Thursday, October 03, 2013

Booking Through Thursday (39) Point of View

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme where participants are asked a series of questions about their reading habits. To join this or future Booking Through Thursdays Click Here.

This Week BTT Asks:
Which is better (or preferred) … stories with multiple character points of view?
Or stories that stick to just one or two at most? And, why?


As much as I like following one character throughout the story I actually prefer multiple points of view.
For me I like being able to see another characters perspective on things. Also sometimes a book will have an unlikeable character narrating and that can make it extremely hard to read through. Having multiple perspectives gives me greater chance to at least power through a book with a bad main narrator.

With that being said though you can have to many points of view. A few months ago I read a book with so many pov's that each chapter ended up being only a few pages long just to fit them in. Needless to say that book did not work for me. I think multiple narration is best kept to under 4 characters any more and it tends to get a bit confusing.

Lastly,while it is nice having alternate pov's be from main characters I really wish more Authors would write a pov from an outsiders perspective. It could be that quiet kid always lurking around or even just a neighbor who has a creepy fascination with the girl/boy next door. They aren't directly involved with the characters but they still play a part in things. I just think that'd be refreshing to see.

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Now for my questions:
Do you prefer single or multiple pov's?
 Do you think a book can have to many narrators?
What book with a single pov would you like to see through another characters eyes?

 Leave me your answers in the comments below. I love reading your responses!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, yay! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who prefers multiple POV. Maybe it's because I read so many of my husband's thriller-type novels when I couldn't seem to get out to the library to choose my own books, lol, but I definitely love seeing a story from more than one perspective. And, as an author, I love telling one that way as well. Excellent post. :)

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