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3rd or 1st person narratives

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by KingOfAquitaine, 12 Jul 2006.

  1. KingOfAquitaine


    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

    Posts: 312

    Thought I'd start a literary thread lol ^^

    Having just finished reading "Dark Rain" and while not a bad book it has confirmed that I really don't like the 1st person as a narrative tool. The ocasional small chapter maybe, for dramatic effect, but definately not for a whole book.

    Don't like how confined in makes the story, having to be just one character, andit doesnt make me feel more towards said character. Its the fact your stuck with just the information the character has, and given a good novelist can keep you equally in the dark from the third person I don't see the point. I like large narratives with complex plots and intertwing stories not "I went here and I did this". I like the little asides writers do, describing the story-world's history, or flights of randomness, that make a world more immersive and fuller.

    I suppose the 1st person does give some pace, but I feel that only to be a minor thing compared to whats lost

    any opinions
  2. robmiller


    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

    Posts: 16,522

    Location: London

    Depends on the story. Sometimes the confined feeling of a first-person narration adds a personal touch and makes you feel closer to the reader/protagonist, whereas in other stories an omniscient third-person narrator is more effective since it allows you to view the thoughts and feelings of all characters.

    I like free indirect discourse the best, as it lets you experience all character's thoughts and feelings whilst staying close to one character in particular (see 1984).
  3. Wryel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,663

    Think about how the story would have read if you knew things before the main character did, it would change how the book reads completely. Sometimes it makes for a better story depending on what is being told.
  4. reflex

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,609

    Location: Bideford/swansea uni

    I prefer first person novels such as;

    the cement garden by mcewan and catcher in the rye by j.d salinger
    or even the colour purple by walker

    3rd person are ok its just theres usually a 'gap' seperating you from the character which (for me) makes it harder to engage.
  5. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

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    Location: Wish i was in .Lethal's house

    Bill Byson is great at First person narrative, pacticaclly all his book is like that and they are great.