Why I Love Multiple POVs in Books // & A Few of My Favorites!

One of my most favorite things ever is multiple perspectives in books.

It just makes me so happy to read from different characters and get to see what they’re all thinking. πŸ™‚ Every single time I find a book with multiple perspectives, I get really excited. So, today I’m going to be talking about why I love it so much!

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As a side note, I just realized that lately I’ve been doing a lot of “Why I Love ___ ” posts, and that was a complete accident. Oh well.Β I didn’t mean to do so many of these in a row, but I guess I just love to discuss books too much. XD

And also, this post was partially inspired by the discussion in Carol’s review ofΒ Wonder, so be sure and go check out that post. πŸ˜‰ (I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a long time, but when I read her review, it inspired me to actually do it!)

So, without further procrastination, let us begin!

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1. It creates a more well-rounded story

You get to hear from everyone- or at least, from more than one character.

And it’s not like third person, where you see the actions and a few thoughts from multiple characters. You get to dive into the brains of the characters!

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I think it overall creates a more well-rounded story when you’re able to see all the thoughts of the characters- it definitely enhances the reading experience for me.

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2. The characters can be more developed

I LOVE KNOWING CHARACTERS.

Characters are the best! They’re imaginary practically real people that you get to read about and know everything about! And you can love them or hate them and they don’t care either way. They’re lots of fun.

Of course, the main characters are the ones we always chat about, for good reason. But you know, I also love minor characters…and sometimes I wish I knew more about them.

Multiple POVs offers me that! It lets me see more about the characters- they’re more developed and I get to know them much better. And for that, I love multiple POV.

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3. I’m usually more attached to the story

As I said above,Β it’s all about the characters.Β If I love the characters, I’m much more likely to love the story.

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Once I fall in love with the characters, I’m a goner. Even if the story isn’t the best, don’t I have to keep reading to see what happens to my precious babies? WHY do I sound like the gollum, help. Yes, of course I have to keep reading.

Hence another reason why I reread…TO REVISIT MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS, o’ course. I (and probably most Potterheads) would willingly read a book with absolutely no action or plot, just to see my Harry Potter characters reunited. Who else would? Or is that just me?

Since I get to know the characters much better in books with multiple POVs, I end up getting much more attached to the story in the long run.

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4. You see the other side of the spectrum

Almost every book I can think of is written from the protagonist’s perspective.

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It seems obvious, right? Of course you want to read from the good guy’s perspective. But once in a while, I also want to hear the thoughts of the bad guy.

I LOVE hearing the protagonist’s side of the story. What are their motives? What happened in their past to make them this way?Β You know, like Elphaba in Wicked. Why are theyΒ really the way they are?

Not only in books, but in life, it’s important to know all sides of the story. To truly dislike a character (or person), you need to understand them and understand why they’re the antagonist in the story.

Multiple perspectives offers the opportunity to understand the antagonist, and I love that feature so much. I wish it was present in books more often! Can I just have a companion Harry Potter series written from Voldemort’s perspective, please and thank you.

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5. It keeps me interested

Some of the books I read are quite long. Yes, I love long books, but yes, I can also get bored quite easily?? And distracted…if I look for a bookmark, I’ll end up cleaning out my entire desk before I remember I was reading.

So, changing up the perspective keeps me engaged. I’m much more interested when something new is always happening. I’m kept on my toes and I have to pay attention or else I’ll be severely confused.

Multiple POVs and I, we are the perfect match.

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And Now, a Few of My Favorites

And what would this post be if I didn’t share a few of my favorite multiple POV books? I actually haven’t read too many (I hope to change that), but I thought I’d mention the few that IΒ have read. πŸ™‚

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Many of these are MG and I haven’t read them in a while, but I remember loving them! I was looking at my bookshelf to find books with multiple POVs, so I’m sure I’ve read others too that I just couldn’t remember. I can’t wait to read more!

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What are your thoughts on multiple POVs? Do you like it, or not? And what books have you read with multiple POVs? I’d love to chat with you in the comments!

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P.S. Now that it’s officially summer (for me), I’m starting my summer blogging schedule! So get ready for posts every Monday and Thursday, yay!

Photo byΒ Aaron BurdenΒ onΒ UnsplashΒ >> credits to the amazing photographer who took the picture I used in my featured image!

 

 

 

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37 thoughts on “Why I Love Multiple POVs in Books // & A Few of My Favorites!

  1. I like multiple POV’s, but sometimes I find that if there are too many they can get quite overwhelming? However, when its done right its so great! I recently just finished the Six of Crows duology, which had multiple POV’s and loved it! IT was done really well. Personally I prefer third person for multiple POV’s though? Not sure why though, just a personal preference. Lovely post! πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, that makes sense! I see your point, it can get a little overwhelming to be reading from SO many characters at once. πŸ™‚ Also, I’ve been really wanting to read the Six of Crows books, so this just made me even more excited to do so! I didn’t know they were multiple POVs. Thank you so much for your comment, Kristin!

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  2. KNOWING CHARACTERS IS THE BEST. Yep, I agree- you can’t make a good judgment call on something without knowing both sides of the story. Ooh, I’ve read all of those except for Because You’ll Never Meet Me and Salt to the Sea! I loved Gifted (I didn’t think the second one was that good though) and Every Soul a Star (that book is the reason I REALLY want to see a solar eclipse). Hm, I’m good with multiple POVs unless I don’t like all the characters the same amount and one has a more interesting plot line that the other. A book with multiple persepectives that I love is The Swap!

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    • YES, YES IT IS. *nods fervently*
      Oh, I highly recommend Salt to the Sea and Because You’ll Never Meet Me! They’re both really good. I didn’t know there was a sequel to Ungifted, I need to go find that right now. XD And I also need to reread Every Soul a Star, because it just feels like a summer book to me, ya know?
      That’s a very good point- sometimes I find myself wishing to be reading from the POV of the most “interesting” character, and that’s not good.
      I’ve never heard of The Swap- I must go find it on Goodreads now! Thanks for the recommendations, and for your comment πŸ™‚

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      • Okay, got it! I see on goodreads that Because You’ll Never Meet Me has a sequel too- is it good too? Yes, there is! It follows the genius kid that got kicked out at the end of Ungifted (I hope nobody else reads this comment). I agree! It feels like a unique summer camp book.
        Yep, me too. When that happens to me, I end up skimming through the other point of views.
        It’s good! You’re welcome. :))

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  3. This is a wonderful post, Olivia! ❀

    I enjoy both single POV and multiple POV books, but I agree that the latter can make a story more well-rounded in some cases. And my favorite book (series) with multiple point of views would be Six of Crows! πŸ™‚

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  4. Anything that brings our precious trio back together is fine by me. Even the interesting first chapter I read of the Cursed Child. And YES Voldy’s pov would have been awesome – “Dang it – the ginger and the smart one are here again. I thought it was gonna be one on – NO the headmaster is here! He has all this help, that SO isn’t fair.” Who am I kidding, I would pay good money to read that.

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    • AGREED. Except, I didn’t like The Cursed Child, but the parts with Harry-Ron-Hermione together were bearable. πŸ˜‰ HAHAHA, that was perfect, Catharine, I love “ginger and the smart one,” because honestly can we imagine Voldemort knowing the names of Ron and Hermione? I would pay money to read it, too- thank you for the comment!

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  5. I LOVE multiple POV’s, too! Six of Crows and the Heroes of Olympus are probably my fav example. And I just can’t help but write multiple POV in my own books, haha! Each time I start a book, I *think* it’s going to just be from one character’s POV. Then I start writing and add in a second POV!

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    • Yes! Heroes of Olympus is just amazing (except for in the first book when all I wanted was to hear Percy talk XD), and I really need to read Six of Crows soon. πŸ™‚ I always end up writing multiple POVs in my writing, too! It’s just so interesting and a good way to get rid of writer’s block for me personally. Thank you for reading, Elizabeth!

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  6. I love novels with multiple point of views too! I’m actually trying to write one! I think seeing everybody’s different feelings and takes on the same event is so helpful to the overall plot line…don’t you?

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  7. I do love multiple POVs, but most of the time if a book only has one POV I’m not bothered by it. It rarely happens that I wish I could’ve read the story from the other characters’ POV (like with the second Trials of Apollo book – I really would’ve liked to read from Leo and Calypso’s POV). When there are multiple POVs it’s a lot of fun though πŸ˜€ Heroes of Olympus is one of my favourites as well, but The Lunar Chronicles also comes to mind πŸ™‚

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    • Same here! I don’t mind reading single POVs, I just especially enjoy multiples. πŸ˜‰ Ooh, I haven’t gotten to reading the second Trials of Apollo book yet, but it has Leo and Calypo?? YAY I LOVE THEM DEARLY. Oh, I forgot about The Lunar Chronicles, it’s been a while since I read them. Thank you for your comment! πŸ™‚

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  8. I love multiple POVs and you basically summed up all the reasons why. The story is more intricate and usually more involved, and if you get a pov from an antagonist thats 100% more depth right there. And more povs mean more adventure and action which is always a plus! Great post!!

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  9. School stories do well with multiple POV. I also love getting into the mind of the “bully” or “bad kid” to find out their softer side. Gordon Korman’s Restart does this well.

    I would also add Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. Again you get the perspective of the different classmates.

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  10. Lovely post, Olivia! I have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of multiple POV, at first… but then, I started reading more and more and these kind of books really grew on me. I love knowing more characters more deeply, too! Also, I didn’t know you read Because You’ll Never Meet Me – that was SUCH a great (and surprising!) book! πŸ˜€

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  11. I love this discussion, and I agree a lot! I love multi-POVs / dual POVs better than single POVs (I mean I’m fine with either but I always like single POVs a little less!). I really really love the aspect of getting to know the characters better — and I think they definitely can be more developed! Great discussion, Olivia! ❀

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  12. Amazing post!! I totally agree with you, having multiple points of view develops the characters so well! It’s also great when we get to see the same event but in different perspectives. And ahh I loved Wonder too!! It’s such a great book, have you watched the movie?
    I just discovered your blog and I’m so glad I did, it’s awesome and well organized! 😊

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