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Multiple First Person POV?

I have one very important lingering question that I REALLY need to figure out before NaNo begins.

Does multiple first person POV work and can I pull it off well?

I originally planned for the entire novel to be told in first person from the male MC's perspective. However, during my outlining and scheming I've started running into areas where I think it would be much more interesting from my female MC's POV. So I started thinking... can I do both? Would it take away from the story to switch between them?

Anyone willing to offer their opinion on this? I can only think of one book I've read that had two characters narrating in first person. It worked for that book, but it was several books into a series and I already had a strong feel for the characters. So I'm just not sure.

Any thoughts?

4 comments:

Beckie said...

I just finished Phillipa Gregory's "The Other Queen," where there are three POV's in alternating chapters. It worked in that book. This book wasn't a series either.

Then there was Scott Westerfeld's book "The Last Days" which had (if I remember right) four POV's. I didn't like that one as well.

It can be done, though.

(H's mom)

Heather Hansen said...

I don't mind it if it's 3rd person. I'm way more critical if it's 1st. But it can be done.

PJ Hoover said...

Wow, I've never tried it, but I'd love to know how it goes!

Casey Something said...

Thanks for the input!

I just can't decide. Either way I go I think the story is going to take a loss. I just can't figure out which would be worse.