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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

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Location: WNY, USA

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Posted:I was just reading on a publisher submission guideline page that they only accept submissions which are written in the 3rd person because "studies and sales have shown this is preferred by readers over 1st person perspective."

I'd never thought about it before to tell you the truth.
And now that I am, I think I prefer 1st person because it allows me to be in the main character's head.

Though I see the virtue of 3rd person because it offers a broader range of vision into the story.

I think that, as a writer, this is important to know.
The site didn't give any links to studies or anything, and I know that the authors I enjoy reading are of both perspectives, so I thought I'd ask others.

Which perspective do you prefer to read and why?

Thanks!:)


Pele
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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

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Posted:Generally, I prefer third person, however, I do think there is a place for 1st person within fiction.



For instance, I read Frankenstien (Mary Shelley), not too long ago, and although its possibly one of the harder books I've read the part that I really enjoyed was the bit where Frankenstien's monster describes how he learnt about language and humans, all in first person. It worked brilliantly in that bit, and was possibly one of the best sections of a book I ever read, worth the effort of the rest of it!



So I think it depends on context.


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Skatto
GOLD Member since Jan 2007

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Posted:I prefer both reading and writing in third person when writing/reading stories. It just feels smoother to me and more natural than writing "I did this and thought that. I opened the door and swallowed huge blob of phlegm - I was nervous." It just doesnt feel right to me.

I prefer describing the scenes, atmosphere, surroundings and people as a sort of spectator - i.e. third person. It flows easily and is more comfortable to read but I think it is purely a matter of preference.

The only book I really enjoyed in first-person was The Rik Maylls. wink But thats not a fiction book its complete and utter truth!

First person fiction writing can be done effectively, but I do not enjoy it as much as third person; both as a writer and as a reader.

Just me though. biggrin


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BEZERKER


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Posted:I enjoy (and have enjoyed) both depending on the book and the story being told.

Boo and phooey to preference over either by publishers.


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Neser
GOLD Member since Dec 2005

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Posted:I find it varies for me.

Sometimes, when writing, I like to write in 1st person because you're seeing it from THEIR view. And there may be some things that you want to hide from the reader/main character. Things that they have to discover later.

Writing in 3rd person though, you're able to explore the enviroment more.

I honestly dont mind which to read. I'll happily read 1st person and 3rd peson. Either can go into descriptive detail, however 1st person would give you a better perspective on the main characters view.

Just my thoughts.

~ Neser


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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

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Posted:I think it is very interesting where no one is really saying they prefer 1st. It's either an "I don't care" or it's 3rd. Huh.

I would never have guessed that.

Thanks so much everyone, and if anyone has any more thoughts or opinions, I am still interested! smile


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