A week or two ago, I was watching one of those chef competition shows on the Food Network, Food Network Star. The contestants competed to get their own show on Food Network. They did this by cooking and presenting in front of an audience or on camera.
The last time I watched it, the judges kept talking about point of view. It was funny because I never heard them say "point of view" - they referred to it as POV. That really bugs me. I live with an IT guy who uses abbreviations all the time. I am the translator for the kids.
I'm having issues with POV in my writing, in one piece in particular, so this kind of stuck with me in the back (and sometimes front) of my mind.
On the show, the judges said POV is the way the contestants present themselves to the audience. It really bothered me when they kept telling contestants they need to work on their POV. When one judge asked, "What is your POV?" she got a blank stare. I thought, First person, obviously.
But I knew what they meant - they want the contestants to develop a persona and have a plan to make each of their shows consistent if they won the contest. They don't want the viewers to expect one thing based on a previous show and get another.
I think POV in literature is more complicated than first person or second person. To do it well, it needs to be consistent. When it's not consistent from one chapter to the next or within a chapter, it needs to be controlled.
I read somewhere that POV is the way you tell the story. I really hate vague definitions. This one is vague and encompasses a lot of things that I wouldn't normally include under the heading of POV. Maybe that's why it's difficult. Maybe this is just a bad definition. What do you think?