Tuesday, May 19, 2009
More of the books I read are written from multiple points of view.
It is not just that they have what I was taught to call "omniscient" point of view. The reader is god-like. He or she can see everybody's thoughts and feelings.
It is instead, that there are whole sections, sometimes written in first person, from a particular character's point of view. Other sections (or chapters) are from the points of view of other characters, again sometimes in first person.
Contrast that with a book like Grave Undertaking where every word comes from the main character's mouth . The action is straight through. The author relentlessly pushes the story forward as the main character sees and experiences the story.
My questions: Which way is better? Or does it matter? When the writer uses multiple points of view is it like tennis players playing without the net? Or is the story all that matters? Is the technique inconsequential?
These are heavy, English-teacher kinds of questions. Do you have a thought on all of this?