Booking Through Thursday: Pointed

Well, then. Just when I made a declaration about how easy NaBloPoMo would be since I participate in so many link-ups, it turns out that my Thursday party has gone AWOL since early last month. I’m going to fudge it a little bit and answer the last question BTT posted as though it is this week’s!


Which do you think is better (or do you prefer): stories with multiple character points of view, or stories that stick to just one or two at most? Why?

My reading history is full of many examples here. There’s my once-beloved Baby-sitters Club, wherein each book was written from a different character’s point of view. There’s Harry Potter‘s limited omniscience. I even have a few nonfiction books by two authors that switched back and forth enough to give me whiplash (How To Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul I liked; Captivating I did not).

Although I like stories that give a more rounded view of events by changing points of view (the Rashomon effect, according to Wikipedia), like in Vantage Point, I usually prefer just one. I definitely don’t like switching back and forth between two characters. Whose story is it? Make up your mind, already!

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