Monday, April 6, 2009

Out of Curiousity

One, did I spell that right? Oh well. 

Two ... are you more or less likely to pick up a book that is written in first person? Personally I enjoy IP but I also miss the perspectives of others in the story. I am debating writing first person and I am wobbling on that decision. One good argument could sway me either way. 


Barbara said...

I don't mind when a book is written in the first person, but I do agree sometimes I miss the other characters perspectives as well. Good luck!

Wendy said...

I come from a mystery reading background, so I love and adore first person beyond all reason. I've learned that it tends to make a lot of romance readers twitchy though - to which I reply that they're just not reading "well-written" first person books.

There is nothing on this Earth more satisfying that an author who writes first person well.

Emily said...

Wendy ~ I know, I love a well-written first person book. But a book that isn't done well ... that's scary. I think I am lacking the confidence.

EP said...

I have mixed feelings about first person books. Sometimes, they work for me and I cannot put them down. Other times, they don't. *shrugs* I don't know what makes one work or fail, though.

Keli Gwyn said...

I like third person because I want the hero's perspective. I read a chick lit style romance a few years back that was in first person, and I felt distanced from the hero. I used to feel the same in the sweet, traditional Harlequin's I read as a teen back in the Dark Ages. To me, a vital part was missing.

However, my CP wrote her urban fantasy in first person, and it works well. So, I'd say there's a place for both first and third depending on the genre, the story and the storyteller.