Feature and Follow Friday (10)

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Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

Let’s see.  Well, I’m not really a huge fan of alternating POVs.  There are some exceptions, but generally they are not my favorite.  One book in particular that used alternating POVs that I didn’t really care for was

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
This book not only has alternating POVs, but one character’s chapters are first person, and the other character’s chapters are told in third person.  I really didn’t like this, and it was kind of jarring jumping from one chapter that was written in first person to the next chapter in third person.  Not a fan.

What do you guys think of these types of books?

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19 Responses to Feature and Follow Friday (10)

  1. Hopping through. Switching between first and third person is very odd. I think it would annoy me.
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  2. Liesel Hill says:

    I’m not a fan of that, either. Good one! My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! 😀

  3. Jessica says:

    Old follower here. 🙂 I don’t mind alternating points of view; they add different perspectives to the story and events. I’m currently reading “A Game of Thrones,” which has a -lot- of different people the third person limited perspective focuses on.

  4. Alyssa says:

    I can see how that would annoy some people. I prefer the alternating pov’s. I think it makes the story more complete.


  5. That’s so weird that one chapter is in 1st person and the other is in third. I’ve never run into that before.

  6. Rinn says:

    I like POVs, but that’s really odd with the changing perspective =/ Make them all first, or all third, but not a mix!
    Rinn (My FF)

  7. There is this book – Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne that has handled switching 1st person PoV with 3d person really beautifully.
    I haven’t read Of Poseidon because of the generally lackluster reviews
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  8. Thinking Cat says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever read something where the alternating POVs were also in different perspectives – that sounds really annoying! Thanks for stopping by, following back!

  9. Anya says:

    I’m reading Mark of the Witch currently which also jumps from first to third, so you probably wouldn’t like it 😉

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  10. I haven’t read this one, but I can relate. The author has to have a good hand and a good reason to change POVs for it to work.

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  11. Sabina says:

    That would be annoying! I think I have read a book that did that, but I can’t remember which one it was.

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  12. I know what you mean. I actually enjoy changing POV’s, but ONLY when it’s done correctly. Sometimes it just gets confusing and makes it frustrating for the reader to follow along with the story.

  13. You know,I’ve never encountered a book where it switches not just pov but from 1st person to 3rd person. I can see that totally driving me nuts! I’m a little disappointed that Of Poseidon is written like that…I’ll be moving it down my reading list now! Sounds too frustrating LOL Anyways, thanks for sharing and for stopping by my FFF New follower via Twitter.

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  14. Haha same here! I love how so many people put this answer it makes me feel validated lol. 🙂

  15. Kelly says:

    I love alternating POVs, but I hate it when (as you mentioned) one character is told in first person, another in third, etc. If I’m jumping from character to character, I at least want that to stay consistent, otherwise it disrupts the flow.

  16. I’ve read several alternating POV books (‘The Scorpio Races’ and ‘Across the Universe’) which were well handled. There’s a few that I flipped through (can’t remember the names) which I ended up putting down, because it basically told each scene twice. Seriously, I don’t want to be subjected to that. The alternating POV needs to be used when each character brings a very unique perspective and different information necessary to the story. When it works, it’s fun to read, but when it doesn’t… *sigh*

  17. Ariel Avalon says:

    I saw this book used a lot this week and I think I am the only person on the planet who didn’t notice the POVs until someone mentioned it. I knew something felt off but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

    Old follower

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