Different Point of Views

It is that time of the week – Discussion Tuesday.

Thoughts, ideas and questions are exchanged from blogger to author; writer to reader and vise versa.
If you missed last weeks discussion about fantasy sub-genres,  it’s never too late.

This week’s discussion is: point of view

The three points of view for any fictional novel is: first, second and third person.

To clarify between them:

  • First person: The immediate point of view from the protagonist telling the story. The story uses ownership phrases such as ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘my’.
  • Second person: This point of view uses the ‘you’, ‘your’ construction to make the reader the protagonist.
  • Third person: The point of view from a narrator that is limited or omniscient.

The difference between omniscient and limited are: protagonist focus.

Classic stories have have the third-person omniscient narrator and it confuses the reader when they jump from one character to another in the same scene. Whereas limited there is a smoother transition between point of view (if you have multiple character p.o.v) with chapter or section breaks.

The point of view I write in is, third person limited.

My preference for reading depends on the genre. If I was to read a fantasy series, I would prefer third-person limited or omniscient because there will be world-building and information to absorb.

As a writer: What is your comfortable point of view?

As a reader: What point of view do you prefer to read?

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4 thoughts on “Different Point of Views

  1. I prefer third person limited. I think in this fashion you are more readily able to leave the reader guessing instead of telling them everything

    • I definitely agree. As the author, you have more control of the relationship between the reader and protagonist.
      Fore-shadowing is a literary device I love and I will be posting more about it, to see what other bloggers and authors think 👍
      Thank you for contributing 😃