We all know that there are rules in writing. Lots and lots of them. Some of which, maybe even most, can be broken IF broken well and purposefully.
So what about the rule of POV in the first chapter? Is it advisable to have the POV belong to a main character? What if it doesn’t? Does the reader feel detoured or distracted?
Here’s why I’m asking: The opening chapter of my WIP introduces a minor character and it is from his POV that the story is introduced, along with the reader’s introduction to the main character. Why would I do this? Mostly because I want the reader to see the major character as the interloper that the rest of the characters will see him as for most of the novel. I am hoping to stage the setting before I introduce the players. Now keep in mind, the main character will take center stage by the end of the first chapter, but is that too late?
I can think of several novels–often thrillers–where the opening POV belongs to a minor, even anonymous character, and somehow we readers understand that the character (especially in a prologue) is merely there to serve as the initial voice of our setting; a narrator, essentially, who may or may not be seen again in the story.
So what say you all, writers and readers. Do you think it’s important to open a novel with a major character’s POV or can you meet him or her later on and still feel connected?