Point of View
Soooo important when I am trying to establish the voice for the story, the voice for the writing, is the POV.
I am struggling a bit on a particular piece, and maybe that is because my understanding of POV is a little flawed... maybe...
I mean, there's 1st person, right? That's where the narrator is actually a character in the story. One of my middle grades is in first person. It seemed to work well for the story being told.
But this is where I get confused.
3rd person limited-The narrator only knows what the MC knows. (Think Harry Potter...we never know what Ron is thinking, what Dumbledore is thinking...just Harry*). This is really the only "head" the narration jumps into. (Sometimes the narration might head jump, but that is usually done by chapter, or by larger paragraph breaks.)
3rd person omniscient-This is where the narrator knows all, knows what everybody is thinking. The Graveyard Book is a great example of this technique...but so are books by Roald Dahl, and Eva Ibottson (two of my favorite middle grade authors.) They head jump right and left. And it works.
But is this technique limited? In which circumstances does it work and where does it not? (Can you get away with this technique in places other than MG in this day and age? Or is it even outdated in MG?)
I read a great post by Livia Blackburne which talked about the death of omni POV.
So, what do you think?
*Of course, there's that chapter in the beginning of one of the Harry Potter books that deals with the whole prime-minister thing, of which Harry would know nothing about....and then we sometimes get a bit of Voldemort, but I think that works because of their whole special link.