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Throwdown Thursdays: Single vs Alternating vs Multiple POV

Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

In January, I announced that I was taking Throwdown Thursdays–an original feature on my blog–to the meme-leagues by making it a monthly meme others could join in on.  The idea is I select two combatants and the blogger is the one who decides who wins. This can be done through a series of three rounds or my listing the pros/cons or however they see fit. Then, we all publish our posts on the last Thursday of the month and see what everyone else selected as the winner.

If you participated, please add your link to the linky below!


Single POV vs Alternating POV vs Multiple POV

 

I was inspired to make this duel thanks to the earlier Throwdown Thursday topic of First Person POV vs Third Person POV. I’ve never really gave this much conscious thought besides the little factoid I fill in when I do reviews on my blog–meaning it isn’t criteria that I use when picking what book to read next. A majority of the time, I don’t even know if the book is in third or first person, let alone how many POV I get.

I know when I posted the topic for this month’s Throwdown, I didn’t add “Multiple” but since I create this meme every month, I figured I have the creative licence to do so. I’m also forgoing my usually rounds, and instead have listed my pros and cons of each POV type.

POV 1: Single Character

  • PROS:
    • usually stronger character development of protagonist
    • other characters & their motives remain a mystery
    • fosters a stronger connection to the main character
  • CONS:
    • can dampen other characters’ development
    • hard to make connections with other characters due to “lens” of narrator
    • if you find the narrator annoying or boring, you’re stuck with them!
  • IDEAL STORY TYPE:
    • mysteries / suspense novels
    • when there are mysterious love interests
  • FAVOURITE SINGLE POV STORIES:

Find More: First Person, Single POV  |  Third Person, Single POV

POV2: Alternating Characters

  • PROS:
    • usually stronger character development of love interests
    • get both sides of the story / different perspectives
    • faster plot lines; more interesting
    • if you don’t like one character/narrator, you might like the other
  • CONS:
    • can lose sense of mystery
    • one character may seem more developed than other
  • IDEAL STORY TYPE:
    • romances
    • stories with antagonists
  • FAVOURITE SINGLE POV STORIES:

Find More: First Person, Alternating POV  |  Third Person, Alternating POV

POV 3: Multiple Characters

  • PROS:
    • get both sides of the story / different perspectives
    • faster plot lines; more interesting
    • if you don’t like one character/narrator, you might like the other
    • better world-building
  • CONS:
    • can be overwhelming
    • may not like majority of character
    • can get bored with other characters’ storylines
  • IDEAL STORY TYPE:
    • fantasy novels
    • suspense novels
    • historical romances
  • FAVOURITE SINGLE POV STORIES:

Find More: First Person, Multiple POV  |  Third Person, Alternating POV

Ultimate Winner: Depends on the Genre

Final Comments: For me, it all comes down to the story type. I’ve noticed recently that it is weird for my to read New Adult romances that only have one character’s POV–I’m so used to get both love interests perspectives (alternating POVs) that it is weird not to at times. I also love a lot of things happening in my stories and often that requires multiple POVs. Then again, sometimes wish I was a left a little in the dark when it comes to certain characters and their “secrets”–not everything needs to be revealed right from the get-go.

What are your thoughts?

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Next Time: Werewolves vs Vampires

Throwdown Thursday: First Person POV vs Third Person POV

Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

In January, I announced that I was taking Throwdown Thursdays–an original feature on my blog–to the meme-leagues by making it a monthly meme others could join in on.  The idea is I select two combatants and the blogger is the one who decides who wins. This can be done through a series of three rounds or my listing the pros/cons or however they see fit. Then, we all publish our posts on the last Thursday of the month and see what everyone else selected as the winner.

If you participated, please add your link to the linky below!

First Person POV vs Third Person POV

I have friends who will only read books that use the “I” narrative while others are equal opportunists. What do I prefer? Time to find out!

Round 1: Reading Flow

One Person’s Thoughts at a Time vs Observer Narration

Which is easier to follow as a reader?

I could write a long, rambling post but I’m going to keep it simple: First Person POVs are way easier for me to follow. When a person is narrating their own actions, it is so much easier to figure who is who and get the scene created in your mind. Rarely are you left trying to figure out who the “he” or “she” is in the description.

Third Person POVs often leave me a little confused. You get too many pronouns out there and it just becomes a mess.

Winner: First Person. Keep it simple is what I say.

First Person POV: 1 | Third Person POV: 0

Round 2: Mystery

Inside Their Mind vs Outsider Looking In

Some stories are told better than others.

I’m going to use two examples to help explain my point that sometimes, a little mystery is a good thing.

In Black Iris, (first person POV), having the narrator leave out certain bits and pieces made it hard to follow what was happening at times. I felt like she was being purposely deceptive because we were in her “mind”–so to speak–but she didn’t want to reveal the big “twist”. Which is totally fair, I just found it hard to be essentially “lied” to for most of the book–but c’est la vie with unreliable narrators.

Whereas in the Rook (third person POV), the external narrator kept the mystery alive. Because you aren’t seeing directly into the thoughts of the character as they tell their story, you don’t get the full details. Ignorance is bliss in this case and for some stories it is a great asset.

Winner: Third Person POV. There is a difference between purposely leaving information out and not having it available which is why I prefer the third person POV when it comes to mystery.

First Person POV: 1 | Third Person POV: 1

Round 3: Connection to the Characters

 Seeing it Through Their Eyes vs Watching From Afar

Do you feel closer or further away from the characters?

In the same breath, the mystery the Third Person POV provides can be detrimental when it comes to connecting with the characters. The only way I can think to describe it is that it is like watching a movie. You see the characters go through the motions instead of “experiencing” it and all the emotions that come with it for yourself.

That isn’t to say you can’t connect with the characters (the movie Inside Out is basically my life story so I easily connect with it) but I think it is easier to connect with characters when their every thought or feeling is conveyed to your through their own personal narration as you read.

Winner: First Person POV. When I read the “I” narration, I can easily put myself in their shoes than when I read a third person narration.

First Person POV: 2 | Third Person POV: 1

Ultimate Winner: First Person

Final Comments: As a whole, I feel a lot more comfortable with First Person narrations than I do third person. I suppose it is just a result of the genres I mostly read (NA contemporary and YA) and their preferred method. I’m definitely not opposed to Third Person POV but they seem like such an oddity in my everyday reads.

I know that it is a big deal for lots of readers which is why I list the narration style in all my reviews and tag my posts accordingly.

What are your thoughts?

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Next Time: Young Adult Genre vs New Adult Genre

Throwdown Thursday Meme Begins Today! Paperbacks vs Hardcovers

Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

Late last month, I announced that I was taking Throwdown Thursdays–an original feature on my blog–to the meme-leagues by making it a monthly meme others could join in on.  The idea is I select two combatants and the blogger is the one who decides who wins. This can be done through a series of three rounds or my listing the pros/cons or however they see fit. Then, we all post our posts on the last Thursday of the month and see what everyone else selected as the winner.

If you participated, please add your link to the linky below!

Paperbacks vs Hardcovers

Round 1: Durability

Flimsy, Glossy Paper vs Reinforced Cardboard

Which holds up better against the elements of reading?

I’m the type of person who HATES when her books get ruined. I have nothing against a well loved book–I get that a cracked spine and a fraying cover show that has been read many times–but there is nothing better than a book in its pristine condition; especially when it is on your bookshelf.

I also tote my books everywhere when I am reading them. I shove them in my purse or backpack so that I can pull them out whenever I get the chance. So it is inevitable that they get jostled around and it never fails to show–specifically on my paperbacks. They look like my dog chewed them or a small child took a bite out of the delectable cover. Yuck!

Winner: Hardcover. I love slipping off that dust cover and letting that hard cardboard protect my precious pages as I proceed to carry the book all over the city.

Paperback: 0 | Hardcover: 1

Round 2: hold-ability

Lighter, Bendable Cover vs Heavier, Ridged Cover

What’s a girl with small hands to do?

My hands are freakishly small. It’s actually a struggle because I have to wear gloves on a regular basis because I work with bio-hazardous material in the lab on an everyday basis. I have the palm size of a medium and a finger length of a small glove–ugh.

Regardless, I find it really hard to read hardcover books because my hands just can’t hold them up. It doesn’t help that I am so use to my eReader and can hold it easily in one hand either. They dwarf my hands and tire my arms. Tough I would love to simultaneously get an arm workout while I read, when you read for hours on end like I do, it gets to be a little painful.

Winner: Paperback. Their lighter covers that I can easily bend to get that perfect grip are ideal. While I hate the idea of bending a book, sometimes, for the sake of comfort, a sacrifice needs to be made.

Paperback: 1 | Hardcover: 1

Round 3: overall APPEARANCE

 Glossy vs Dust Cover

What looks better on your shelf?

I don’t buy many physical books any more, I’m almost entirely an eReader now, but when I do, I have to say I am partial to hardcovers. When completing my collections, I usually opt for the slightly more expensive hardcovers because I like how they look on my bookshelf. It also goes two-fold with the durability as well. I don’t want to ruin these books I own as I read them and tote them around.

HOWEVER, paperbacks are slightly winning me over. Have you seen the re-branding of the Mortal Instruments Series? The spine art for those books is AMAZING! I was totally set on buying the hardcovers for my collection but these guys have me reevaluating that!

Winner: Hardcover. This one is a close one and I think it maybe one that changes over the next few years as book marketing becomes even bigger!

Paperback: 1 | Hardcover: 2

Ultimate Winner: Hardcovers

Final Comments: While they may not be my favourite to read with, they are my favourite to look at and I like that it takes a lot to wreck them. I suppose I am a little vain like that.

What are your thoughts? Do you want to participate?

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Next Time: First Person POV vs Third Person POV

Throwdown Thursdays to Become Monthly Meme! Join the Fun!

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As some of you may or may not know, I used to have a monthly feature on my blog called Throwdown Thursdays. The idea was that once a month I would put two similar things together to see who would win after three rounds. I thought this year I might try to do it as a seasonal feature but then inspiration struck during a Blog Hop Party (BHPChat) on Twitter at the end of January.

The question was:

And my response was:

I always thought it would be cool if this feature become something other people joined in on, but I honestly never thought about doing anything about it. But the beautiful thing I have learned from the internet is: build it and they will may come.

So we’ll see how this goes!

My Vision:

What is it?

No matter what happens, similar things are always compared–Pepsi or Coke, limes or lemons– but EVERYONE has a preference and I want to know what yours is!

How does it Work?

Each month, there will be two pre-selected combatants of sorts who will have to battle it out. They will be general themes–like two books series or two blogging themes or two genres–but anything goes really. I give you the topic but you decide how a winner will be chosen through a series of 3 rounds to be determined by you. What those rounds are can be anything from characters to plot twists to how the books smell–anything goes! In short:

I pick the 2 Opponents prior to the posting date YOU pick the 3 Rounds and choose your winner

Post and Link back to my monthly post

If you are confused or need some inspiration, check out my previous posts. You can honestly set them up however you want to. I’ve also added some tips on my meme homepage here.

When is this?

I want this to be a MONTHLY meme. Weekly memes are so hard to keep up with I think and what I envision for this feature requires a lot more writing than putting a few covers together or the like. I think by giving everyone a month, they can create amazing posts and really have time to think about what they want to write. Posts would go up on the last Thursday of every month.

Where do I find out the topics and the posting dates?

I have dedicated a whole page to this feature so you can write your posts well in advance. You can find it here!

When is the first Posting?

Right now, I would love to have posts go live on Thursday, February 5th, 2016 for the topic: Paperbacks vs Hardcovers.

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Is this something you would be interested in? I would love for you to join in on the fun!

You can check out my blog page for future topics and for more information. I’d love to hear any comments/feedback/suggestions so please drop me a comment below!