A post of mine just went up on Book View Cafe’s blog: When the Point of View is Not Carried by the Protagonist
This is a topic I’ve hit before, but this particular take on the topic is new, not a copy of anything I’ve posted here.
Bonus pictures of Elli, a dog I bred twelve years ago. I placed her in a pet home when she was a puppy, but I had her back for five weeks recently because her owners’ lives are complicated right now. She’s a very easy guest and a sweet dog, and I actually feel somewhat bereft because she just went back to her owners a few days ago. But I’ll get her back for a few weeks in January and February, so that’s fine.
I’ll just step up on a soapbox long enough to add: this is an illustration of one of the many reasons that, if you buy a purebred puppy, you should go to a reputable breeder rather than a backyard breeder. When your life gets complicated and you don’t have a relative able or willing to babysit your dog for a month or two at a time, who can you call? You can call the breeder.
Under some circumstances, I’d probably ask a fee for babysitting a dog. But under other circumstances, I won’t. I didn’t this time. Elli slept on my couch along with my horde. I crushed biscuits for her (she has only a few teeth left, but is otherwise in great shape, with no significant heart murmur, so that was nice to see). I took her for a walk every day, for a run when the weather was nice, to the park once, and clipped her, did her nails, and bathed her before I sent her home.
Off the soapbox now! Back to the actual topic of the post! This separation of protagonist from pov has fascinated me since I read the Lymond chronicles for the first time. Click through if you also find that technique interesting.