Keeping Point Of View Consistent

I’ve always thought Point of View (POV) should remain consistent. Maybe not for a whole novel or even for a chapter, but at least within a scene.

I’m reading a mystery novel that changes the POV within a scene. It’s a novel published the traditional way through a well-known publishing company. I find the POV change within a scene distracting and think it takes away from an otherwise good story.

Are the standards changing?

Anyone else have a view on this?

Thanks for reading . . .

 

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7 thoughts on “Keeping Point Of View Consistent

  1. From your description of the piece in question it sounds like someone is trying to write a screen play type scene that they would use in a movie script. Trying to show alternate views in one scene context sounds like it would interrupt the flow of the idea. I guess I would have to read it to really know though

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  2. Is it similar to the omniscient POV? It would be off-putting if the rest/bulk of the novel is written from a single person’s POV, then some scenes bounce the POV ball amongst the characters.

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  3. Too many people either don’t know basics or ignore them. Even a designer should know and understand why reading text should be a type face with serifs. So in the book about designing web sites, what is selected? (see:
    nathanbarry.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Sample-Designing-Web-Apps.pdf)

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      1. Generally sans serif typefaces are advertising/display faces sometimes used for headlines and often used for labels.

        Any text is easier to read with a typeface designed with serifs particularly as it is longer. It is also important to have the line length appropriate to the type size if you want to make it the easiest to read and not necessarily the most appealing to a designer.

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