Do you usually imagine yourself as the protagonist or antagonist in the books you read?

22 thoughts on “Do you usually imagine yourself as the protagonist or antagonist in the books you read?

  1. Protagonist, definitely. Especially if the book is written in first person POV, because then you really get in their head and relate. Though, I suppose it does depend on the book… Antagonists can be very interesting characters.

  2. Neither. I am not a fictional character. There’s a difference between words on a page and the thoughts in my brain.

    • It’s a shame. You’re missing out on the best way to expieriance books:through the characters’ eyes. Does music change your mood? Well, reading can work the same way.

    • Really? I wish I could do that. 🙂
      I can never fall asleep at night because I’m too busy rewriting books in my head, and putting in other characters.
      I didn’t mean to be rude, by the way.

  3. Protagonist. I always side with them because the book is usually written from their perspective. But, I’ve always had a mind boggling question. What if the protagonist was actually the antagonist in the whole plot and the writer simply put him/her/it in a more positive light?

  4. when reading I am usually the protagonist, but when I write I usually put myself as the antagonist because I have a deeper understanding of what makes an antagonist. Plus I would feel self centered if I made myself the main character.

    • Antagonist. Intelligent readers know the antagonist is the real underdog because the Protagonist has to be the most skilled or most intelligent of the work.

  5. Protagonist usually. I normally relate to them more especially when its in a first person POV. Sometimes though I can relate to the antagonist as well. Mostly protagonist though.

  6. It highly depends on the book I’m reading. Sometimes I find myself relating to a supporting character that is neither the protagonist nor the antagonist. But if I had to pick between protagonist and antagonist, I think I usually relate to both an equal amount. The POV the story is written in sometimes makes me lean more towards one way than the other.

  7. I really don’t imagine myself as either character, but between the two I usually choose protagonist. Though, I must admit, often my favorite characters end up being the more minor side characters as opposed to the main protagonist because they usually end up having quirkier personalities than the protagonist in most stories I’ve read. Usually the protagonist is too busy serving as the hero to really do much else. I’m talking about Harry Potter compared to say Fred and George as an example! I’m also a huge fan of anti-heros because although they end up being the good guys, they are far from perfect, which honestly just makes them seem so much more real and so much more human! An example of one of my favorite anti-heroes is definitely Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaires; he doesn’t seem good at first, yet he’s one of the strongest heros on the show.Yes, I know it’s a book too, but for some reason I enjoyed the show more than the books, which was definitely a first for me!

  8. It seriously depends on the book I am reading. Sometimes the motives of the antagonist are more justified than the protagonist and vice versa. If it’s a horror book, I pretend I am the protagonist to connect to the book more and receive that scariness.

  9. Difficult, to be honest I tend to mentally explore the characters as if I was watching a movie or a TV show instead of actually envisioning myself as any of them. I do explore their points of view, and when I do I typically enjoy exploring both the Protagonist and the Antagonist’s point of view although I tend to favor the antagonists.

      • Like Bellatrix Lestrange. She is so evil it’s fascinating. Am I alone in kind of wishing I could be her? Not really, but she has such a dramatic presence.

  10. It totally depends on the book for me because there is such much that goes behind each, like the character’s story. It would be so cool to be the punctilious Horatio Hornblower and be that loyal hero, but when you look at characters like Harley Quinn (I only just discovered who she was and I’m not sure if she is necessarily in a comic book even) who has a sudden and somewhat complicated back story, it would be iteresting to step inside to this crazy, sympathetic side of the mind. (Not saying I’m going to go nuts and chase after a pychopath.)

  11. I answered antagonists. They’re always more complex, driven characters, and the conflict of doing the wrong thing for the right one is so interesting and relevant. I find myself disliking the protagonist a lot, although there are exceptions.

    Unless, of course, there’s a rad lesser character, then I usually fantasize about them. Finnick in THG is a good example.

  12. It actually depends on the story. I imagined myself as Peta Malark (I apologize for the misspelling) in the Hunger games, or as Magneto in the X-men series.

  13. I wish I could of chosen three. I’m usually the antagonist, but the definition of protagonist is main character. But of you were just defining it as ‘good guy’ and ‘bad guy,’ then yeah, antagonist. Usually. It still depends on the book though.

  14. Nether because my characters are separate from myself. I find imagining myself as either to be rather distracting.

  15. Depends on the book. I kind of have a “type”. When I look back at all my favourite characters, across everything I enjoy, there is a definite pattern. Oh, yes. I have a “type”.

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