TSS: First or Third?

sunsalon1This weekend I am working diligently to write 12,000 words so that I’ll be at the halfway point for NaNoWriMo. Everything is about moving forward at this point, about not losing momentum, but it occurred to me that what I am writing might work better from the first person point of view, instead of in the limited third person that it is now. I will move forward without changing it, but I already know that’s one of the major things I’ll have to consider at the end.

Thinking about that made me generally curious, so I thought I would do a sort of informal poll: What point of view do you find yourself enjoying the most? For example, think of your favorite books. Do you lean more toward one kind of narrative voice than another? Do you like it straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, or do you like shifting points of view? How do you feel about (intentionally) unreliable narrators?

I realize all this can depend heavily on the narrative and they story, but I’m just curious. I know writers tend to be very conscious of this point, and I wonder: are readers just as conscious?

Happy Sunday!

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2 comments

  1. That’s funny, my roommate and I just had this discussion. She prefers to read first person and generally likes a book a lot more if it is in the third person. There are some things that I miss when a book is in the first person, like beautiful, poetic descriptions that are generally lost in favor of a voice. But that’s not to say I don’t like first person, because I do, I love it. Both have their place and there are certainly things I miss when I’m reading books in the third person, too. Interesting question!

  2. Lu, thanks for this response! I was very curious just to see if, when considering favorite books, people would realize they had a preference they didn’t even realize they had.

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