As a fan of Game of Thrones, I understand the perception towards multiple character points of view in books. After last week’s book club read Six of Crows Eden, Jenn and I really discussed the whole multiple POV thing. Six of Crows is one of the best examples of a book doing it right, while there are plenty of other books that demonstrate how not to go about it….
While Eden consistently stated that she dislikes multiple viewpoints through our discussions of Six of Crows (see our blog post here where she mentions it) I found myself thinking about whether I enjoy them or not… I figured out that more often than not I do enjoy seeing different viewpoints in books. I really enjoy seeing both sides of the stories and it often gives a glimpse into the lives of different characters in the world. I mean, I’m a Game of Thrones fan… I have to like multiple viewpoints, right?
While I do enjoy multiple POV, there are still some cases where I really don’t enjoy it. When the author uses the multiple POV through each chapter and leaves a huge cliff hanger at the end of each chapter. I feel like Maas got really close to overdoing it in Throne of Glass (but you know, Maas is amazing so it worked out for her…).
Anyways, what do you think about multiple viewpoints? Is it a different opinions based on the author or in general? Let us know what you think in the comments!