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Post Reply Would you read a fiction novel with fifteen or a little more main characters?
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absolutely not.

i also dislike anime/manga/webtoon/etc that have multiple main characters. Two is good, three is the max.

I like things simple. I like to understand something the first read-through. Rereading or rewatching isn't something I do.
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Posted 8/14/16

Sogno- wrote:

absolutely not.

i also dislike anime/manga/webtoon/etc that have multiple main characters. Two is good, three is the max.

I like things simple. I like to understand something the first read-through. Rereading or rewatching isn't something I do.


Interesting.
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It's called Baccano!.
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The Baccano series has some ludicrous amount of main characters and they are some of my favorite books (Peter Pan in Chains is finally translated!!!), so yes. However, there are a lot of things that need to be done to keep it readable so it needs to be written quite well.
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Why not . It sounds like fun to write a story with a lot of main characters.
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Yes, I'd read a book like that. The story has to be well executed for me to want to continue reading the book.
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Durarara would be something like this right? Then yea.
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Yeah, I mean Game of Thrones has so many characters. They may not all be classified as "main" but you have to remember them because almost everything is connected.
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It always depends on how well it's done. I've read some where it jumps back and forth between characters every chapter but still flows and you still know what's going on, and I've also read some where it flips back and forth and chapters are only like three pages a piece and by the end of the first book you have no clue who ANYONE is besides the person introduced in the first chapter.
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Thanks for the comments, cool people.
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Yeah, I would. But I don't think "number of main characters" is a variable independent of the other properties of the story. I'd be willing to say that 374 main characters is too much for a human work of fiction, since a story like that would probably take way too long to read on a human timescale. But I'd be wary of making any statements about, say, 20-character novels. It all depends on what you're trying to do: if you need 15 main characters to tell the story, have 15 main characters. Just have a good reason to have that many main characters; make sure they're not distractions. Of course, if you're just writing this to entertain yourself, do whatever you enjoy. But if you want other people to enjoy it too, think about what you want to convey and add/remove characters depending on whether they help you convey what you want.
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auroraloose wrote:

Yeah, I would. But I don't think "number of main characters" is a variable independent of the other properties of the story. I'd be willing to say that 374 main characters is too much for a human work of fiction, since a story like that would probably take way too long to read on a human timescale. But I'd be wary of making any statements about, say, 20-character novels. It all depends on what you're trying to do: if you need 15 main characters to tell the story, have 15 main characters. Just have a good reason to have that many main characters; make sure they're not distractions. Of course, if you're just writing this to entertain yourself, do whatever you enjoy. But if you want other people to enjoy it too, think about what you want to convey and add/remove characters depending on whether they help you convey what you want.


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