Bookish Rants or Raves: My Point of View on POVs!

Filed in Bookish Rant or Raves , The Crazy Lover Posted on March 24, 2011 @ 6:09 am 12 comments
Sometimes I see around the web an authors, reader or blogger say how much the Love/Hate a certain type of Point of View (POV) when it comes to novels and I thought this would be an interesting topic for discussion.

I personally, enjoy reading books written in first or third person. I feel that either POV has its qualities and bring something interesting to the table.

Like the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning”, where we get almost the whole story all told from the Heroine’s point of view. It might be constricting not getting to see any other characters actions for more of the time, but we get a deep insight in the Heroine’s mind and it makes understanding her that much easier.

“Every time I think I’m getting smarter I realize that I’ve just done something stupid. Dad says there are three kinds of people in the world: those who don’t know, and don’t know they don’t know; those who don’t know and do know they don’t know; and those who know and know how much they still don’t know.
Heavy stuff, I know. I think I’ve finally graduated from the don’t-knows that don’t know to the don’t-knows that do.”

In the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost, the story is again told from one single person’s POV, but it’s in Third Person. In this case, We don’t feel like the main character is talking to use, but we do get the at least some insight into his or in this case, her mind.

“Get stuffed, don’t you have more publicity stunts to pull?” Bones shot back. “How about chatting with another writer who can smear your name into greater popularity?”
“What, did Anne Rice not return your calls, mate?” Vlad asked scathingly. “Jealousy is such an ugly trait.” 

Last but not least we have the Multi-POV stories like JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood or Lara Adrian’s  Midnight Breed series. Usually the POVs are split between the Hero, Heroine and Villain; but sometimes we also get glimpses of other characters as well.
This is a great way to connect with main characters from previous books in Paranormal Romance, however, the Villainous POVs usually get on my nerves.
What about you?

I’d LOVE to know!

Do you prefer 1st person, 3rd single-person or 3rd Multiple-Person POVs?


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  • InnocentButler March 24, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I'm not sure. On one hand, it's nice to get the insight from first person. On the other hand, if you don't like the narrator, you are SOL. I think I prefer one narrator 3rd person (multiple gets confusing).

    I also am fond of the "Choose your own adventure" style 2nd person, which I notice you left out.

    (Or, more accurately:
    You notice that a voice choice is left out. You:
    a. Giggle over your rhyme. Voice choice indeed.
    b. Leave a comment to relay your wrath.
    c. Close out the window quietly and go about your business.)

  • Jess March 24, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I prefer third person multiple POV, because if you hate the lead characters there's still a possibility you can enjoy the book. The other thing about third person multiple is, I like reading about the villains but I can't think of a single first-person book told from the villain's perspective. Therefore, a third person multiple allows me to maybe get a bit of what I want.

    I don't hate first person, but I frequently encounter problems with it. One in particular. While I get a good feel for the narrator/character's thought process, I rarely like her yet I'm stuck with her the entire book. Sometimes I even give up on books that are reviewed positively ("This book will revolutionize the genre!" or "It takes what's good from the genre and drops what's bad! Wonderful read, highly recommended!" and hey, all that sounds good) but have an unlikable/unappealing/generic narrator.

  • Valerie Douglas aka V. J. Devereaux March 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

    *laughing* As a writer who writes in multiple POV obviously I like it, but I like it because I read it. I love when in a book by Nora Roberts you know not only the conflict that the heroine faces but the hero too. So neither one seems cruel or clueless, you understand why they behave that way. Sometimes knowing why the villains act the way they do helps us to understand why people do bad things in real life. Believe me, putting myself in a villains head isn't always the most pleasant thing, but I do think it's valuable.

  • Sharon S. March 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I will have to go with the majority here. I like to get other characters POV in a story. Sometime fist person is okay if I love the person (like Mac from The Fever series). I don't really think about it when I am reading though. I pick up a book and just start reading. If some asked me what the POV was I might not be able to tell them .

  • draconismoi March 24, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I don't really have a preference….as long as I am into the story, I won't even register the POV.

    But I do love it when authors writing a book from a single person's POV offer little extras online from other characters POVs (thanks Ilona Andrews and Kelley Armstrong!).

  • smexys_sidekick March 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

    It really doesn't matter to me. s long as I am able to get into the story then it's all good. 🙂

  • Jessica Subject March 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I don't have a preference as I've read them all. What is important is that the character's voice is distinct.

    I've even read 2nd person POV (You by Charles Benoit). It was weird at first, but he did a wonderful job. I didn't notice after the first chapter.

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} March 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm


    LOL I left it out because I have never encountered them hehe I didn't even know about them =/



    You make a great point! with Multiple POVs ychances are there will be at least 1 character you might connect with =)


    You make a very good point! =)


    That's the case with me too, most of the time =)


    I enjoy that too =)




    I've never read a 2nd person POV =P

  • Jane March 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I prefer third person and multi-persons pov.

  • Chelsea B. March 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I like 'em all, but I usually go more for 3rd person.

  • marybelle March 25, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Third single person works best for me. It gets confusing if there are more. I'm not a fan of first person.

  • Kaetrin March 25, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I used to be a 1st person POV snob – I wouldn't read a book if it was in 1st person but now I don't mind – some of my very favourite books are in 1st person and I think it works even better on audio.

    I like all sorts – when it's done well, I'm happy either way! 🙂

    BTW, I just finished listening to At Grave's End today and it's in 1st person POV. The Cat & Bones books are in 1st person and the other books (eg First Drop of Crimson etc) are in 3rd person.

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