I have been told, over the years, that one of my books has way too many characters in it.
The book is especially dear to me. It is the first real book I've ever written. It is the first book of a planned five-book series (perhaps six). Two other books in the series are completed as well.
I look at books by Austen, Bronte, Tolkien, and Tolstoy and wonder how mine can be considered having too many characters. I know this is a different era. These authors' books are read by tens of thousands today. Doesn't that hint at a level of interest?
Handy Manny - not quite great literature. Still, it is current. *g*
I was watching the show the other day with my little one. I almost fell off the couch as I counted the number of characters in the first five minutes of the show. (These are based on the Handy Manny books by Marcy Kelman). Twelve characters. These twelve appear in every story.
If Handy Manny can have twelve characters in the first five minutes of his story, I think I can have a few in the first chapter of mine.
Taking some liberties with the argument - but life is short. And interesting!