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Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 5:27 pm
by Ingomayethu
Hey!

Workshopping people's preferences on an issue I've encountered when writing in third-limited animal POVs - how realistic do you need the POV to be in order to suspend disbelief?

Specifically, if I have a few chapters in a novel that are told from the 3rd limited perspective of a wolf, do you expect a colorblind view of the world? No reds and greens? I've put a lot of effort into conceptualizing the world primarily through smell and sound cues, but there are instances where I'm very tempted to describe things in color, and one plot point that is dependent on the redness of an object, and it just occurred to me that a wolf would not actually be able to tell the difference between red and green. Would it be jarring for you as a reader to have a wolf notice redness?

Also, I'm generally curious about people's experiences when writing xenofiction / animal POVs. What challenges/problems have you encountered and how did you get around them? How much biological realism do you aim for? I'm guessing it varies based on where your writing is on the anthropomorphism spectrum, but I thought it would be fun to share and learn from other trans-species writers! :lol:

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 6:44 am
by Terra
Well, when you anthropomorphize something, you ascribe human features to it. Humans can differentiate between red and green so therefore, no, it wouldn't be jarring to me at all.

Just my opinion. :)

Terra

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 7:55 pm
by Noizchild
This topic is interesting. I might have to try it out some time.

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 6:17 pm
by Rosedarling
I have a project with unique birds creatures and I gave them certain human characteristics. Perhaps this is because when I've had pets I spoke with them as if they had human qualities. Just saying.

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 8:43 pm
by Noizchild

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 11:25 pm
by Rosedarling

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:44 am
by jackitaylor

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:36 am
by williamadams

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 6:24 pm
by Rosedarling

Re: Animal POV Problems

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:53 pm
by Noizchild