I’m wondering how many main characters should be in a first person POV series.

My idea of a good MC cast is this:

First Person Narrator. Narrator’s love interest. Narrator’s best friend. Narrator’s Mentor. Narrator’s Very Good friend, Love interest’s best friend, and comic relief.

I think this is a good amount of main characters for a story but I’m really not sure. What is the right amount? Is there a right amount?

  • As long as everyone serves a purpose, then yeah, like it's said below, there is no rule that states a set amount. In my experience, usually there are one, maybe two or three people that the story really focuses on, but you can have a whole host of main dudes to play with
    – Tasch
    Oct 28, 2020 at 20:38

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There is no perfect amount, it all depends on what you need. The Michael Vey series started with 1 MC, then went up to 3, hired 2 more, rescued a couple more, ending up with about a dozen I think(and that's just the good guy side). The story was good, and not a whole lot got in the way of each other. On the other hand, the book Rash only really had one MC and it's just as good as the Michael Vey series.

Just make sure that you can keep track of everyone in your story, else you might accidentally just lose a character because you forgot about it and he disappeared in the middle of a paragraph. Just writing a note off to the side with everyone and some basic facts will really help you keep track of everyone.

Personally, I try to stay below three or four because that's about all I can keep track of, but I did do more once and had to write some of it down. So however many you can keep track of is a good number.

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    +1 Try not to pull a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and forget certain characters exist. Oct 27, 2020 at 20:36

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