marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

irony and identification

There's a lot of stuff written about points of view -- I've written some of it on occasion -- but I find when I am actually writing and not reading, I have a choice of points of view:  third-person limited, with one POV character, and third-person limited with more than one.

Usually the first unless I can't tell the story without more.

But then, that brings in more issues.  Because multiple points of view, even for the flattest reasons of letting your story be told with the most economy, are a trade off.  You can get dramatic irony where the readers know something the character doesn't.  And you lose identification with the character equally, because they are not in his shoes, they know something he doesn't.
Tags: irony, point of view, sympathy

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