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  • Mixing Limited and Omniscient POVs

    Posted by Mick Steeper on 27 October 2023 at 14:31

    Is it OK to use both limited and omniscient third person POVs in the same book?

    My work-in-progress has a protagonist and her ancestor as the only characters whose POVs I want to use (limited third in each case – so that they can observe events closely and reveal their thoughts while overlooking the significance of certain details). In addition to these two distinct character arcs, however, there are some consequential events between the ancestor’s death and the protagonist’s birth, so neither of my two main characters can witness them. Would it seem artificial if I just used omniscient third to depict those events?

    Can anyone think of a book where this is done successfully? I haven’t found a clear-cut example.

    (I’ve already tried using a dual first person treatment as an alternative, incidentally. It doesn’t feel right for the dead ancestor in particular).

    Mick Steeper replied 3 months, 3 weeks ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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