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#1 Mdane

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 05:12 AM

Hi all, I have a question about crossing POV in a novel. I am writing what is primarily a first person novel, but there are pieces of information I want to display about a certain character which would otherwise be impossible. The way I would do this is in between the main paragraphs of first person, I would have a smaller paragraph (say 1000 words) of this other person, which would be in third person. Has anyone ever come across something like this? Any opinions on how it would work?

 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 06:57 AM

I have seen this done in other books -- sometimes the variation is between scenes and sometimes it is chapters.

 

It's not something I'm personally fond of, but it can work if done well.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:57 AM

I've seen this done as well but always felt it was an unnatural transition.  Is it possible to reveal this information to the main character's POV in a way that makes sense?  Or if the main character is not supposed to know these things and we are following his POV then maybe we as readers don't need to know either.  At least not right away. 



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 03:20 PM

I ran across this when I switched one of my books from 3rd person to 1st person. My recommendation is to avoid the other POV. Your first person character won't know it happened. However, it is entirely possible he or she will feel the repercussions of your other person's actions. Stick with that.


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 04:03 AM

Thanks for your replies. The situation I have is the character I need to reveal is an important character in the protagonist's old life. The protagonist believes him long dead, and will not discover him alive until the final battle, however I believe it is important for the audience to catch glimpses of this character throughout the story for a bigger emotional impact at the end. I don't believe second hand telling will do the character justice. I think I might try and run the gauntlet and go with a first person novel with very limited chapters of 3rd person. Thank you all for your advice, I appreciate it


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:23 AM

Over whose shoulder will you be in this 3rd person?  If you're planning to go from in your MC's head to over his/her shoulder---then no, I don't recommend that, regardless of how short the chapters are. It'll be a fairly transparent work-around that is bound to be more confusing than compelling.

 

However, if you are going to over this presumed-long-dead person's shoulder (as he/she sees your MC), that's been done and can work.  You may also consider going first person in this other person's head.



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 05:22 PM

I'm with Thrash. Don't do that. If this other character is that vital, use memories or perhaps dreams.


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