Guest Post: What Is The Best Point Of View? By M. C. V. Egan
As writers we have choices in the narrative point of view. This perspective, this window we give our readers and decide how they see the story and how much they get to know. In several writing workshops I attended recently much ado was made about the importance of POV. Especially that the narrative had to be from a specific Point Of View, like Katniss in the popular Hunger Games a narrative that limits us or empowers us as much as the character through which we see the story.
I miss old school novels with an omniscient narrator that allows the reader to see every perspective and then some. It is such a pity that this form of narrative seems to have no place in the 21st Century novel.
I love the way this type of all-knowing voice holds the readers hand and navigates through the story it is sharing with us.
As a reader it makes me feel like I am flying and can see it all from an amazing perspective, in a way we cannot really see the stories right in front of us.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
English novelist (1812 – 1870)
As a writer we can get the ultimate rush of creating the all-seeing narrator. A story from every single point of view, know what everyone is thinking and pull the rug out from under any character we desire.
Yes, Yes as a writer you are still the creator even if the point of view is your main character, tackling, observing conquering. That however takes away some of your power as the very creator of the story.
It strikes me as most Ironic that in an era when there is so much communication, where we can ‘see’ so much about anyone and everyone the omniscience voice is not in style.
We could have secret cameras everywhere and perhaps listening devices that could read one’s thought; such a shame I do not write Sci-fi!
In literature all trends of style and voice should be timeless. Why not? Need a writer succumb to the whim of what is popular? Should a wordsmith craft the trade for the sake of writing or for the dream of success?
On August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. Here is a conceivable version of the events.
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M.C.V. Egan is fluent in four languages, Spanish, English, French and Swedish. She lives in Delray Beach, Florida with her husband and teenage son.
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