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Offline Mark Lawrence

Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2011, 08:30:47 AM »
I write better using first person, but I usually use third. There's always something in another character's head that I need to get to the bottom of. : )



I've discovered (thanks to a rather excellent new book called 'The Salt Road' by Jane Johnson (not a swords and sorcery fantasy, but an exotic adventure)) that you can write in the first person for one character and in the third person for another, and mix threads in fairly equal measure, and despite expectations it really works. It sounds as though she's done something similar to Rothfuss but taken it further. Anyhow, it's a great technique if you can work it!

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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2011, 08:44:10 PM »

I've discovered (thanks to a rather excellent new book called 'The Salt Road' by Jane Johnson (not a swords and sorcery fantasy, but an exotic adventure)) that you can write in the first person for one character and in the third person for another, and mix threads in fairly equal measure, and despite expectations it really works. It sounds as though she's done something similar to Rothfuss but taken it further. Anyhow, it's a great technique if you can work it!
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I will check that out! I first saw that in Diana Gabaldon's books; while there is no explanation as to the switch in POV, it works and no one, as far as I know, has complained. I tried it with my own work, employing the old "journal entry" cheat to get away with it.
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Offline UnforgivingMuse

Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2011, 09:16:54 PM »
Ian Banks's novel, Complicity uses the second person perspective in certain scenes to powerful, and slightly disturbing, effect; drawing the reader into the acts of a twisted killer as if they are complicit in them (hence the title). It's not fantasy or sci-fi, but it's well worth a read just to see how masterfully he achieves this.

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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2011, 12:50:43 AM »


I've discovered (thanks to a rather excellent new book called 'The Salt Road' by Jane Johnson (not a swords and sorcery fantasy, but an exotic adventure)) that you can write in the first person for one character and in the third person for another, and mix threads in fairly equal measure, and despite expectations it really works. It sounds as though she's done something similar to Rothfuss but taken it further. Anyhow, it's a great technique if you can work it!
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By the way, I have realized belatedly that you are the Mark Lawrence whose book is reviewed on this site (I'm a little slow). Just wanted to say I think you have an absolutely stunning cover and congrats on your great review! I am looking forward to seeing your book in print.
Ashley J. Barnard

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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2011, 06:21:41 AM »
I always struggle with third person and first.  I love first person because your readers' really get a feel for the character.  Everything is out on the plate.  You know the character's neuroses in a way that is different from third.  It's more intimate, more intense.  But at the same time, especially in my writing, I don't like sticking to one point of view.  I don't want to just follow around character A but also want to explore character B.  Third person allows you to do this fluidly without having alternate chapters, parts, or even books where you explore each character's reactions etc.  At the same time though, it doesn't always feel as intimate when you are switching between characters.  It can even be annoying if you don't like the character that the author is focusing on. 

So ... in the end I think I like first person better but feel like I get more out of writing third person. 
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« Reply #35 on: June 25, 2019, 05:37:10 PM »
I prefer First person.
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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #36 on: June 25, 2019, 06:06:50 PM »
I don't really mind either way - but one thing I've noticed is that I can't read many 'first person' books in a row, as suddenly I can't remember who's talking anymore :-[
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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #37 on: June 25, 2019, 07:03:23 PM »
I find it easier to write in first person, but only for shorter works. With something longer I get bored with just having one narrator, or feel a need for a wider scope. As a reader, I only really like first person if there's a reason for the person to be telling their own story. for example, if the book is framed as a memoir.
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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2019, 05:01:52 PM »
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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #39 on: June 28, 2019, 12:21:49 AM »
I prefer a mix. A fully first or third person view tends to be monotonous and a mix based on situations should be the norm.
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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #40 on: June 28, 2019, 06:49:39 AM »
I prefer a mix. A fully first or third person view tends to be monotonous and a mix based on situations should be the norm.
I’m with Bender. I prefer a mix. You also get little gems like one I’m reading now, The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, which uses alternating 1st and 3rd person.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #41 on: June 28, 2019, 07:41:17 AM »
I prefer a mix. A fully first or third person view tends to be monotonous and a mix based on situations should be the norm.
I’m with Bender. I prefer a mix. You also get little gems like one I’m reading now, The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, which uses alternating 1st and 3rd person.

Ewwww no. I read a book where they did that once. Just no.

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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
« Reply #42 on: June 29, 2019, 02:54:48 AM »
I prefer a mix. A fully first or third person view tends to be monotonous and a mix based on situations should be the norm.
I’m with Bender. I prefer a mix. You also get little gems like one I’m reading now, The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, which uses alternating 1st and 3rd person.

Ewwww no. I read a book where they did that once. Just no.
If it’s done well, it’s highly enjoyable. Jonathan Stroud did it so well in Amulet of Samarkand that I was about halfway through it before it even registered on me.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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