First Person Narrative vs Third Person Narrative

Hi guys!

Today I want to talk about different narrative perspectives.

There are different types of narrative. One is known as first person (I) and another is third person (he/she). There is also a narrative called second person (you) where the writer speaks directly to the reader.

I’ve read a couple second perspective books, usually written by Jodi Picoult whose theme is based on family issues and courtroom drama and while they had me hooked I am a reader who prefers novels written in the first person.

Don’t get me wrong I like novels written in the third person as well. It’s just with a first person novel you can become that character and feel what they feel. With third person I always feel shielded from the action and that I’m being told things that would come across better being shown .

It’s forever being debated about which one is better. Truth is, there’s no winner. They’re both great. One will be better suited to your book then the other.

With my preference being first person it means I write in the first person. I like giving my reader the chance to be someone else and as a way to escape.
And it’s the perspective that I’m good at writing. I tried writing in third person and it just ended up one, big wonderful confused mess.

The reasons for writing in third person differ. Many people write I know choose third person because they have a vast amount of characters or multiple point of views. 

Pandora’s Kiss features three main characters that interlink throughout the story. 

I disagree that a third person book should only be used because there’s too many characters or there are multiple point of views.  Yes, you get to know the character from what you’re told but you don’t get to know them intimately. That’s just my two cents worth, though and other people will think differently. 🙂

What perspective do you like the most and why?


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