Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday Talks | Multiple POVs


Hey guys, welcome to another Tuesday Talks, a GoodReads groups started by Janie and Janelle where we discuss book-related topics every Tuesday. Today we'll be talking about multiple POVs in books.

I think the idea of multiple POVs depends on the author and the book. The art of mastering multiple POVs is a complicated one. The author has to be good enough to write in two distinctly different voices while still making it relevant to the plot. There are so many authors that have been able to make it work, but I want to talk about one specific example that doesn't work: Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

I know there are a lot of arguments against this book because of the ending, but I want to take a step back and talk about the book in comparison to the others in the series. Allegiant was the only book in the series that had both Tris and Tobias's perspectives and we all knew how that ended. I listened to this book through an audiobook so there was a change in voice when the narration changed, but there were several people who weren't really able to separate between Tris and Tobias, frequently having to look back at the chapter headings to figure out who's voice it was.

I think that the idea of multiple POVs can be incredible useful in telling a story, giving the audience a broader understanding of the characters and their personalities. But it's a very delicate art, something that's not necessary or good in every book. For me it just depends on the book and the author's skill level.

What do you guys think about multiple POVs? Love them, hate them? Let me know in the comments below!