She liked him in spite of his strangeness. She was not a believer in love at first sight, although she did believe that instant lust (going under the more innocent name of infatuation) occurred frequently. And yet he wasn’t a man that would ordinarily encourage midnight entries in a locked diary; he was too thin for his height, a little pale. His face was introspective and bookish, and his eyes rarely gave away the train of his thoughts. All this topped with a heavy pelt of black hair that looked as if it had been raked with the fingers rather than brushed.
From Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King who have just perfectly described my Prince Charming.
Hi, I love your blog, I am so glad to have found it. I wanted to ask if you have any rec for books that have multiple POVs and do it well, when i say multiple i mean between 5 and 10. Anything that is NOT Game Of Thrones related.
Thank you! That’s wonderful to hear, and I’m glad you found it as well.
My favorite in recent memory (in no particular order:)
1. ‘Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King.
Viewpoint characters include author Ben Mears, his eventual love interest Susan Norton, high school teacher Matt Burke, priest Father Calahan, precocious twelve-year-old Mark Petrie, and many others as King allows the reader to explore the town and its residents.
He handles the intricate narratives beautifully, and if you’re not squeamish about horror (both the mundane and supernatural variety) it’s a great read.
2. Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
One of my favorite books of all time. Viewpoint characters include the beloved angel/demon duo Aziraphale and Crowley, Adam (the Antichrist) and his small posse, the witch Anathema and witch hunter Pulsifer, as well as the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse and others. If you love intelligent satire, Pratchett-esque wisdom, and Biblical mythology, this book’s for you.
3. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.
Granted, this one has only three viewpoint/POV characters – Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter – but it’s handled so beautifully I consider it a must-read for anyone planning on writing a book with multiple viewpoints. Every character feels uniquely her own, with a distinct voice and personality. It’s extremely well done, profound, and entertaining.
4. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis.
A wonderful and gut-wrenching book about Hattie Shepherd, a Black woman in early 1900s America, and her nine children. Each glimpse into the lives of Hattie and her family as they all recover from the grief of Hattie’s lost dreams – particularly the death of her firstborn twins – and find hope for the future is incredibly moving, personal, and human. I highly recommend it.
5. The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton.
Okay, this is another book with only three viewpoint characters, but it’s still incredibly beautiful and well done. The viewpoint alternates between three women and three respective time periods as they attempt to reconnect to their forgotten past and histories.
Fair warning: this book is incredibly sad and depressing. Like, Charles Dickens meets the Bronte sisters depressing. Every character has experienced profound loss of one kind or another, and it’s not for the faint of heart. But it’s very beautifully and intelligently done, so if you have the stomach for it, I highly recommend giving it a read.
In any case, I hope this helps, happy reading, and happy writing! <3
ThatLitSite's 10 Horror Novels to Read This Halloween | Jayme Karales
For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a fascination with horror. It began with a particularly jarring moment when I was four years old. My mother, searching the channels for something to watch, settled upon a made-for-TV movie airing on the Lifetime network. I despised Lifetime. However, this one movie seemed so unlike all of the other poorly acted, domestic abuse melodramas I’d suffered through in the past.
There was a little boy racing along a gutter, chasing after a paper mâché boat as rain poured down overhead. The boat would later get caught in a sewer grate and swiftly fall into the underbelly of a small town called Derry. When the boy–no older than myself at the time–started to scan the drain, a clown popped up, smiling and holding his poorly crafted boat. What happened to the child no less than two minutes after the harlequin’s appearance would haunt my childhood–and I loved it.
When I became older, I ventured into literary horror and quickly became enamored. Fast forward a decade and some odd years later, and I’m now the author of a horror novel myself.
Favorite Tropes In Horror Films: Most Writers Are Writers.
Writers. Ah yes, asshole writers reign as a sub-genre when it comes to horror. And Mr. King is The King of this magnificent trope. There are others who simply were so great they made their way up there with King’s characters. In film or mini-television series (because some novels are that long), here are some of my favorite fictional writers.
Ben Mears portrayed by David Soul in 1979′s television mini-series Salem’s Lot & in its television mini-series remake of 2004 by Rob Lowe.
Paul Sheldon in 1990′s Misery, portrayed by James Caan.
Mort Rainey portrayed by Johnny Depp in 2004′s Secret Window.
Mike Enslin postrayed by John Cusack in 2007′s (Room) 1408.
Jack Torrance first portrayed in the 1980 film The Shining by Jack Nicholson, then in the television mini-series of 1997 by Steven Weber.
Thad Beaumont (and George Stark, another writer– if you want to get technical) portrayed by Timothy Hutton in 1993′s The Dark Half.
Bill Denbrough portrayed in the 1990 film IT by Richard Thomas. The younger portrayal of Bill was played by Johnathan Brandis (same film).
Ellison Oswalt portrayed by Ethan Hawke in 2012′s Sinister.
Honorary Mention: Amelia Vanek (Essie Davis), The Babadook (2014).