I was reading a book a few weeks ago, and was really feeling it. It caught me from the start, and appeared to be from HER 1st person POV only. I was loving all of the pining and wondering, and just plain delighted with it as a whole. And then… after a few chapters, the book switched gears and suddenly went into his “1st person” POV. It was a tad jarring, but still overall, plenty good. After all, the writing was spot-on.
Except that… now the mystery of “him” (and his intentions) had dimmed. I knew what he was thinking, feeling and doing, and so her questions were no longer my questions, ya know? I still enjoyed the book, but I bet I would have loved this one more had it remained only in her 1st person POV. More of that ouch-potential, more of that personal doubt that often happens with budding relationships (or hope of a relationship) and huge excitement and relief things start… happening. Or drama, if they don’t.
But I realize now, after going over my most favorite books in the world, that they’ve all been from her POV only.
- Bella in Twilight,
- Abby in Beautiful Disaster,
- Ana in Fifty Shades,
- Perry in the Experiment in Terror series,
- Keira in Thoughtless,
- Lauren in Sweet Dreams,
- Taryn in Love Unscripted,
- Mac in the Fever series,
- Chess in The Downside Ghosts series,
- Cat in the Night Huntress Series,
- and so on…
And this is due to the huge emotional impact they’ve had on me. I realize… that’s obviously my preference. But I wondered… is it just me?
So I asked on Facebook:
Maryse’s Book Blog: What do you guys prefer? One single POV (hers), his POV, or dual POV? While I enjoy books from all POV’s, I prefer only “hers”… I love to become the heroine, and I love to guess, and worry and stress over the potential romance like she does. Makes it more angsty and nerve-wracking for me as the reader. After all, in real life, I never truly know what another person is thinking, and why they act a certain way, and I love it when a singular POV keeps me guessing… It’s just more intense for me that way. Just like it would be in reality. You guys?
Lisa: I like dual POV. I like getting inside both the characters minds
Angie: Both work for me!
McKenzie: Hers because it’s easier to relate.
JR: I enjoy both!
Jody: I like hers but I WANT to know what he is thinking too, without reading it! I know that makes no sense but it frustrates me so much. Lol
Jenny: I like both too. Although when an author’s clever and keeps me in the heroine’s POV but lets me see the hero’s even while the heroine remains blind to how much he like her … yeah, I like that too. I just read the latest Jim and Dali story by Ilona Andrews (in Night Shift) and loved the all-Dali perspective. Strong character voice.
Blanca: same, I like single POV (hers)
Carrie: i love dual POV. it makes me the happiest. and while i prefer first person dual POV, some authors do a really bang up job of third person where i feel at one w/ both characters.
Sarah: I prefer h POV only for the same reasons as you posted.
Susan: I love both
Melissa: Dual, third person or his POV.
Michelle: Depends on writing style. Both if I had to choose
Sherry: I like Dual as well
Sharon: I like both but prefer single pov and I prefer her pov
Niki: I like both POVs. I used to think I only like the heroine’s perspective, but after reading some that do a fantastic job of also the hero’s POV (like Shay Savage‘s books, And Dex from Karina Halle’s EIT series), and ones that gave both (like some of Kristen Ashley‘s books), I really enjoy both perspectives.
Marta: Dual is the best.you can get in to both main character’s head. Love it
Nikee: Totally agree, Maryse!!!!! I’m actually disappointed every time I get multiple. Even though there are great books out there told from both, my all-time favs are from hers, like Beautiful Disaster.
Maria: I love his POV or dual.
Traci: I agree with you Maryse
Lisa: I love Dual POV’s. Sometimes I get so frustrated with the female!!! It’s nice to see what the male is thinking.
Michele: Me exactly.
Julie: Her POV
Faye: I agree with you! I prefer the heroine’s POV .
Tessa: If it is a third person book, I like duel, but a first person, I prefer just her. There’s more angst that way.
Michelle: I like a little of his pov thrown in with hers.
Adele: I lean to her POV but can appreciate both when it’s done well. I don’t care for Ping Pong POV.
Sarah: Her POV, definitely.
Bobbie Jo: Dual
Carey: Love multiple view points
Vicki: Idk. Reading Sylvia Days new crossfire book and its dual and confusing the hell out of me. I keep having to stop and reread thinking it was her when it was him etc. Especially after reading the others all from her POV. Maybe its just this book though.
Maddie: I love the POV from both. Then I feel like I am getting the story from both sides. Love that!
Christina: dual POV
Erica: I dont mind both but I prefer one or the other…pet peeve is dual POV but constantly going back and recapping the previous seen from the other’s POV…drives me nuts
Denise: Dual POV
Nikole: I prefer her if it’s going to be a series because you get a lot more detail over time but I prefer dual if it’s one book because then I feel like I’m getting the full story and it leaves me feeling satisfied!
Stephanie: I am reading At Any Turn by Brenna Aubrey and it a “his” pov and I must say I am enjoying the switch. Searching For Moore by Julie a. Richman was both his and hers and OMG, the best love story I have ever read!
Lisa S: I do like having both hers and his POV. It can be in two separate books, like Shades of Pearl by Arianne Richmonde and books 2 & 3 are Pearl’s POV. But Pearl and Belle Pearl, books 5 & 6, are from Alexandre’s POV and extend the story. I also like if both are in a story, but hers is the main POV, like Ditching The Dream by Author Isabelle Peterson. It’s Elizabeth’s story, but the guys’ POV sneak in at times.
Heather: Single POV, preferably hers!
Rita: Dual. It adds to the story to know what he is thinking also.
Jennifer: Dual POV so I feel like I am really getting a true and full experience.
Michele: Dual POV
Faith Andrews I love dual!!!
Amber: I love a dual POV just so I know what both people are thinking, but ONLY if the guy POV is believable. I’ve read way too many guy POV’s that just sound like the woman talking. But when it’s done right (thinking of Christina Lauren as a great example) it’s my favorite.
Sarah: Dual – but only if there is a clear distinction between each person’s “voice” so you don’t get confused between the two as you are reading.
Kentrina: Dual!! I want to know what both people are thinking.
Sandra: I don’t mind but I prefer books written in the first person
Amber: I prefer her POV but depending on the story and definitely the authors ability to pull it off a dual POV sometimes just works perfectly. I don’t like it when at the end of a trilogy they bring out a 4th book retelling the story with his POV.
Kellyann: Hers…no one does a guy POV, without it sounding feminine….well very few that I’ve read….I usually steer clear of dual POVs
Kayleigh: I like both POV’s because then I get the entire story. I don’t mind if it’s just her POV as long as I get the answers, in detail, that I need lol
Samantha: Dual POV, third person for me!
Michael: If the story is a journey of discovery the first person is the best. We, the readers, then discover as the character does and the opportunity for twists and surprises increases.
Sharon: Dual, but only if done right. Some authors need to do a better job in letting you know who’s head you are in. Love it when the POV is chapter by chapter. I know who I am reading! Sylvan Reynard does a TERRIBLE job (still love the story). And it needs to be kept to a limit. I don’t need to be in everybody’s heads.
Melanie: Dual POV
Vicki: I like dual
Mary: I love both. It’s nice to see what the characters are thinking
Michele: Dual POV
Lauren: Love female POV but also like when the author puts out a 2nd book in the male POV. I like having that option. Sometimes it’s like a totally different book….
Hanne: I usually prefer dual POV – I just love it when the POV changes in the middle of a charged situation, like how JR Ward does it. But then again, I also love how Shay Savage’s POV is only male (and hilarious too!).
Andrea: I prefer her POV or third person POV. Fluidity and continuous flow are very important to me.
Laura: I like for the story to be told from each POV separately. I love reading the same story retold from the opposite POV.
Jennifer: I like each POV separate … I like reading hers first … Then reading ng his in a separate book !
Jenna: I completely agree with you Maryse’s Book Blog. Definitely prefer only “her” POV.
WOW!! Lots of our Facebook fellow readers LOVE dual POV. Interesting!! So what about you guys? POV preferences?