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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

Question of the Week: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

The narrative trick that bothers me most is when authors use multiple first-person narrators within the same chapter or scene. It's a lazy, awkward means of story telling, putting the reader inside every head, and sharing every thought. There's no mystery to the story, and no art to the telling of it. Not to mention, it can get really confusing, really fast, especially when the POV shifts back and forth between the characters.

Parajunkee also hosts a Social Hop for Facebook and Twitter, which I regularly take part in. So, if you're one of those people who aren't on Blogger, or who just don't like Google Friend Connect, it's a great way to keep in touch and follow one another.

20 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, that can be annoying. Too many first person points of view without any indicator of who is speaking can make for a confusing novel!

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  2. Hopping through. I think multiple points of view have to be handled very carefully. It can go very bad.
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  3. Hi there! Just hopping through! Good answer!

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  4. I hadn't thought about it. I haven't come across this particular device too often, luckily. You have a good point though.

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  5. Totally agree! At least break it by chapter. Sometimes it can be distracting and confusing if not implemented well! old follower :)

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  6. I know, right! If it's just two POVs explaining the same scene, it's cool. But multiple POVs are so annoying!

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  7. That is annoying! I don't usually like third person narrative, but I couldn't stand a first person multiple protagonist narrative! I want an escape not a lobotomy! ;)
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  8. Old follower =)
    That is awkward! It needs to be clear when the character changes - some authors can manage it because they effectively write the different characters in different ways. But it's definitely a tricky one to pull off.
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  9. Yes! This! That drives me insane. I can't stand it!

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  10. I love first person POV! What really makes me irk is that there are multiple third person POV in one chapter. It's actually kind of similar to your situation, just that I hate third person view and you hate first person view. I think it's not too crazy as long as the author put down the name of the narrator before going on with the chapter. Of course opening a new chapter would be better ;)

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  11. Which book did you mean by this? Multiple 1st person Pov within a chapter? Sounds like one I'd like to keep away from!!
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  12. New follower here! I agree with you. I don't mind multiple first-person point of view when split by chapters but when there's no clear delineation between them it's just confusing and distracting from the story.
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  13. Blogging by, good answer.

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  14. Hi!
    I totally agree, multiple pov within the same chapter would be choppy and confusing. Good thing I haven't read many, if any books like this.
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  15. Although I agree, I think that at times it can be used very effectively.
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  16. Although I agree, I think that at times it can be used very effectively.
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  17. I agree with you! I hate it when there are too many POVs. I usually get mixed up and have to backtrack in order to know what's happening.
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  18. Yes that can be annoying.

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  19. That was one of my "issues" when I began reading books written in "First Person". Thankfully, I found authors who have done a great job with that writing style so I don't get irritated :) Otherwise, i just can't do it!!

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  20. Not sure if I've ever seen my pet peeve in a published novel, but it bugs me when folks try it - writing in second person POV. The theory is it is more immersive, to me it's just plain distracting.

    Present tense comes a close second.

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