My Opinion Monday: Dual POV writing

Happy MLK Day to you all! I enjoyed a quiet day off and saw the movie Selma. It was a very powerful movie and I recommend it to anyone. After the movie I was sitting in a local Starbucks reflecting and reading. The book I was reading, Until You by Penelope Douglas is a re-telling of her book Bully only from another characters point of view (POV). Both books are very gritty, powerful books and I highly recommend them for 17+ (even though they are marketed as YA). But while reading it kind of got me hi king on this whole dual POV style of writing.

I prefer to read books written in 1st person. I just feel like I connect with the characters better. I used to despise when authors subjected is to multiple points of view. For example, I love the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. The first five or so books in the series were all written from Claire’s POV. Then bam, she all of a sudden switches things up and starts writing from multiple POVs, with each chapter subtitled with the character from whom the POV is written. Dual POV I CAN HANDLE, BUT Caine went too far when she threw in chapters from all of the four main characters and she lost me. I haven’t finished the series yet. I think dual POV works really well, as in Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, where it added to the story to hear from both Sydney and Ridge. I felt more connected to both of them.

There seems to be a new trend among authors lately, one that I don’t prefer – re-telling of stories from another main characters POV but in a whole new book. For example, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. In Beautiful Disaster she already used dual POV to tell the story of Abby and Travis and it worked. I am a huge fan of that book and Travis is high up on my book boyfriend list. However, I did not feel that this book was necessary at all. I’m not sure who suggests this kind of thing, be it the publisher or the author taking suggestions from fans or whatever. Making a series is almost always good, it keeps the readers coming back for more. I just feel writing the same story from another POV doesn’t work in most cases. It really seemed as though McGuire just phoned in Walking Disaster, nothing new was really given to us, the readers.

When I connect with a character or characters, I always want more. I like series with stand alone that carry characters from books to book, like the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover or The Ten Tiny Breaths series by K. A. Tucker. But, please don’t feed me the same story from another POV unless you are adding to the story. Just give me more of the characters’ journeys.

This just my opinion.