It seems to me that the vast majority of material I’ve come across on the craft of fiction has assumed that your novel has a single POV character. And yet, many if not most of the novels I’ve read have multiple POV characters. I haven’t gotten far enough in “Plotting and Planning Your Novel” course to see whether this is addressed in the course, but so far it seems to follow the trend of assuming a single protagonist.
I realize that “single protagonist” is not synonymous with “single POV character,” but I am curious as to what anyone here (is anyone here?) thinks about using multiple POV characters and how to handle them. Does the reader need to connect with all of them to the same degree - and facilitated by the same writing principles - as with the “main” character?
I am curious because I am developing my first novel, and I have five POV characters in mind, one of which is the proximate villain, but only two of which have significant character arcs (one being the protagonist).