Thursday, June 28, 2012

Want Reader Input for Next Book

I'm working fast and furious on the sequel to Matriculated Death. Today I hit a little snag in the writing process. Please read what I'm dealing with, and give me your opinion.

The action in the book takes place in two different eras. To keep things simple, let's call them Historical and Now. The narrative voice for Now is the same heroine you heard for most of Matriculated Death. But who should be the narrative voice for Historical?

I've got two options. First, use the villain for the narrative voice. Fun to write because, well, it's a villain. But would it be fun to read? Second option is the victim. There are some interesting parallels between the victim and the heroine, which would make for cleaner transference of symbolism between Historical and Now. But the victim doesn't see all the action in Historical. Would it be too weird to have her narrate things she didn't witness first-hand?

So. Villian, or Victim. What do you think?

9 comments:

  1. Villain could be interesting but it is higher risk. You run the risk of people starting to side with your villain or being unhappy at the POV and putting the book down. But it could also create great tension and juxtapositioning of your heroine and villain.

    Victim is safer and would offer more 'mystery' but poses the problem of not knowing enough or having happenstance bring out the plot which I don't like.

    I personally would do both, but I am a fan of multiple POV's.

    If I must choose I would say villain, riskier but more fun.

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    1. Thanks, Allie.

      Your opinion got me thinking about the showdown between the heroine and the Villian. I'd assumed it should be from her POV, but now I wonder.

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  2. I agree with Allie, especially about the happenstance bringing out the plot... she's using big words, isn't she!?!

    I personally dig a good villain's pov... especially if you keep their section brisk.

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    1. Thank you, Laura!

      I love a good villain POV too. Heh. I love a good villain.

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  3. I'm a POV rule-breaker, and tend to write from multiple POVs (more than recommended, in some cases). Is this first-person or third-person? If you write from the victim's POV, perhaps she could discover the events of the Historical along with the reader...though I'm not familiar with the overall plot, so that might not work.

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    1. The victim does live the historic timeline as the reader is learning it. So that is something to think about. Thanks, Raine!

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  4. Hi =)
    I'm thinking that if it a "survivor" book... it would be beneficial to write as the victim...what would be interesting, though would be if the good guy/girl were to turn on the bad guy/girl and thus the hunter becomes the prey. Which in that case the POV from the original bad guy/girl, would be MOST beneficial and could turn out to be a really good read.

    But...tha's just me =)

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    1. Hi, Mark!

      It's not a survivor book. Not for this particular victim. I wish it was, but if she survived it would kill motivation for other characters.

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  5. Had a long-time reader and fan of the original Undead Bar Association blog contact me privately. She voted for the villain POV.

    Met with my editor this weekend. She suggested a POV that wasn't the victim or the villian. At first I was against it, but the more I thought about what she was saying the more I saw possibilities. So I might take her advice, and surprise all the readers.

    I'll decide sometime this week. First I need to write some more in the Now.

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