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Sequel POV

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Sequel POV

Postby jaybird » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:03 pm

I wrote my novel in 1st person, is it wise if I switch to 3rd person in its sequel?
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Re: Sequel POV

Postby Shann » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:43 pm

I think it depends on what has happened to your MC in the first book. I know Patricia Cornwell has done that in her Scarpetta books. I don't think I would have noticed except I go to the library and check out all the book by one author than read them. It did feel strange to me the first few chapters (strange enough that I remember it even though it has been years since I read them) I do think I eventually got used to it though, then I think she switched back a couple of books later.
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Re: Sequel POV

Postby pheeweed » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:40 pm

I don't think I've ever run across it, but it would seem strange unless the MC is a different character. Then it might make sense.
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Re: Sequel POV

Postby deejay » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:00 pm

Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in third person, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in first person.

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Re: Sequel POV

Postby pheeweed » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:54 am

That's an interesting example, Deejay. I've never thought of Huck Finn as a sequel to Tom Sawyer. I've always seen them as independent books set in the same place and time.
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Re: Sequel POV

Postby deejay » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:14 pm

In the beginning of Huckleberry Finn, Huck says that Mr. Twain wrote about his friend Tom, and now he's writing about him. But as I understand it, Twain was really writing about his own childhood. So another POV change.

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Re: Sequel POV

Postby WriteTight » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:28 pm

Good question!

You can change from 3rd to 1st, if it fits the book. You can also go from past to present, if it fits. Stephen Lawhead did it in The Raven King series (a Robin Hood retelling). Personally, it threw me off when he went from 3rd person past tense to first person present framed in the sequel.

The sequel was framed with the main character telling how he got into prison in the first person present. As he tells the tale, it shifts to past tense, which is way easier to understand.

All that to say... sure, you can switch, but will it be the bet move for the story and for your readers?


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