- Is it possible to write a narratively (not necessarily financially) successful non-fairy tale style children’s or YA book with an adult as the main character? Why or why not? Can you give examples? What made this book narratively successful?
- Is it possible to write a narratively successful book of any fiction genre that uses erratic or abrupt changes in point-of-view? From first person to third person? From one POV character to another? Can you give examples? What made this book narratively (not necessarily financially) successful?
I’m asking because I’ve been taught that these are writing no-nos. However, I’ve run across a few stories like this in recent years, and, not naming names, they have great Amazon reviews. Still, when I read stories like these, I just can’t connect to the character (in the first case); can’t follow along long enough to connect with the story (in the second case); or with an abrupt POV change really late in the story, I feel downright betrayed, like my allegiances are being tossed aside. I’m not talking about changes in POV that are consistently marked by chapter changes or other large breaks, as in say Emily’s Hope or Snow Crash, off the top of my head. ThoseI can follow. It’s the other kinds that throw me off. Are these still writing no-nos that don’t bother many other readers, or are they no longer hard-and-fast rules, and I’m just being a “neurologically diverse” reader? Am I all alone?