I’ve just closed the cover on a romance/mystery/family drama (not my usual choice, but I needed something light), and I’m left with a mystery of my own. The point of view utilized for telling the story was third person, no doubt, but as scenes changed (which happened every page or two), the specific point of view shifted. Some scenes were inside the head of a single character, while other scenes revealed the thoughts of two characters.
Of course, each POV accomplished what it was intended to: limited third established an intimacy with the thoughts of a single character, while the dual/omniscient was more aloof. But this method left me feeling close, then disconnected, then close…and so on — ultimately fearful to commit to the storyline. I rather enjoy limited third POV when each scene is commanded by a different character’s thoughts, but as this proved, one head can be better than two.
I am under the impression that an entire novel should commit to one point of view (first, limited third, omniscient third, etc.), but I may be mistaken. Maybe this isn’t a matter of procedure, but rather of taste. Is this a common practice in contemporary (pop) lit? Or do you think the editor allowed this to slip through? I’m leaving the title of the book out of the post so that you might feel free to comment.