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Hey ponies! lets dive into this discussion, on the double! And see what type of narration will reign as champion.
(Or they will both be good in different ways like male and female…)
There are a lot of books in first person these days. mostly contemporary but there is some in other genres.
Pros of First Person in books and Writing
When you’re in first person you are basically living the MCs head.
This connects you even more to the story and to the character. You feel there emotions,thoughts,fears everything. If the MC has a strong narrative voice it also might be easier to see the world.
I guess were kinda like a conscience or what not.
In writing first person, You basely get to ride along with your character as you write. Which it’s really fun because for me it’s kinda like I’m reading a book. It’s also easier to put in thoughts and write exactly what the character is feeling.
Cons of First Person in books
If you don’t like the character reading the book could be hard because your living in their brain. In third person you not in there head and I think it’s easier to deal with (My opinion, by the way. Comment if you think I’m wrong *hint*hint)
Most of the time you only have one narrator.
So if you writing lets say a detective mystery story in first person (detective narrator) You can’t just pop over in the bad guys head just to make suspense and then come back.
This could work in third person but I don’t believe it could work very well.
Alright now we’ve looked at First Person let’s look at its older sister,
Third person is what I think the most popular and oldest narration style. The classic books used a third person type of writing and almost every genre has this type in it.
Pros of Third Person in Books
First off it’s a probably type of writing style. Also you get to be in more than one person head which can be fun and can also mean more suspense or drama. (Aka no sleeping that night…)
It also can sound a little poetic such as third person in medieval fantasy.
You get multiple angles with third person.
You can jump from character to character and it’s more flexible.
Such as if you were writing a YA contemporary were a girl is trying to get on the school cheer leading team you can go from her P.O.V and then you can pop over to the bad guy/gal and add some suspense.
Cons of Third Person
It can sometimes be a harder time to connect to a character.
Also if one narrators P.O.V is better you may feel the urge to just skip over a (I’ve done that before…) and then you miss some important parts in the book which is not the best thing (I’m rambling…)
First off I’ve only written a little in Third Person so if it’s wrong. My apologies (Tell me in comments *hint**hint*)
You have to work harder in getting your reader to connect to your readers because you’re not in the MCS head.
Also not to get a bit rowdy with a ton of P.O.V.S . Multiple P.O.V is written very well. but a 12 P.O.V book….
Is there even a 12 P.O.V book?
So I hope this wasn’t to much of a bore to read and that you hadn’t fallen alseep.
Let’s discuss. What are your views on different narration styles?