I’m currently reading a book that’s told from the point of view of the heroine. This is the third book in a row that’s written in first-person and it got me wondering if it’s a just coincidence, or if there are, in fact, more books being published that feature a first-person POV. I will admit that yesterday I tweeted that I prefer stories told in third-person, which is the standard for most fiction nowadays, but there are many books that I’ve read — and enjoyed — that are written from the main character’s viewpoint. First example that comes to mind is Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (one of my favorite series). Like those books, there are some stories that just have to be told in first-person (Plum is a riot, and reminiscent of that clumsy, crazy friend we all have), and are delivered effectively that way. However, there are also stories where I find the main character’s personality too grating or unlikeable and I just can’t get on board with hearing them tell the story. In those instances, I believe the narrative would have been much better off in third-person.
But, if you’re an avid reader like me, you also know that first- and third-person are not the only narrative options out there. There’s also second-person POV, alternating POV, not to mention third-person omniscient and third-person subjective… The list goes on and on. I’m not saying that stories told in third-person are better than those that feature first-person POV; there are pros and cons for both options. For instance, first-person allows you to really connect with the main character and experience their emotions right along with him/her, while third-person gives you insight into the motives and actions of all characters.
Now, before I get too third grade grammar teacher, I’ll turn the spotlight on you, dear reader — those who are still with me, that is. Today’s ROAMING QUESTION is brought to you in poll form. Aren’t you lucky!