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DrWood from Milwaukee, WI, living in Louisiana is reading A different book every 2-5 days. Currently Infinite Jest November 17, 2015 - 9:46pm
One
25% (2 votes)
Two or Three
38% (3 votes)
Four to Seven.
13% (1 vote)
Eight or more.
25% (2 votes)
Total votes: 8

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal November 18, 2015 - 11:19am

You know, that's an interesting question. I never thought too hard about it, but there seems to be a core few main characters that I like and root for, the rest are there, and good characters, but I don't reeeally "like" as much.

I think, though, we should define "like." Because some characters are excellent characters, but I think back to them and think oh that bastard or whatever.

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XyZy from New York City is reading Seveneves and Animal Money November 18, 2015 - 2:12pm

I think this is more a formal question, Thuggish. Do you like stories with one POV character, or 2 - 3 POV characters, or more... not particularly how you feel about the characters themselves, but I see how the wording of the question could lend that interpretation.

Personally, I have no issue with switching to multiple perspectives in a narrative, or sticking with one. Some of my favorite stories are from each of these species. I think that in particular for novels, that have the room to incorporate multiple povs, and elaborate stories that require that sort of multiplicity, I like ambition in the number of perspectives they engage with.

 

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal November 18, 2015 - 2:53pm

^ Hmmm. Makes sense, maybe I shouldn't answer threads so early in the morning.

In that case, to me it totally depends on the book. 

I will say this, if it's only 1 POV, I seem to prefer first-person. That might be because the single POV third-limited books were crap, not sure.

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DrWood from Milwaukee, WI, living in Louisiana is reading A different book every 2-5 days. Currently Infinite Jest November 18, 2015 - 6:56pm

xyzy got the intent. It's about the book, not about the character.

 

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor November 18, 2015 - 6:58pm

Unless it is GRRM I gotta say 2-3

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs November 19, 2015 - 5:37am

I prefer one, but more isn't a big deal as long as their voices sound differently from each other (which often isn't really the case).

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami November 19, 2015 - 6:47pm

I always choose at least eight to write about, but each story focuses on their 'life story' in a self-contained arc that builds to a larger story.

That's first person by the way.