In her last Your Turn post, Lizzie raised the interesting question of which point of view readers prefer, and it led to some fun discussion (if you missed it, check it out here). Today, I want to ponder a related topic...
I'm in the midst of reading the second book in a series. The first novel was almost exclusively told from one character's POV, but while that character is still the primary POV in the sequel, quite a few chapters are told from another character's perspective. I understand the necessity for the shift based on the direction the events have taken, but I'm not enjoying this book as much as the first. There are certainly additional factors at work, but I think a big part of it is that I'm not as engrossed in the story because of all the jumps into this other character's mind, whose voice I don't enjoy nearly as much. Books written from multiple POVs can definitely be very well-done, but the change in this series has made me realize that I prefer stories told from one character's POV because it allows me to really experience the events and emotions fully connected with that one character.
So how about YOU? Do you have a preference between stories told from one character's POV versus multiple characters' perspectives? If you enjoy multiple POVs, is there a point at which too many characters' perspectives have been introduced? If you're a writer, which approach do you tend to use?
Thanks for reading!