I’ve read plenty of fantasy novels where the main character is usually a teenager who goes on a journey, discovers themself, and becomes an adult. This is a very common theme of epic fantasy stories. I’ve read some in which the main character is an adult, as well. However, a lot of fantasy stories are about self-discovery, and it’s usually teenagers that go through this process, both in literature and in reality. Teenaged characters may also appeal more to younger readers.
So, this is what I’m wondering, how old do people prefer to have their protagonist? For me, it depends on the story. Young characters are often needed, especially for self-discovery stories. Adults can go through this, too. But adults are usually less adaptable and more set in their ways. The two fantasy novels I’m reading right now are quite different. “A Game of Thrones” has an ensemble cast of characters of many different ages. There’s no particular lead character, as the point of view changes between several adult, teenage, and child characters. The other is an eBook I’m reading called “Voidhawk” where all characters are adults. But usually, I read fantasy novels with a teenaged lead character.
As for my planned trilogy, the main character starts out as a teenager for reasons I won’t get into now. However, he is nearly an adult.
What age do you prefer protagonists to be?