53 – Of Points and Views

The Mythcreant Podcast

Ariel joins Chris and Oren for a discussion about perspective and point of view. They discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives and common mistakes writers make. Ariel stands up for second person, while Chris and Oren reignite their old debate about multiple points of view.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches

Sorcery & Cecelia

Run Lola Run

Terry Pratchett

Stephen King’s Under the Dome

Examples of sloppy/distant third: Sword of Shannara and Eragon

The Lovely Bones


Debatecast: 22 – Are Multiple Points of View Good or Bad?

Downbelow Station

World War Z

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  1. Rand al'Thor

    I’m going to miss the next podcast.

  2. Nyralina

    This was a great podcast. I am curious, though, what those of you who have seen “New York, I Love You” (the 6th episode of Master of None’s second season) think about the POV. I feel that the relay/hand-off narrative worked really well there. It is my favorite episode of the show thus far because of it’s success with portraying the narrative of vastly underrepresented people.

    Are there ways that you could adapt this into a written narrative?

    • Chris Winkle

      As far as I know, none of the podcast hosts have seen that. Would you like to describe the technique a little more for us?

  3. Darian

    I can only remember reading one second person novel, Winter Birds by Jim Grimsley. It’s not very long but it isn’t a short story and it isn’t funny either. Of course, it’s literary fiction, which is more likely to have experimental narration. The protagonist isn’t blank, but I thought it worked all right. Maybe because it’s a kid, and I don’t necessarily expect a kid to narrate in a normal way?

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