Brushing the sexist terminology aside for a moment, I want to talk about the everyman.
If you’re writing a science fiction or fantasy novel, your protagonist might be an ordinary person who finds themselves in an extraordinary world.
We make these characters to articulate the oddity of the situation, to show how peculiar it is through the eyes of the bewildered.
The problem is, characterisation and agency tend to fall to the wayside. Take for instance Alice or Dorothy, of Wonderland and Oz fame. Tell me some of their character traits… What kind of personality do they have?
It’s tough, right?