Thoughts on a two-headed protagonist, plus the return of a question for readers
In another entry in his guest-blogging stint at Moments in Crime, the Norwegian author K.O. Dahl discusses one practical advantage of having two main characters:
"The good side of having to protagonists is the possibility to change. When I am tired of the first one, I can go on working with the other with a fresh mind. But mostly, they fill each other out. Sometimes they remind me of an old, married couple."One of those protagonists sounds like people I went to high school and summer camp with:
"He loves music, and music means rock from the seventies. He likes those bands from the seventies not everybody remembers, like Edgar Broughton band, Captain Beefheart, Colosseum, Gentle Giant and King Crimson. If you ask if he likes Genesis, he would say, yeah, those records with Peter Gabriel.I always wondered what happened to those guys. My old classmates, I mean, not Captain Beefheart and Gentle Giant. I guess they grew up to become cops in Norway.
"In high school Frølich thought Frank Zappa was some kind of a prophet."
Who are your favorite multiple protagonists? Ask me, and I'll suggest Bill James' Harpur and Iles or Janwillem van de Wetering's Grijpstra, de Gier and their commissaris, or chief. But who are your favorite dual, triple or team protagonists? How does the author make the team work? Do you sometimes with the author would settle on one of the team and focus on that character as protagonist?
© Peter Rozovsky 2008
Norwegian crime fiction
Scandinavian Crime Fiction