140 – Too Many Characters

The Mythcreant Podcast

Everyone loves characters, so you should be able to simply add more and more of them with no consequences, right? Turns out that’s not quite true, and we talk about why today. We discuss how an overabundance of characters can clog down a narrative, when it’s okay to add a new character, and how many characters is the right amount.*

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

The Expanse

Harry Potter

The Belgariad

His Dark Materials


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  1. Julia

    Oren touched on an idea I’d like to see (hear?) you guys do in the future: how can one incorporate research and world building into a story so it flows well and doesn’t just make the book sound like a travelogue or history text?

  2. Emily

    Twin Peaks also has this problem, where they have this massive cast of characters with all of these plot lines. It’s pretty messy and a lot of the time these characters don’t really contribute much to the narrative (Nadine in most of Season 2, Richard Horn, etc). It’s a great show but it really suffers from just how much is going on.

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