marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

pondering point-of-view

Read a writing exercise about what you like and dislike in fiction.  Was thinking about what I like and dislike in points of view.

I like following a likeable character through a story, which limited POV helps.  Keeps the story focused.  And once you have a POV I like, it helps not to risk it by introducing characters I don't like as new POVs.  I once gave up a series because it was not fun, wading through the two plots I didn't like to get to the one I did.

Which lead me to blink and think that no, actually, I do like a lot of vast, multi-POV stories.  It helps with the world, making it look large and expansive and, most of all, well-populated.  And the plot can get a lot more twisty.

It's one of those things where the story gets the main say.

Tags: plot twist, point of view, story structure, sympathy, world-building: other

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