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Old 03-25-2015, 03:58 AM View Post #1 (Link) Reading Multiple Perspectives or Focusing on the Most Critical?
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Let's say a novel story has multiple third- or maybe first-person (which ever one you feel more familiar with) perspectives, and all of these different ones meet in a scene. Now, this could be dealt in two general ways: the scene could be replayed separately per perspective, or it could be done with just the most relatively crucial perspective. Which do you generally prefer reading?

Note: By now in the novel, the reader should be deep enough to fully understand the major differences behind the perspectives. This thread's situation is definitely not presented at the novel's beginning when perspectives are barely introduced even though it hypothetically could be in any book.

It depends on the situation for me, though. The less numerous and more varying perspectives there are, the less I'll lean toward the latter option and vice versa if we're talking with very generalized terms.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:52 AM View Post #2 (Link)
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Personally, I love when I get to see the same scene play out from different perspectives and angles because you just get so much out of all the different ones that you piece together, instead of having a single one and a narrower pool of facts - does that make any sense? I don't think it makes sense but it's nearly 1am so I'm going to roll with it. Different people will tell the same story in different ways. For example, you might tell a story about a cat who was playing with her ball of yawn in the living room. Because I don't care much for cats, I might add that the cat was annoying or scary or whatever. It's sort of like a mystery or crime to me with many perspectives, which is another reason why I like different perspectives telling the same story.

However obviously if the different perspectives tell of the same scene in the same way, it's going to be boring, and if a book is going to do that anyway, I'd rather have just one, very detailed perspective of the scene. If the different perspectives are vastly different to each other, I'd prefer that.

I very much like having different perspectives in a movie or TV shows. The visualization of having the same story told differently by different people is interesting and almost artistic in a way. I also love movies like Valentine's Day, [i]Love Actually[i], or A Pistol in Each Hand which is a Spanish movie (I'd highly recommend it) where there is a lot of people that makes the movie seem chaotic but actually are beautifully and seamlessly linked to each other and their connections to the audience at the end of the movie. I really like that.
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