What’s the difference between a viewpoint character and a protagonist? – by Louise Harnby…

Every novel has a viewpoint character and a protagonist. However, they’re not necessarily the same person, at least not all of the time. Here’s a quick guide that explains the differences.

Stories usually have multiple characters, and often have more than one major character. However, just because a character has a major role does not make them a protagonist.

Stories can be narrated by different characters in a book. Whoever’s head the reader is in is called the viewpoint character. However, just because a character is narrating a story does not make them a protagonist or a major character.

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