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Posted by garowyn on 2007.06.19 at 18:04
Is it all right to switch POVs of characters (I wouldn't go overboard, though), say two characters? In some of the books I've read, they start a new chapter if it's the POV of someone other than the main character.

Now, I just want to make it clearer: what are the good and bad things about using POV (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc), in your own words.




nachzes at 2007-06-20 02:03 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm...I've read some articles that say don't do it...but I think it depends on the story. A lot of action-adventure ones could do well with a little POV-change, but some others (say, Sarah Dessen's books), I can't even IMAGINE in two different POVs as the book was progressing.

If I was to use POV-changes, I'd probably write in 3rd person (again, especially for an adventure novella), whereas I'd stick to first person and one point of view for more introspective books.

One thing that's always cool is when stories are retold from another character's point of view, but in a whole new book -- the only problem is that you have to be really careful that you don't just change some of the text and keep the rest the same. You REALLY have to focus on making them different books -- so a lot of work with characterization is required.
garowyn at 2007-06-20 04:17 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. There's so much I want to tell regarding other characters, too.

*nods* I see. Thanks for your input!
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