As usual I've begun my annual reading of The Lord of The Rings, and with it I've had some questions pop up in my head. Seeing as though you all have great insight into these things, I've decided to bring the question(s) to you! As I'm rereading the LoTR I can't help but get caught up in the charm of the book, which made me wonder, "why?" Is it the POV, the "classical" writing style, the familiar setting and cast of characters? Do people really like the third-person omniscient POV anymore? Are there any modern-day authors that can pull this off?
After reading the ASoIaF series I was left feeling great, craving more of the story--but I realized as time went by that I did not cherish the series as I did LoTR. The Third-Person POV is nice for getting into the heads of the characters, but is it enough? This series seemed more like a TV series where I cared more about the characters than any type of plot. LoTR is just the opposite, although the characters are vital to the story. I want to get lost in the world of Middle-Earth, but Westeros doesn't really interest me as much.
Which Point-of-View do you prefer to read the most and why?
Which Point-of-View do you prefer to write in and why?
I began my novel-in-progress in third-person past-tense POV because it seemed the most comfortable to write in and the most popular currently. But it doesn't quite have that "charm". Is it just because the work as a whole is not completed? Is it just a lack of skill?
What are your thoughts?