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    Favorite point of view in novels

    first person, or third person omniscience?

    just curious!

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    i used to be violently anti-first-person-- so much so that I'd read the first page and would put down the book if it was. I have since grown to enjoy really GOOD first person books (and blogs!), but still prefer the third person omnicient in most novels.

    what about you?

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    I like all views, but only if the author is good at sticking to it.

    For instance, it really irritates me to read a book in third person and then be told what the character is thinking. Argh!!!

    I seem to really like first person if I can really relate to the character, then I get really absorbed in the book.

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    i like both, depending on the book.

    and that is such a great point about third person, and then being told what the character is thinking. i've heard that before, that it bugs people. i see it in books all the time, but i heard it s a big no-no...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slinkster
    For instance, it really irritates me to read a book in third person and then be told what the character is thinking. Argh!!!
    That completely irritates me, too!!

    I really prefer first person books, though. I like the feeling that I am the "I" in the novel and can get lost in the book (and my little fantasy world :P) a bit easier.

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    I like third person, but angled a bit so as to seem like you are reading about one character from the viewpoint of another character.

    First person can be okay, as long as it's not too diary-like.

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    'third person' the best.

    I also love a good 'first person' book if it is told well and a real good memoir.

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    i thought that "third person omniscient" allowed for the omnicient narrator to know how a character is feeling? i am rusty on my writing class basic rules, though.

    clearly if it sticks out as inconsistent, and not an artistic choice, it is badly done!

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    I prefer first person, but I get especially annoyed when I find someone's made a movie from a book and doesn't make it a first person point of view. How can we know what we know from the book and reach the same conclusion in the movie by not knowing it. Does that make sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by belleepoque
    i thought that "third person omniscient" allowed for the omnicient narrator to know how a character is feeling? i am rusty on my writing class basic rules, though.

    clearly if it sticks out as inconsistent, and not an artistic choice, it is badly done!
    You are very right on the "third person omniscient"...but it still irritates me. But mostly when it is just plain badly done.


 
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