Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

The writing process, writing advice, and updates on your work in progress
Post Reply
writermorris
Posts: 33
Joined: May 4th, 2010, 3:12 pm
Contact:

Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by writermorris » July 21st, 2010, 9:53 am

I'm looking for a very specific kind of multiple POV book: one with really fluid changes in who "holds the camera."

I've read plenty of books where the perspective shifts from one chapter to another or where perspective shifts are marked by breaks in the text. This is not what I am looking for right now. What I'm trying to find are books where the perspective changes mid-scene or in otherwise fluid ways.

My WIP has multiple POVs and I am currently working on tightening the perspectives. That said, I still want to maintain fluidity to jump from one character's mind to another in a given conversation. But I'm worried that this can't be done well.

Just looking for some proof that I am not trying to do the impossible.

Thanks!
writermorris
writermorris.blogspot.com

User avatar
steve
Posts: 203
Joined: June 26th, 2010, 12:09 am
Location: Web City
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by steve » July 21st, 2010, 10:22 am

"The Great Fire" by Shirley Hazzard
Read one of the best stories by Borges.

Callum
Posts: 20
Joined: July 20th, 2010, 11:21 am
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by Callum » July 21st, 2010, 11:43 am

Hmm, Joe Abercrombie's "The First Law" Trilogy has several main characters that have their POV's used. Each Chapter has a different character's POV, which I found pretty neat and sometimes the POV changes mid-flow.
My Blog. Please follow!
Knock, Knock. Who's there? Me. I kill you.

User avatar
cheekychook
Posts: 685
Joined: May 26th, 2010, 8:35 pm
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by cheekychook » July 21st, 2010, 1:10 pm

Ann Patchett's Bel Canto. I knew I'd think of it eventually! Modern day omniscient that is considered well done and not accused of being out-dated or head hopping.
Image
http://www.karenstivali.com

Passionate Plume 1st Place Winner 2012 - ALWAYS YOU
Published with Ellora's Cave, Turquoise Morning Press & Samhain Publishing

sooper
Posts: 11
Joined: December 12th, 2009, 8:05 pm
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by sooper » July 22nd, 2010, 1:55 am

Cum Laude by Cecily Von Zeigesar. (though I found it distracting.)

Sommer Leigh
Moderator
Posts: 1624
Joined: April 2nd, 2010, 11:07 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by Sommer Leigh » July 22nd, 2010, 8:41 am

I'd like to second Ann Patchett's Bel Canto. One of my favorite books, it's so well done. There are a ton of points of view in this book.

I'm reading The Passage right now by Justin Cronin and I'm not finished with it but it has jumped between POVs pretty well.
May the word counts be ever in your favor. http://www.sommerleigh.com
Be nice, or I get out the Tesla cannon.

User avatar
CharleeVale
Posts: 553
Joined: December 8th, 2009, 3:16 am
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by CharleeVale » July 22nd, 2010, 1:31 pm

I have to say this is not my favorite style, cause to me it seems more awkward than breaking the text. But the 'Song of the Lioness' series by Tamora Pierce I would say does it fairly well.

CV

mfreivald
Posts: 55
Joined: June 18th, 2010, 11:59 pm
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by mfreivald » July 22nd, 2010, 3:50 pm

Toni Morrison in Beloved does the best at multiple POVs I've read, I think. It's a bizarro read, but it's a nobel prize winner, too.

P.G. Wodehouse does it all the time in his books, and sometimes it works great, sometimes not. He switches POV at a much greater frequency than most I've read.

User avatar
JustineDell
Posts: 293
Joined: January 15th, 2010, 11:38 am
Location: Indiana
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by JustineDell » July 22nd, 2010, 5:15 pm

I guess it depends what you like. I just finished Nora Roberts Three Sisters Island Trilogy and The Circle Trilogy and in all six books she jumps from 4-6 POV's. And she does it well ;-)

Good luck!

~JD

http://www.justine-dell.blogspot.com/

"Three things in life that, once gone, never return; Time, Words, & Opportunity"

User avatar
cheekychook
Posts: 685
Joined: May 26th, 2010, 8:35 pm
Contact:

Re: Can you suggest good books with multiple POVs?

Post by cheekychook » July 22nd, 2010, 6:15 pm

Nora Roberts and Judith McNaught are the reigning Queens of head hopping---they do it well, and often, and their fans love it....but people who hate head hopping can't stand their books. There is a way to do it well, but some folks still won't like it.
Image
http://www.karenstivali.com

Passionate Plume 1st Place Winner 2012 - ALWAYS YOU
Published with Ellora's Cave, Turquoise Morning Press & Samhain Publishing

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 2 guests