Hi bookish friends, how are you? Today I’m finally coming back with a book discussion! It’s been a while, but with holidays and some time travelling, I had a hard time writing these kind of articles. I’m back, however, with hopefully more regular discussions! I hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂
A book. It’s a story that fits in between pages, in a bag, on your shelves, in your bed. It’s a voice, a narrator, that tells us about their life, their struggles, the fantastic world he or she lives in. What’s fair, what’s unfair about it…It’s an adventure we get to follow through his or her eyes. In a matter of pages, we’re thrown into a whole new life, the narrator’s life.
Sometimes, however, we’re not seeing the world through only one person’s eyes. There are books, where chapters are split into different point of views. Whether it’s two best friends, two completely different characters whose lives will collide at some point, or even more than two people we don’t know anything about, and will struggle to find who’s talking, what’s happening, where we are. Split between those different point of views, understanding different personnalities at the same time, following the same story through different eyes… What do you think about multiple narrators in books?
“Multiple points of view definitely brings something more to a story.”
Needless to say, like anything else in this world, this writing technique has its perks and its drawbacks. Because I like to stay positive, I have to say first and foremost, that multiple points of view on a story, definitely brings something more. We get to see another side of what happens, and probably get a better picture of the whole story. This perfectly works in The 5th Wave. Where, at first, we don’t know what’s happening, and get confused by the flashbacks, the narration, the points of view, we definitely understand after some pages, that we get, thanks to this technique, a 360° view of this damaged world.
Trying to write from two (or more) different perspectives isn’t that easy, and one should know that it’s not always a winner situation. I found myself thinking, while reading some of those books, What is the point about this whole thing? Is it just for the sake of having two narrators instead of one? I really think that any story told from a dual point of view should bring something more. Whether it’s different characters, to give us a chance to get attached to at least one of them, or two show two different lives from one side of the world to another… those are only examples, but perfect situations in which I could see different point of view being used.
“We can be completely thrown off by the narration, at times.”
It’s not only in narration, that we can see the difference. It can be in letters such as in Because You’ll Never Meet Me, or in journal entries like in Vanishing Girls. This last example allows me to jump to my last idea. Multiple narrators can completely throw us off, sometimes. And I think this can be good. Take us out of the usual reading journey. By allowing us into different characters’ mind, by making us wonder what is happening. By letting us know two sides of a story, or making us grasp a whole world completely.
What do you think about these kind of books? Do you enjoy it, or not? Why, or why not?
In which situations do you think it’s better to write from a dual (or more) perspective?
What is your favorite book told from multiple perspectives? Let me know everything in comments! 🙂