We all know the basics of “point of view” when it comes to writing. First-person means the narrator is one of the characters in the story. In contrast, third-person is when the narrator follows the characters around. In a third-person narrative, the narrator can be omniscient or limited. Third-Person omniscient means the narrator knows all. He knows the thoughts of every character and their emotions. Third-person limited means the narrator knows the thoughts of at most one character. In The Tales of Draco, the story is in first-person, set in Jacob’s point of view. You don’t really see the word “Jacob” unless in dialogue.
To be honest, I have made a few novice mistakes in the point of view. The biggest problem is that thoughts, emotions, and even out of scene dialogue are present when they are not supposed to be. One example is when a dwarf complains about Jacob’s presence when Jacob isn’t supposed to hear it. My point of view mistakes are being addressed in the next book and upcoming editions in Rise of the Dragon.
There is, however, one aspect in “point of view” that I intentionally do. These are the other scenes that Jacob is not present, for example when Monty is making plans of an ambush or when Sally searches for information to where her friends are. I’m perfectly fine with this aspect because it gives valuable information needed for the plot. For example, we now know Monty’s motivations for ambushing Jacob and Clipper. Other books series changes scenes like this all the time, especially in the Redwall series. Brian Jacques switches scenes perfectly. This is what keeps the reader into the book. It makes the reader want to know what is happening in both places at the same time.
So what is the logic behind the point of view in The Tales of Draco? The narrator is Jacob, yet he also narrates scenes where he is not present. This element explains itself in the prologue in Rise of the Dragon. Jacob tells the story to Yselliar. In fact, Jacob once said to Yselliar that he would “hear the adventures of others” (this phrase has been edited out though). This explains that even though Jacob did not know what was happening in other scenes, he is still able to tell them in the book.
When it comes to different scenes and the point of view, it’s like watching a roller coaster versus riding it. Which would you prefer?
(The photo at the top is a P.O.V. photo of The Boss at Six Flags St. Louis. I have ridden this roller coaster before. Though it was a rough ride, I enjoyed every moment of it.)