Monday, May 14, 2007
Head Hopping Is for the Birds
This past weekend, I made many happy memories as I flew to Dallas to celebrate my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. (Wasn't it nice of her to be born around Mother's Day so I could share two special occasions in one weekend?) The sudden appearance of severe weather might have spoiled our outdoor party plans, but failed to dampen the fun. My mother and sister drove down from OKC to spend the day with us too. Life doesn't get much better than that!
Of course, the travel experience always proves to be a challenge these days. I packed my carry-on bag with enough reading material to keep me occupied on a round-the-world flight. I'd been saving a fiction book about Russian Mennonites during the Revolution for such an occasion as this. I savored the blurb and endorsement on the back cover and the spine cracked as I opened the door to a new reading adventure. (I did resist the urge to sniff the pages and breathe deep the printer's ink and thick paper — considering the peace of mind of my seat mates over my own pleasures.) I didn't get beyond the first five pages, though, before I was ready to heave the tome against the flight-deck door. The story's point-of-view jumped from one character's head to another like a hummingbird in a greenhouse with an occasional foray into the omniscient POV for good measure. I suppose you could argue that I've become a lazy reader, but I don't like to have to guess whose head I'm in at any given minute in a story. I realize the strict POV is a rather recent edict in popular fiction, but, as with all modern conveniences — sliced bread, electric lights, Internet — once we realize the improvement, it's hard to stomach the old ways of doing things.
Take this as a heads' up if you are proposing a mystery to me. Stay in one POV per scene and leave the head-hopping to the hummingbirds!
P.S. I am determined to finish this book, since it is a subject that interests me and a book I spent my hard-earned money to buy, even though it is more work than fun. Don't expect as much commitment on my part when it comes to a head-hopping proposal. (Said with a smile.) Whether you're a writer or a reader, enjoy a book today!
Editor Du Jour Becky