I had a recent discussion with a colleague about the pros and cons of writing from third-person point of view vs. omniscient point of view. His book has one storyline from first person POV and the rest are from omniscient, but not true omniscient because he doesn’t really go into any character’s heads.
The reason, I think, writing from POV works (and it doesn’t matter if it’s first person point of view or close third person point of view, there really is no difference) is that by seeing the world through a particular character’s eyes, you get to not only build on the characterization of that character you also get to feel much closer to your characters. There are some cases where you have to fudge POV if you’re using it though. Let me give you an example (and this is something you see in Tolkien a lot.
“Do you think they saw us?” said Gus as he ran around the corner and ducked under some tangled foliage.
“No, they’re too busy looking for men on horseback.”
“How long should we wait until continuing on?” Gus’s heart pounded like a wet bag being thrown against his ribs. He
should never have left home. Home was safe. Home was somewhere you never had a chance of dying.
“Just give them ten minutes or so.”
“How about we give them a day or so?” Gus asked, hopefully.
“You undervalue your abilities, my friend. Okay, that’s long enough. They are on steeds, we are merely on foot. Let’s go.”
Gus swallowed and followed Matrix through the woods. He was too scared to put up any sort of fight. Besides, the encounter with the werenerves had him so on edge he was ready to pee his pants.
What neither man saw, however, was the image in the shadowy darkness squatted behind them, watching them slowly get up and follow the horse tracks still fresh in the mud.
Now that stays in Gus’s POV right until the end where it HAS to come out for one line. I think this is acceptable. The rule about POV was made because it immediately makes an amateur’s writing instantly better, but rules are made to be broken. I think in a case like this, you gain a lot by breaking the POV.
Just my two cents on the matter.
Let me know your thoughts.