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Which preposition is the correct one:

Paul is the main character of/from the novel XY.

I found both online but was told by a friend that only "from" works here.. which doesn't make sense to me.

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Both are entirely possible and can be used. Which one is more "correct" depends on context. More common than either of them is "in the novel."

As a native US English speaker, I would tend to say "Paul is the main character of the novel", but "Vronsky is a character from/in Anna Karenina."

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  • So all thre options are correct in the following sentence?: Tom is the main character in/from/of the novel "Tom Sawyer. He is xy years old and...
    – Paul Levi
    Jan 6, 2022 at 13:32
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    With "main character" I would only tend to use of or in, as Ngrams shows. It's hard for me to explain why "the main character" feels like it should take a different preposition from "a character".
    – stangdon
    Jan 6, 2022 at 13:43
  • Would you also only use of/in in this context: The given excerpt deals with Paul, the main character ___ the novel.
    – Paul Levi
    Jan 6, 2022 at 13:47
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    Yes, in that case I think I would still say of or in.
    – stangdon
    Jan 6, 2022 at 21:38

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