A reader asked me recently about why, in my Deep Purple fics, I usually write from Ian’s POV.

To start with, I’m not sure I really favor his POV over anyone else’s; in “Life” he’s the central character and the fic couldn’t be told from anyone else’s POV and still make any sense. Putting aside my Mk .IV-era fics where Ian doesn’t appear as a character, we have “Cruces Fiction” in which Ritchie is the viewpoint character, and “Practical Magic” which switches between Ian and Ritchie’s POVs, and occasionally other character’s. That leaves only “Joyride”, “Rebels Without Applause”, and “Feliz Stalingrad” as DP fics from Ian’s viewpoint that I conceivably could’ve written to be from Ritchie’s viewpoint. “Joyride” wouldn’t work though, since the whole plot hinges on what Ian assumes about Ritchie, and that wouldn’t work from Ritchie’s POV (or, at least, I’d end up with a totally different fic from what I intended).

Ian is a fun POV to write from, because he’s so easy-going and so confident. He can be something of a monster – so can Ritchie, but Ritchie is the wolf you see coming, whereas Ian is the ravening wolf that comes disguised as this fantasy prince who seems like everything you ever dreamed of. Of the DP guys I write, he is probably the one least likely to second-guess himself, and when he looks back at his own behavior, Ian chuckles at his own misbehavior rather than feeling much regret. The others (at least the ones from who’s viewpoint I will write) all have some negative emotion tinging their narrative – Glenn maybe least of all, but even he has some arrogance and delusion that blind him to the tragedy his addictions are going to manifest in his life. David carries a deep well of hurt and longing around with him, Ritchie is sensitive and prickly and can’t bring himself to really trust anyone and at times he even resents his own inclination to compassion, and even Jon can’t stop himself from hurting people even though he wishes he didn’t.