Jun 14 2012 8:07am

Romance Novels Taking a Different Point of View

Media outlets have lately been buzzing with the news that E.L. James is considering writing Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian Grey’s perspective—not coincidentally, similar to Stephenie Meyer writing Midnight Sun, which is Twilight from Edward’s perspective.

And lately, with the ability to get content out there so much more easily than before, many authors are taking advantage of ease of publication by offering alternate scenes and points of view. For example, Karen Marie Moning released a scene from the Fever series from Barrons’s point of view, and Ilona Andrews offers scenes from Curran’s point-of-view as well.

Whose point-of-view do you wish you could read?

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Fiona Marsden
1. Fiona Marsden
I would only be interested if they offered something new within the point of view. But it is always interesting to see the male point of view in a book that is largely or all from the female protagonists POV.
Lege Artis
3. LegeArtis
Oh, Terrible's most definetely!
I would love to read something from Bran's (Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series) POV also. He is awesome...
Carmen Pinzon
4. bungluna
I would love to see something from Jean Claude's pov, from Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. I've always suspected that he's less emmo and more coniving Machiavelian.
Fiona Marsden
5. Vi Dao
I would love to read something from Bones' POV.
Megan Frampton
6. MFrampton
I'd like to see Ethan's POV from the Chicagoland Vampires series. I don't think I would like to see Terrible's--I think he's more compelling viewed from Chess's perspective.
rachel sternberg
7. rae70
Would love to see the pov of the male, especially if the heroine is one of those who is klutzy, beautiful but doesn't know it, niave about safety of herself and others and of course, opens her mouth inserts foot type of girl. I just don't see how a 600+ yr old man would find that attractive... but what do I know?
Vanessa Ouadi
8. Lafka
I love it when an author offers both protagonist's point of view. As a matter of fact, I generally prefer when a story isn't told from a unique POV and I'm often a bit frustrated when it is. Twilight was a good example _ I definitely wanted to know what Edward thought or did whenever Bella wasn't here, and I was disappointed when Stephenie Meyer gave up her Midnight Sun project.

On the other hand, I recently read a book (The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window) where the book started with only the heroine's POV and, out of the blue, around the middle of the book, the author chose to alternate the heroine's and the hero's POV. That was a deal-breaker, either I'm given both POV since the beginning, either I content myself with just one POV.

Still, I like when an author, though having chosen to tell the story from only one POV, takes pity on his/her readers and offers a few scenes from the other POV on his/her website! So considerate ;)

I'm not sure though about having 2 identical books published, telling the same story, except from different POV. I'm probably a bit cynical here, but I'm given the impression that it's more about exploiting the money-spinner rather than any artistic approach.
Laurie Rivera
9. leb
I’d love to hear Saxton’s thoughts/POV about the Black Dagger Brotherhood in general and his relationship with Blay and Qhuinn specifically. He seems to be fine with being involved with Blay even though he knows he’s not his “great love”, but is he really ok with that? Why is he still living at the compound?
Cheryl King
10. fotofix
I really hate first person POV because it's so limiting and I usually steer clear of books written in 1st person unless they've come highly recommended. Like 50 Shades. After reading it I immediately reviewed it on Bookreads and said I'd gladly buy the book written from Christian's POV. The third book had several bonus scenes of events from Christian's POV and I ate them up.
I also read the scene on KMM's site from Barrons' POV and nearly combusted. I probably wouldn't survive a whole book from his POV. I'm currently reading Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series -yet another written on 1st person. I would kill to have Reyes and Garret's POV as well. Why do authors write in 1 st person anyway!! LOL
Alana Abbott
11. alanajoli
I think it's important to mention that Ilona Andrews's Curran POV books are available *for free* on her site. To me, those alternate POV scenes are fan rewards -- or bonus material -- and I'm delighted that they exist. If they were to rewrite the books with the same plot and events just changing up the POV and then sell them, I'd not be as interested. (And, I suspect, they wouldn't be as interested in writing them!)

It looks like Moning's scene is also free to readers. I say cheers to these writers for providing us with the equivalent of DVD bonus features for their books!
Fiona Marsden
12. stefraffel
@bungluna I am with you on Jean-Claude! What is going on in his mind when he goes dead (pun intended) still and his expression is inscrutable . . . . . does he think in French?

I absolutely love the Fifty Shades Vignettes from Christian's POV! We knew Ana was totally naive but to read what is running in Christian's head during th interview and at the hardware store is priceless, especially in contrast to Ana's schoolgirl take.
Fiona Marsden
13. MeganBe
I would love to read the Barron's POV scene but sen unable to locate it. The best I can do is find the "interview" KMM did with him. Functional link anyone?
Fiona Marsden
14. ForeverReading1
I agree with bungluna and stefraffel on wanting Jean Claude's POV. Specifically his POV from Book 1 (Guilty Pleasures), because it seems like that’s when his conniving Machiavellian mind came into play, which helped him to get to the power level he is at now.
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