Thursday Thoughts: Percy Jackson/Traveling Pants: Multi-perspective Novels

So Thursdays are quickly becoming my favorite days since I started doing Thursday Thoughts. Originally, this week was going to be about my book rules (actually, that’s been the plan since week 1). But every time Thursday rolls around, something materializes in front of me and I just have to write about it. One of these days I’ll get around to my book rules.

Anyways, last Saturday was my first day back at college at Ohio University as a journalism major (can’t spell journalism without OU- I saw that on a t-shirt today). It’s always hard for me to leave home, so the first week back is never fun. In an effort to distract myself, my two roommates and I decided to watch Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which is a book/movie that I love to bits because 1) it takes place in Bethesda, MD and 2) it’s all about friendship and the relationships that define you. So I’m watching this book as a movie and I’m sitting on our light pink futon that’s just big enough for three and I’m inspired. I think that this book, which some may write off as cheesy and girly, is a great example of the human condition and what it’s like to love your friends and the struggle of loving yourself with that same magnitude. But I’m rambling. What I was also thinking about was how the movie portrays the four different perspectives of Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget. Now I can’t remember exactly, but I am fairly certain that in the book, each chapter takes place from a different characters point of view. You know, the chapter starts with “TIBBY” and then carries on with her story told from her side. I absolutely adore that method. In most books, you form a relationship with one person, the main character because you are constantly inside his/her head. So you bond with them and love them and hope with them. What could be better than that? How about that TIMES THREE?! I just think that if an author can write from multiple perspectives and make you care for and love each character equally, almost as if you are reading multiple books, then that marks a great story and an excellent story teller. This technique (I’m not sure if there’s a real term for it, let me know if there is) adds so much depth to a story and, I think, makes it much more real. If done well enough, it creates this whole multi-dimensional world filled with countless friendships and heartbreaks and stories and oh my gosh I’m getting emotional.

In addition to this sensory overload of a movie that I just witnessed, two days ago I started reading The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. My friend, Ashley, recommended this book to me because it’s the first in a follow-up series to the Percy Jackson books, which are freaking awesome. If you haven’t read them, you must. Basically, I started reading The Lost Hero and was jazzed because it’s so good, even after two pages it’s so good, and then BAM chapter two comes along and GUESS WHAT Ricky decided to go the multi-perspective route. I wish I could meet this man so that I could tell him he’s a magnificent and fancy man. But really, so far, the multiple perspectives have only made his already awesome books even cooler.

In my opinion, hearing more sides of the story only add to the effectiveness and depth of a novel, unless it’s like Catcher in the Rye or something to that extent. Like, think about it, how cool would it have been to be inside Darcy’s head the moment he first saw Elizabeth Bennet? Or what if we could feel President Snow’s outrage when Katniss and Peeta decided to eat those berries? I think that would have been so freaking cool.

What do you think?


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