Do readers prefer storytelling that focuses on one person, or do they prefer to have choices?
I am a journalist, so I write for a living, but I’ve never done something like this. It’s been a dream of mine for the past 10 years to write a story about the emotional summer I had after my college graduation. Long story short, I was friends with two guys. One was a sweetheart, nice guy type, and the other was aloof, but I had a huge crush on him. You see this trope in Japanese Manga a lot, but in my case, it wasn’t a love triangle. The nice guy wasn’t in love with me. He was just really loyal.
I am wondering if it is better to keep the story genuine, so that the reader can feel the real heartbreak of an unrequited crush (and the suspense of wondering if it will change), or whether I should give the reader the choice to go after the nice guy friend if they want.