Confession time. In the summmer of 2006, a friend who was a sixth grade teacher told me about a book I had to read. It was a little unknown novel titled, TWILIGHT.
I read it and thought it was a decent story, put it on the shelves with my other books, and didn’t think a thing about it. A year later, I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing, seeing or reading about the flurry of girls and women obssessed with the book. In fact, I was in a tiny airport in Cabo San Lucas and sitting across from me was a man in his early 60s and what was he reading? I don’t think I have to say any more about the frenzy and how many people it touched.
In 2008 with the craze still running rampant, it was revealed that Stephenie Meyer had re-written TWILIGHT from the POV of Edward, titled MIDNIGHT SUN. The file got leaked on the internet, without Meyer’s permission, and eventually she posted it on her website for all her rabid fans to read. I read it, but I didn’t feel it really added much to the original story.
Why am I blathering on about this? Well because I just discovered that Veronica Roth has just done the same thing with the release of a little thing called, FREE FOUR. It’s one chapter from DIVERGENT, told from Four’s POV. In case you’ve already read the series, I’ll tell you it’s the scene where he throws knives at Tris’ head.
All this has me asking – do we need to read a book again, but from another character’s perspective? Will it add anything to the original concept? Would you want to reread HUNGER GAMES but from Peeta’s viewpoint? Would it change how you perceived Katniss’ story?
It has me thinking about so many other possibilities. What about HARRY POTTER? Would you want to read GOBLET OF FIRE from Ron or Hermione’s perspective? Although I will admit, I’d spend big bucks to reread HALF-BLOOD PRINCE if it was written from Snape’s POV.
So what do you think? Is it helpful to the reader to get another character’s POV on a story, or does it not add anything to the overall concept? I’d love to hear your thoughts!