I feel like some books have schizophrenia. Too many stories to follow, meaning you are in at least 4 to sometimes 8 peoples heads. Who’s story is this?
Has anyone else heard the rule no more then 3 peoples POV’s per story? Maybe this is a rule someone made up to drive people like me bonkers, because I can’t forget it. My manuscripts usually have 2 POV’s. The hero and herioine. I feel like it helps the reader connect with the main characters. But I am reading a book that has 5 POV’s. 4 of which I am fine with, but the 5th just seems superfluous. Why do I need to be in the daughters head?
I feel like once you start getting away from the main characters the story’s owner gets lost. Who is this story really about. The author that has inspired this post is well established and is pulling it off okay, but there have been some books with too many POV’s. I got lost. I couldn’t keep one character from another straight. Maybe the largest issue with that typically accomplishes this phenomena is that her characters weren’t well defined that they could stand out. And i don’t mean well defined as in, hair color and shape of her nose. I mean, the characters personalities weren’t different enough to make me realize they were separate people.
I love to write with two POV’s. I hope others enjoy it too. But when are there too many and how do you help the reader follow? Do you think mind jumping into more then 3 is smart or just for the established author who has apparently decided to break every known rule out there?