“The truth is, I hate not being the first person narrator all the way through! To paraphrase David Copperfield, I don’t know whether I’m the hero or the victim of this tale. But either way, shouldn’t I dominate it?”
―The Queen of the Damned
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for third-person point-of-view and the old-fashioned feel of it. It gives me the feeling of sitting in front of a fire and telling a story to a group of enthralled listeners.
But what about first-person – perhaps the most commonly used point-of-view in contemporary fiction?
Frankly, I never employ first-person in my fiction. That’s for a lot of reasons (mostly because it feels too limiting for my writing sensibilities). But maybe I need to open my mind and probe a little deeper about first-person. Let’s take a closer look at first-person and tease out the good and the bad.
What do you like or dislike about first-person pov? Do you regularly use it in your stories?