I'm really drawn to first person narratives, in that way that a lot of YA writers tend to be. There's something about the immediacy of being dropped into someone's brain that coincides really well with the immediacy of the teenage experience. Everything is so here and now and me and my life when you're a teenager that sometimes third person can feel too distant. You need to be there, with the character, thinking her thoughts right alongside her. You need that rush of emotion that comes with standing on the edge of the world at fourteen or fifteen or sixteen and believing that you are as vast as an ocean and that everything is possible and that there is nothing you will not do in your life. First person puts you right there, eyes wide and lungs filled, blood pumping hard.
That isn't to say that there's anything wrong with third person. (Although - slight digression - have you ever thought about how strange third person is as a storytelling device? It's so common that we take it for granted, but really, think about it: someone is telling you a story about other people, and dipping into their heads at will to tell you what they're thinking, and - in the case of omniscient narration - jumping from place to place to report back about what's going on in other places and in other people's heads. I mean - WHO IS THIS NARRATOR?? Is he magic? Is he telepathic? How does he know so much about what all these different people are thinking? It's quite rare that books answer that question - typically third person narrators aren't identified. I'm just saying. It's strange.)
Ahem. But as I was saying: there's nothing wrong with third person. I've actually been writing so much in first that I'm starting to crave writing third just to do something different. But I understand the YA love for first. "I" is the embodiment of the teenage experience.
How about you - do you find yourself writing in one POV more frequently than another? Anyone want to make an impassioned case for third?
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