A Change of Perspective

There have been times when I have returned to a familiar story, one that I read a long time ago or one that I've read many times, and discovered something completely new about it - times when it seemed like it was a different story, even though it hadn't changed.

I can't be the only one that's had this experience.

Most recently, I've started re-reading the Harry Potter series (and I can't even count how many times I've read them before). But I've also been partaking of the fanart of that specific fandom, and I feel like I know so much more about the characters now. (Amazing how that works, when you spend more time with characters, you learn more about them.)

It was just such a novel sensation (it seems new to me every single time it happens) to realize that there are all these people who knew and loved Lily and James, and were super upset when they died, and then suddenly this boy materializes after 10 years of silence and OMG he looks just like James (except for his eyes - he has Lily's eyes). There are just so many decisions that make so much more sense when you think about people treating him as though he is his father.

You know, as opposed to just looking like him.

Sirius, Snape, Lupin - actually, a lot of the adults in the first book, and a smattering of adults after that.

I've experienced something very similar with The Series of Unfortunate Events. I read the books ages ago, and now I'm watching the Netflix series... there's just so much background information that wasn't in the books! It warned me before every episode that it would wreck my evening, my whole life and my day, and I didn't listen and watched it anyway and now it's destroyed me and WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE?!?!


Anyway. Yes.

What I was trying to get at was this: How difficult is it to produce that feeling, that shift in perspective, inside a story? There are some movies and lots of games that pull this off very well. I've read a couple books that do this. But it's not a common feeling, so there's my question that I will hopefully be able to follow up on next week - Is shifting perspective partway through a story hard to do convincingly, and what tools can we use to achieve that effect?

I'll get back to you next week with the results of my research.

In the meantime, stay awesome, Inklings.

#Writing #Storytelling #Technique

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