February 7th Topic: How many POVs is too many?
Firstly for clarity’s sake POVs = Point of Views.
To be quite honest I don’t mind a book with multiple Point of Views, one POV (a book written in first person) or a book without POV (a book written in third person).
I love reading books with more than one POV because it certainly helps with knowing what else is going down in a book. Books like Broken Throne and All The Light We Cannot See are two of my favorites like this. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is also a great book with multiple POVs shown in the form of letters, in fact over 15! The sheer multitude of characters and perspectives did make it sometimes hard to gauge what was actually happening in the book at first.
I reckon think that if there is a strong protagonist whose plot we are following the closest and their POV is regularly explored then that can allow for other POVs to be added to the mix.
As for how many POVs is too many, well not every single character mentioned in a novel can have there perspective examined (unless the book is in 3rd person, but not even these books explore the every thought every character). I think that, yes, you can for sure have too many perspectives in one novel. If the character has a POV chapter they should be an important character to the story not some random person who turns up once.
To be honest I don’t really mind the number of POVs (as long as it’s not crazily excessive and hindering my understanding of the story). Sometimes the book can have more suspense and mystery if some POVs are left out altogether or left for future books. Young Adult fiction books tend to have just one Point of view (I am thinking Hunger Games, Divergent and the like) which is good as it allows to really get a feel for the main character and understand them better.
Wow, I feel like I was really technical talking about this prompt! Well at the end of all this I think I need to read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo after hearing the success of its multiple POVs!
Examples: POVs = Point-Of-Views. Do you like books with multiple POVs, or do you prefer books with one narrator? How many is too many? Are there certain books that just shouldn’t have more than 1 POV?
What do you think?
- Do you like a book with just one POV or multiple?
- How many POVs is too many? Do you have a book in mind relating to this?