Character Perspectives and Evoked Emotion

After reading the first book and The First Look from the Fallacies series, it’s clear that Sean Davis is the true center for the story’s plot. While in The First Look he’s still learning the secrets dominating the story’s schemes, it’s a vague glimpse (in short time-intervals) of the detailed story. So, in book 1, he becomes the object of mystery, affection, protection, and desire — a perfect protagonist with endless conflicts to fuel the story. Why is it then that his story is shadowed by Natalie Matthews?

His girlfriend, who doesn’t know even a fraction of what’s happening around her, doesn’t have the insight into every nook and cranny in the storyline. It makes it difficult for readers to see the overall picture of the plot, and that is exactly the point. It’s not that the intention is to completely mislead the readers. Far from it. The storyline would be straightforward if it were to be told from Sean’s perspective. From Natalie’s, it’s a new world waiting to be discovered. She lives through it alongside readers.

She has more heightened emotions than Sean ever will and she has the talent to pick apart the discrepancies of the circumstances she finds herself in. Just like readers, she pokes holes in the plot. While that may say that the plot itself is inconsistent, it is in fact foolproof. It is intended to be a little misleading. That’s not a mistake, because as readers are misled, so is Natalie. Her emotions are those that can be mirrored by anyone in her position. That’s why there are crystal-clear details and fully-developed dialogue between the characters. The story is intended to connect readers to the characters and give them something to hold onto as they read — fear, curiosity, anticipation, excitement. It’s fiction, but it has realistic merit. Readers have no idea as to where the plot will take them and as such, the character most equipped to take them through the story is one with a fresh set of eyes.

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