Different styles of multiple points of views
*Disclaimer: By ‘Multiple points of views’ I am only referring to multiple characters points of views in books.
Last week I posted Part One of this discussion series after I admited that I used to hate reading books with multiple character POV’s. This week I wanted to discuss the different styles I’ve seen of books written in multiple POV’s and what books I liked using this particular style.
There are definitely very different styles of writing stories with multiple POV’s. Every book is different and every style is written with different intentions to get the story across. I like all and every style if it’s written well. And of course every person’s personal opinion varies from what they like and don’t like.
Alternating every chapter
We have characters points of view alternating every chapter. This style feels very organised and I think takes skill as every chapter would need to end in a place that makes sense, or end with enough intrigue that the reader would feel the need to read ‘one more chapter’, and then there’s also the other side where it would need to last long enough to make a whole chapter.
As I stated in part one, I really like this style which can be seen in:
Alternating in sections
We have characters alternating points of view in sections meaning when the author wants to change the characters points of view they do.
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick and Elementals by Brigid Kemmerer
I really liked how this was done in the Elementals series by Brigid Kemmerer. I found that each book focusses on the main character that the story revolves around with the secondary main character (The love interest), getting parts and sections told in their POV so we got to see their side of life. The way this series flows worked for me, I loved it.
Changing every book until the series is complete
Then there’s the bigger change. Each book in the series changes to a different characters point of view, or perhaps in this style it is more a different characters story but set in the same world.
Elementals by Brigid Kemmerer | His Fair Assassin by Robin La Fevers | Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier | Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier | Graceling Realm by Kristin Cahsore
There are a lot of series written this way which I absolutely love (For example all of the above). Each author and each series interprets it their own way, each book and each series is different and I love it.
Elementals by Brigid Kemmerer
Elementals is written in two POV’s every book, yet each book is based around a different character in the story. We get to fall in love with all of the characters in book one and then get close and personal with each different character in another book.
The Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
The Sevenwaters series has each book centred around each new generation in their world. Each book has the same history and setting as it’s predecessors but each book centres around the last books main characters children. I liked this style because we get to see new characters, and completely new stories but they each have something familiar about them and feels like an old friend.
The Graceling Realm by Kirstin Cashore
This series is written from a different character each book, except book two, Fire, is a companion novel set before Graceling, and book three; Bitterblue is set after Graceling and brings Graceling and Fire together. This series is amazing and I feel like each book compliments the each other, as well as being a part of a bigger story which we learn about in Bitterblue.
I love this series. I love each book in it’s own way. Each book in this series is completely different yet it’s set in the same world and comes together.
That’s what I loved about the different styles of multiple points of views.
Do you lean towards a certain multiple POV style? What’s your favourite book written in each style?