Kate Elliott February 3rd, 2008
Point of view is a subject we as writers discuss frequently, for obvious reasons.
A reader recently asked me in email if there are any online discussions of the use of third omniscient in fantasy (and sf) as opposed to third limited; discussions of the latter are easy to find, the former not so much. I said that I thought that third omniscient isn’t in fashion these days, although there are examples of it in print.
So I’d like to open up a discussion here.
What are the peculiar problems inherent in third omniscient?
What books of old or now current have used this pov?
If you’ve used it, please discuss the why and how, if you feel so inclined.