Can You Have Multiple Main Characters in Your Story?

Multiple main characters

Having multiple main characters in a story is not too common; however, it is not unusual. In fact, there are many popular books with several main characters. Think The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, to name a few. These two books feature four or more main characters. These characters face antagonists together or each on their own, forming one big conflict made up of smaller conflicts.

Multiple Main Characters

So, can you have multiple main characters in a story? Absolutely! In Divinity Falling, the novel I’m currently working on publishing, I have two main characters, a male and a female. Adriel and Adelaide each have chapters in their own unique point of view, showing the differences in their perspectives of each other and everything around them.

So while we are often used to a single main character, there is definitely room for more. Besides, third person point of view often brings us into the lives of many. This indicates that you can have multiple main characters in a story. Of course, just because a narrative is told in the third person perspective does not mean that there are multiple main characters. We could learn intimate details of more than one character but still have only one main character. Nonetheless, that is not always the case, and sometimes we get treated to multiple main characters in a single third person point of view novel.

Two other novels with multiple main characters you probably recognize are A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. With so many ongoing narratives, it is easier to learn more when we can follow the lives of all the important characters.

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