The perks of point of view

Do you enjoy holidays with your family? I don’t mean your mom and dad family, but your uncle and aunt and cousin family? Personally, I do. There are several reasons for this.

First, I am very interested and fascinated by how everyone loves each other but no one really likes each other. Second the fights are always the same.



The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story told from the point of view of a damaged teen, sometimes naive and sometimes seeing much more than anyone else around him.

The novel, and particularly the quote above, inspired today’s prompt.

Write about a family fight. Work out who is involved in the fight, decide your setting, time of year and the spark for your row. Tell the story of the fight from a person watching. Develop your own wallflower who knows the characters who are fighting intimately, but is detached either physically or emotionally from the action described. Here’s the next part from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I love this scene.

They usually start when my mom’s dad (my grandfather) finishes his third drink. It is around this time that he starts to talk a lot. My grandfather usually just complains about black people moving into the old neighborhood, and then my sister gets upset at him, and then my grandfather tells her than she doesn’t know what she’s talking about because she lives in the suburbs. And then he says how no one visits him in his retirement home. And finally he starts talking about all of the family’s secrets, like how cousin so-and-so ‘knocked up’ that waitress from the Big Boy. I should probably mention that my grandfather can’t hear very well, so he says all of these things really loud.

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2 Responses to The perks of point of view

  1. Nice passage, and good points! I love the ‘fly on the wall’ narrator. I always think of Nick Carroway from The Great Gatsby. This is the kind of narration that makes the other characters seem more interesting, but in reality, the narrator him or herself is who fascinates me due to his/her astute skills in observation.

  2. Thanks Katherine! We wrote using this prompt yesterday morning and it worked out really well. Perks of a Wallflower is definitely worth a read.

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