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Does the main character HAVE to be the same character as the protagonist?
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Explain your opinion in great detail.

I can really use help on this with some advice from the follow writers and readers out there. The title speaks for itself.

Bonus Questions:

1) Would you rather read or write in first or third person?

2)How can you write first person and tell everyone's point of view?

Enjoy!!!
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No,

I tend to write from a first person perspective in which the main character is a narrator who is recounting the tale of a legendary warrior (the protagonist)

The protagonist is normally just the character that is the trigger for most of the positive events similar to the antagonist being the trigger for the negative events in a story.

The main character can be anyone, it can be someone on the sidelines of the story or it can be the antagonist of the story OR it can be the protaganist.

I'm not too good with all the literary terminology for this stuff so excuse me for my horrible explanations.


1) I like third person and first person equally.. it all depends on how well its written. Both have pro's and con's and both can be just as enjoyable as each-other.

2) I guess from a narrators standpoint and making light commentary on the facial expressions and or actions of the characters surrounding the main character/ protagonist.

or you could just have the main character ask them their point of view.
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Main character-first person narrative.

Protagonist- third person narrative.


Is this right or wrong?
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I'm not sure how much weight my opinion carry but IMO, no. The protagonist can be a youth looking up to and learning from a more experienced individual that serves as the main character of the story.

1) They have their pro and cons... but I prefer 3rd person while injecting character thoughts with italics.

2) That's tough... probably a separate work for each character? I think it can also be done if you artfully describe the character interactions and allude to the other character's opinions. Ex: "She lashed out at me for having said that. She obviously didn't agree with me." This one is a toughie too!
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For me, usually yes. I try to keep things simple and don't often partake of more esoteric literary conceits.

I tend to employ first person and merely imply other points of view. Sometimes I'll drop pretty obvious hints that the narrator is biased or even outright lying to you.
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No. I've seen plenty of shows that isn't the protagonist but is also the main character.
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S4869hu wrote:

I'm not sure how much weight my opinion carry but IMO, no. The protagonist can be a youth looking up to and learning from a more experienced individual that serves as the main character of the story.

1) They have their pro and cons... but I prefer 3rd person while injecting character thoughts with italics.

2) That's tough... probably a separate work for each character? I think it can also be done if you artfully describe the character interactions and allude to the other character's opinions. Ex: "She lashed out at me for having said that. She obviously didn't agree with me." This one is a toughie too!


I always thought that a story with a main character merely focused on that character like a titular character. While a story with a protagonist focused on character's involvement in the story. The story doesn't focus on the character like it would if it were a main character.

It's a bit confusing.
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fallenking16 wrote:

No. I've seen plenty of shows that isn't the protagonist but is also the main character.


Name an anime series.
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the main characters can be aliens invading earth and the protagonist umm...some dude that makes it his business

actually.. isn't that.the theme?

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severticas wrote:

wakarimasen
the main characters can be aliens invading earth and the protagonist umm...some dude that makes it his business


Okay then.
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Nope and I think Akame ga Kill is a good example, there is an obvious main character, but everyone else can be seen as protagonists.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


severticas wrote:

wakarimasen
the main characters can be aliens invading earth and the protagonist umm...some dude that makes it his business


Okay then.


T_T i don't usually follow definitions to a t but give me the definition of a protagonist and i'll make sense of this.
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qualeshia3 wrote:



Main character-first person narrative.

Protagonist- third person narrative.


Is this right or wrong?


That would work.



The best way to define a character as the protagonist would be to make that character the trigger for most of the events in the book.

The main character is best defined as whom's perspective it is being seen from.

Posted 5/9/15 , edited 5/9/15
Ah main charactr is like glasses always present in a story.. a feeder! I got it.

Not really lol.
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Thanks.
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