I think in general people are going to be attracted to stories in which they can relate to the protagonist. It could be something like “I’m a dude and the dude I’m playing is a dude, I like this.”, or like, “Animals are hella rad, if I get to play as one I feel happy inside.” But like, at the same time, people really don’t like being forced to slog through a story with a character they can’t relate to at all, y’know? I mean, like, some people are into that, but that’s when they do it as a choice, right? What I’m like, trying to say is like, the only way to keep everyone happy would be to include options for every possible thing, but like, that can take away from the story in its own way. If you care about satisfying everyone, then go for that totally inclusive we’re all in this together stuff, but like, you don’t have to, y’know? If like, the story you want to tell requires the protagonist to be a certain way, then make them that way. Sure, it’ll like, turn some people away from your work, but like, it’s your story, y’know? Reading through these posts, it’s evident most of the folks here have got a solid amount of writing ability. If they aren’t happy with how you’re doing your work, that’s cool, they can go do their own stuff. That’s what I did when Twin Flames tried to force me into a heterosexual relationship. With a HERETIC. I just went and wrote my own romance story that didn’t involve a woods-dwelling devil-worshipper. I guess like, if you’re putting what gets you the most readers ahead of what you want the most, you’re kind of selling out. Don’t sell out. If you need money, go get a job or something. Writing shouldn’t be something you do to pay the bills, it should be something you do because you love to do it. Like any form of art, really.
That… went on way longer than I meant it to. Uh, the last time I made a post this long, I got into an argument that ended up getting me banned from this forum for six months, so like, I feel like I should just like, preemptively emphasize that I mean well? Please don’t verbally abuse me?