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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:

  1. 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)

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

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

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  4. 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.

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