me! I'm always looking forward to meeting new people :3