First vs. third person

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Post by [Santiago] » 17 Jul 2019, 13:16

The confusion of the literary resources in narration is quite understandable, but looking deeply in the roles of the characters easily solves any ambiguity. Furthermore, the emphasis of the first person in the characters provides a change in the current stream of the story to hold the readers' attention but also is a tool for better development of the round individuals. This way, the privilege is given to such characters in order to grant Sheldon's goal and to add richness to inter-construction of the personalities.

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Post by Bles » 18 Jul 2019, 00:51

I was confused as well because the book was written in both first and third person. This was the first book I read which is written in that manner. I couldn't understand why but we'll, the book was enchanting after all.
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Post by Unielain » 19 Jul 2019, 08:53

It doesn't bother the story's flow. It also highlights the importance of charater which is a good thing when there are multiple point of views. There was one chapter that got me confused, because the narration seemed to change from third to 1st in the middle. But no book is perfect and it was obviously just an editing error.

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Post by SA2090 » 19 Jul 2019, 22:27

I agree that it can make the book confusing, specially when the transition is not smooth. I am glad that the book had great content though.

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Post by Aubrey Lewis » 23 Jul 2019, 11:37

Perhaps it is because of the writing style. I do not, however, appreciate inconsistensies in the perspectives used. If first person is to be used, then it should be first person all the way. The same goes for the third person POV. It only confuses me and distracts me from my reading flow.

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 24 Jul 2019, 01:20

Stories narrated in both the first-person and third-person perspectives can be equally appealing. In this case, the author left readers confused due to the inconsistency in perspective. That made the characters written in first-person narration appear stronger.
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Post by LeeleeByoma » 24 Jul 2019, 03:55

I don't mind having multiple characters narrate a story in the first person, but it is important for their stories to be distinguished so as to avoid any confusion. I find it helpful when the important characters have their own acts or chapters so I know that the perspective is about to change.

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Post by Jacquelyn-63 » 24 Jul 2019, 10:32

I think writing from two different perspectives helps to give a broader scope to the story. That way we can know more about the characters and the things happening around them. The first person viewpoint I think helps with making us feel more attached to the character whose inner feelings are coming out. At least that’s how it is for me.

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Post by DD129 » 25 Jul 2019, 09:32

Multiple viewpoints are a double-edged sword. They can make a story great if done well. If done badly, they interrupt the flow of the story and the reader’s overall enjoyment of it. From my experience, the first person POV allows for a greater understanding of a character because we are able to know their thoughts and feelings on situations at any given time. Maybe the author wanted us to like or connect more with the characters written in first person?

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