Sunday, March 18, 2012

Let's Talk POV

I'm currently in the process of rewriting my 400+ page novel, changing it from 3rd person POV from two character's perspectives, to 1st person perspective, all from my heroine's viewpoint.  This is quite the endeavor, but I - and my critique partner - agreed that this is the way to go with this story, especially since it's helping me cut word count and get deeper into the character's POV.

Now, the reason I'm making this post, is because I'd like to see what your views are on POV.  Which one do you prefer?  Do you think it depends on age group?  Would you only read a YA or Upper YA book in first person POV, but be willing to read a pure adult novel in 3rd?  Would you ever not read a book because of the POV it is in? 

I'd really love to read some of your toughts.  This whole process is a pain in the tush, but I feel I'm learning even more about a character I thought I knew as well as myself. 

Thanks in advance for your replies.

20 comments:

  1. That is quite a task - good luck!

    I would never rule out a book just because of the PoV. In YA I tend to prefer 1st person but in adult I don't really have a favorite. Either way, as long as the writing captures me, PoV/tense does not much matter.

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    1. Thanks! It is a daunting task, but feels right for this MS.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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  2. Yeah! I, of course, love 1st, but if the book is completely stellar I can look past it. The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades are in 1st present tense. I HATE present tense, but the books were so amazing I didn't even notice anymore. You're doing great and keep trucking along. What I read so far is brilliant and I feel closer to Ivy too and forgot to mention that. You're awesome :D

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    1. I also HATE present tense, but I'm willing to overlook it in some instances.

      Thanks!

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  3. Like E.D. the pov doesn't matter to me. YA, adult ... it's all the same as long as the stories good.
    That being said, I found I'm way better at writing 3rd than 1st. In fact I've done the reverse of what you're doing, so I feel for ya.

    Hope it goes well. ^_^

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    1. I'm better at 3rd, so this is a struggle for me, for sure.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion!

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  4. I've read great books in both 1st and 3rd person POVs. It's not even something I really pay attention to, besides a passing acknowledgement. If the story is engaging, the POV doesn't matter.

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    1. I, too, have read great books in both, but I always notice it.

      Thank you for sharing your opinion. It's fascinating to see how people feel on this.

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  5. Wow. That sounds like a lot of work. I've changed tenses before mid-stream, and it's hard to catch everything.

    POV doesn't matter much to me for reading. If 3rd is done well, it gets you the same info as 1st sometimes. I much prefer writing first person though and most of my writing is that.

    Since so much YA is 1st, it'd be interesting to hear what teenagers think about this.

    Good luck.

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    1. I know it's hard to catch everything, that's why I'm going to make my CP look it all over again. And then listen to it on my old Kindle DX to try to catch any mistakes.

      I asked some teens at my school, and a lot of them like 1st b/c they say it makes them feel closer to the character.

      Thanks.

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  6. I really don't care about POV when I'm picking what book to read. It's all about the voice and the writing, which can be good or bad from any POV. As a writer, I love third with multiple (but limited) POVs. I always get stuck when I use first person, trying to get that person in EVERY important scene.

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    1. Yeah, I prefer the multiple and limited POV's when I write, but I'm really trying to make this switch work. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!

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  7. I dont care much about the POV when I'm reading...but I have a hard time writing in 1st person, I switch tenses a-lot. And generally prefer third person. But sometimes ideas just dont work in third.

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    1. I'm having a hard time writing first for this story, since it's been 3rd person since I started the first draft in 2003. It's weird to change it because I know a lot of the lines by heart. Eek!

      Thanks for sharing!

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  8. It seems most young adult books are first person.
    I tend to read books that are third person and that's how I write as well. First person seems so challenging.

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    1. I agree - it is challenging!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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  9. I prefer 3rd person, but very few authors seem to write in it anymore. I don't think I've passed on any book because it was written in first, but I do sort of groan if the voice is stereotypically sarcastic.

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    1. I prefer 3rd also.

      And lol on the stereotypically sarcastic. It's everywhere.

      Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Wow, good luck with that. That's quite an undertaking.

    It really depends on what I'm reading for what POV I want to read in. I do really enjoy first person, but if it is a male telling the story in first person - it's harder for me to get into.

    Most of what I've written is first person, my current WIP is 3rd and that's actually a challenge for me.

    Again, good luck! :)

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    1. Thank you!

      I can see how a male POV would be hard.

      Good luck with your 3rd person story, and thanks for sharing!

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