Can a story have more than one protagonist? I'm aware that in the romance genre, there tends to be two, but since I'm not writing in the romance genre, that's irrelevant. Essentially, my situation is that I'm currently trying to get the bare bones of a plot down for the fantasy book/series I'm writing after my current WIP, and originally, I had three protagonists, intended each to have their own character arc, make choices, and have a pivotal role in the plot. I think my story might call for more than that, though; I think I'll have four in the beginning, and as more people come on, the number might grow. For this new count, they would have all the things already listed above for the original three. These people wouldn't be secondary characters just with POV scenes, either; they would be full protagonists. I'm aware that this sort of multi-protagonist-the-whole-way-through sort of thing is relatively uncommon, but I'm currently writing a story with only one protagonist and POV character, and I find it rather restricting, and though part of that might be because I don't particularly enjoy writing in that genre (it just doesn't accommodate the "hero's journey" sort of story that I absolutely love) I think I just don't like writing in just one character in general. So, would this multiple-protagonist thing be appropriate for the fantasy genre, or any genre?