I was thinking of writing my next book in a different style. It is third person POV but every chapter is seen through the eyes of a different character. And twist is that there is only one main character and he doesn’t get his own POV. This got me thinking that there are so many ways to play with POVs. These are the ones I have come across:-
First person POVs
Consistent Main Character - There is one central character who narrates the story. Example- Twilight, The Boy in Stripped Pajamas
Consistent Side Character - Someone other than the main character narrates the story. Example - Sherlock Holmes
Shifting - Different characters narrate the story in different chapters. Example - Breaking Dawn
Document collection - The whole book is written as letters or collection of documents. (It can be either of the POVs or a mix) Example- Les Liaisons Dangereuses, What She Left
Second person POV - Rarest POV of all. Example - You; Bright Lights, Big City; The Fifth Season; Brass; Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Third Person POVs
Omniscient - Everything that is happening is told. The writer is talking to directly with the readers. Example- Most of the classics like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.
Single - The story is told in third person but only the things which are seen by the main character is told. Example - Ender’s Game.
Shifting - It is limited like single third person POV but different characters take charge in different chapters. Example- A Song of Ice and Fire.
Sometimes the authors mix some of these. Like in Harry Potter first few chapters are Omniscient and rest the through Harry’s eyes. Or like Dan Brown shifted to first person POV in a chapter of Inferno.
If anyone knows any other POVs or literature explaining more types of POVs please share.