BTT: 10/3

 A Weekly Meme Hosted by Booking Through Thursday 

Which is better (or preferred) … stories with multiple character points of view? Or stories that stick to just one or two at most? And, why?

Both can work, and a lot of larger and epic stories feature multiple points of view. Honestly I have always preferred the less popular first person POV. They are more common in Urban Fantasy too, my favorite genre. When I was a kid growing up I read a lot of Young Adult and Gothic types, which also was when the first person POV was in big and popular.

For Romance I really do prefer first person through the heroine, because I like to be kept in the dark about the hero's feelings and motivations too, along with the character. When it flips between both it bugs me and leaves less mystery.

In Mystery novels, first person POV works well too as you get to see and discover clues as the story unfolds along with the person who solves the crime.

Suspense, Horror, Science Fiction, and Drama work well for multiple POV. You get a feel for many of the characters as they are going through different things.

When POV fails is if too much of the book constantly hops around into too many character's heads, which can be distracting, confusing, and at the worst, make the book seem dull and detached.