A friend and I were chatting today and he commented something to the effect that I like a pov that involves the reader, that puts the reader in the middle of the action verses one that sorta leaves the reader on the outside looking in.
And I had to admit he's very right. When I read a book, I want to be smack dab in the middle of the action. I want to feel the wind blowing, smell the smoke, hear the birds chirping or whatever is happening in the scene. I want to be taking part of the Main Character's adventure.
And isn't that why most people read? They (I) want to forget the jog, any troubles, the laundry and dishes for just a bit and live in someone else's world.
I think one reason mystery stories are so popular is because the bad guy gets what he deserves and good triumphs over evil.
Same thing with romance, there's a happy ever after ending that often the reader might not have.
Fantasy and science fiction take us out of our mundane daily grind and takes us to new worlds and adventures.
So, the question is, how do we apply this knowledge to our own writing? I think it's a matter of being aware of the reader as we revise, that for a moment we look at our story not with the eyes of a writer but with the eyes of a reader.
What about y'all? Do you want to be in the middle of the action or do you prefer the sidelines when you read?