Booking Through Thursday: It’s Personal

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This is my first “meme” for the blog. Hosted by www.btt2.wordpress.com.

Question: Do you have a preference between “person” in the books you read? Do you prefer third-person to first-person? Or don’t you care?

And … why??

While 3rd person POV doesn’t bother me in a story, I really prefer 1st person POV. I especially love multiple 1st person POVs.

I feel like 1st person makes it easier to establish a connection between the reader and the character. Where 3rd person can tell you how any given character thinks or feels, 1st person allows you to experience it right along with them. If done well, I enjoy the “stream of consciousness” type of style that you just can’t get in a 3rd person view.

I understand that 1st person can limit the story, only being able to experience what the character experiences. That’s why I love multiple 1st person views. You get to establish that connection with more than one character and it helps move the story along.

One thing I can’t stand, though, is 1st person for the main character, interspersed with 3rd person to show other characters. I don’t know why, but that feels like cheating to me.

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5 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: It’s Personal

  1. I always struggle with shifting points of view. It can be hard enough to follow a big cast of characters, let alone when you change the POV. Like you, I prefer that multiple characters all use first- or third-person, though. Changing people and person is just mean (and linguistically tricky).

  2. Without giving it much thought, I have simply fallen into the first person POV in my books.
    As I write, I see through the main character’s eyes and describe what he or she sees, feels, hears, smells, and thinks. Of course, there are times when third person is easier. I have written pages of a book before realizing that the main character would not know about what I had written. It makes for some painful editing! I definitely agree that a change in POV within the story can be a bit jarring.

  3. I like consistency too. Each pov style has clear benefits and drawbacks. For me, when an author tries to integrate two really different styles such as 1st person narrative and 3rd person omniscient, it can come across as messy and poorly conceived. Here’s mine Backchatting Books BTT

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