EVERY SINGLE MALE PROTAGONIST IS WELL OVER SIX FEET TALL.
Let me repeat that without the caps. Every single male protagonist is well over six feet tall. A fact which started me thinking. Lois McMaster Bujold managed an engaging male protagonist under five feet tall but Miles Vorkosigan is the only one who breaks the rule.
I don't know if research and statistics will back me up. This is strictly anecdotal and one shelf of the bookcase.
- Jondalar from the Earth's Children Series by Jean M. Auel Six foot six inches
- Jamie Frasier from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon Six foot four inches*
- Matthew Claremont from the AllSouls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness Six foot three inches
I just finished reading my fifth book of the week and, yes, out of five male protagonists, not a single one of them was under six foot three. I'm not going to name titles/authors with those five. It was research, not fun, and I don't want it known I read them. Yes, they were that bad.
Not a large enough number for statistical purposes but enough to get me to asking the question. Is this becoming a rule?
So I have a question for those who write and read romance (or even other genres with a romantic subplot).
How tall is your male protagonist?
How tall were the last five male protagonists in the books you read?
*not totally sure of the accuracy of this but I recall reading it in the discussion surrounding the casting for Jamie Frasier in the new Starz series.