I used to HATE reading books told in multiple points of view’s
*Disclaimer: By ‘Multiple points of views’ I am only referring to multiple characters points of views in books.
When I used to think of books told in multiple points of views, I would cringe. I had never read a book written well with multiple POV’s, I had never seen how amazing it can be pulled off so therefore I disliked it and expected all books to be ruined if written so.
I was obviously either reading the wrong books, the wrong authors, or had yet to discover what I liked in a book.
The reason I hated it? Well what I hated so much about this style was when:
The second point of view killed all the suspense and mystery.
And somehow every book I picked up did this for me.
All. Suspense. Ruined.
We as readers know that Female A and Male B like each other, but they don’t know that, and they won’t tell each other that. Therefore the whole romance is a bunch of misunderstandings, paragraphs of pining and wondering why he/she doesn’t like him/her, and no communication between each other over the subject. Right until the end of course.
Personally I find that boring and it holds no interest. Therefore I feel like the second POV ruined the whole story for me. Even if the story isn’t about romance, it still ruined the suspense of the romance. I no longer wonder if Male B is going to fall for Female A and I do not have the joy of watching him do just that; he already likes her and we already know this through his POV. So instead, I have to sit there and frustratingly read how much each of them likes the other but how they think the other isn’t the same way inclined.
These sorts of scenarios are the scenarios that I wish would completely cut out Male B’s POV, and let us read the story from only Female A’s POV. At least then the suspense would still be intact.
My point is I really do not like it when POV 1 sets up this suspense and mystery of the unknown and we as readers are compelled to ask why, so we continue reading to see what happens. It’s exciting, it may be thrilling, and it’s one of the reasons we furiously turn page to page. But then POV 2 swoops in and kills that feeling by telling us outright what the answer is. There stops my furious page turning.
We would have enjoyed finding out at the same time POV 1 finds out.
I am now more knowledgeable on what books I like and have to admit I don’t find the above scenario happening at all when it comes to multiple POV’s, which is great. The most probable answer is that the stories I now read don’t have insta-love or the romance develops throughout the story, not before the story. But even so, I have gotten into the habit of preparing myself for the disappointment just in case the above does happen.
So that is why I used to hate reading books with multiple points of views. Now though, I know the beauty and the intense excitement this style can create.
I can now appreciate multiple points of views and personally I have grown to love it.
Have you found yourself growing and learning about what you like and don’t like when it comes to the writing style in books?