Monday, April 30, 2012
Recently, I listened to and enjoyed this book:
BLINK & CAUTION, by Tim Wynne-Jones
It had some unusual Point of View choices in it, including some omniscient moments.
The story used limited third, dual perspectives most of the time, but he used the pronoun "you" in the narrative voice, not to address the reader or the character directly, but when talking about the character's thoughts and actions. As in:
"You go to open the door, but..."
"You're thinking, of course, this kind of crap always happens to you..."
(these examples are made up, not from the book)
I read a few reviews on Goodreads. One person, Margaret, said: "...the tight third person switches to an omniscient view in which the narrator actually addresses the characters."
Yeah, maybe I do remember a few of these times, advice-giving moments like:
"Blink, you should know better than to trust..."
(another made-up example, and not a very good one...the ones in the book were more subtle).
Still, I didn't feel like the character could really "hear" the advice. Just us readers, in a hypothetical way. And that still doesn't explain the "you" examples above.
Another person, called it second person POV, but I thought that was when you address the reader directly, and this book doesn't do that.
What about you? What do you think? Ever seen this before? What would you call it?