When reading, I easily lose track of characters as they are introduced in a story. Give them rare and exotic names, and I’m lost. I admit I may not be the brightest kid on the block, but I can’t be the only one with this problem. So, to you average-IQ readers out there, how many characters can you manage? And generally, how much do you think it depends on genre, plot, and audience?
Multiple POVs depend mainly on preference, I think. When a story switches POV or hops from character to characters (changing setting as well), I get frustrated. Yes, the storyline becomes more intricate, but I’m always upset about having to leave the scene (often a cliffhanger) and visiting a different character. The cycle goes on. It’s supposed to keep me reading, I suppose; but is it worth the annoyance?
How do you all feel about multiple POV?