10% of Americans say they just identify with whoever the protagonist is

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Sex and the cityHome Box Office (HBO)So, are you a Carrie?
  • You know that thing where you consume media and identify with a character?
  • If you’re anything like 10% of Americans, you might just identify with whoever the protagonist is.
  • There’s no shame in it.
  • But if you think you’re a Gryffindor or a Carrie – um, maybe take a closer look.

You know that thing where you become really engrossed in a TV show, movie, or book and begin to identify with a character? Maybe you’ve watched “Gossip Girl” time and time again and identify the most with Blair. Or perhaps you love “Gilmore Girls” and totally get Lorelai’s point of view.

Well, if you’re anything like 10 per cent of Americans, you might just identify with whoever the protagonist is in a given piece of media.

Recently, as a part of the Great American Personality Test, INSIDER teamed up with Morning Consult to see who 8,805 people across the country identified with, and, uh, for a lot of people it’s just the main character.

For example, in the book and movie series, “Harry Potter” students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are sorted into houses. Of those familiar with the series, the largest percentage of people, 22 per cent, guessed that they would be sorted into Gryffindor – the house of the series’ protagonist, Harry Potter.

Then, of those familiar with “Sex and the City” more respondents said they identify with Carrie Bradshaw (11 per cent) than they did her friends Samantha Jones (8 per cent), Charlotte York Goldenblatt (6 per cent) or Miranda Hobbes (6 per cent).

And nearly 1,200 respondents who were familiar with “Game of Thrones” said that if they were to be in a family competing to rule Westeros and Essos, they would be a member of House Stark, arguably the protagonists of the series.

But, listen: There’s no shame in it. You are who you are. And sometimes you just want to be the star of your own show.

Read more about our methodology here.

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