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Because I'm curious today... POV

Assume by 3rd person I mean limited (only one character's head at a time). I realize this is somewhat over-simplifying, but if you happen to love 2nd person narratives or omniscient, feel free to express that in the comments. :)

As readers:

Poll #1412246 The POV poll

Do you find your enjoyment of a book is noticably affected by the POV?

Yes, I prefer reading books written in 1st person ("I...").
9(23.7%)
Yes, I prefer reading books written in 3rd person ("S/He...").
8(21.1%)
No, all other things being equal I enjoy reading both 1st and 3rd.
21(55.3%)

If you have a POV preference, how much does it affect your reading decisions?

I only read books written in my preferred POV.
0(0.0%)
I will try books in the other POV, but only if they come highly recommended.
4(16.0%)
I read more books in my preferred POV, but pick up quite a few others as well.
3(12.0%)
I choose books without worrying about the POV, but I find I usually like the ones with my preferred POV better.
18(72.0%)


And for the writers:

Poll #1412247 Writing POV poll

Do you prefer writing one type of POV over the other?

Yes, I prefer writing in 1st person.
15(46.9%)
Yes, I prefer writing in 3rd person
10(31.2%)
No, I enjoy writing in both POVs equally.
7(21.9%)

If you have a POV preference, how much does it affect what you write?

I only write stories in my preferred POV.
6(21.4%)
I mostly write stories in my preferred POV, but every now and then a story insists on being different.
16(57.1%)
I write stories in all sorts of POVs, but I enjoy writing the ones in my preferred POV more.
6(21.4%)


Thank you for indulging my curiosity!

Comments

skutir
Jun. 7th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
One can argue that all stories are in the first person, it's just that sometimes the narrator is invisible and nameless. It makes sense to an extent; the third person narrator has a voice and a presence in the book, often is a kind of character. Sometimes writers push the boundaries between the two; in kids lit, for example, Lemony Snicket is a character with a very strong voice who has fleeting moments in the story. There's also a book in "third person" by Kurt Vonnegut where the main character sees a guy at the bar, and KV says "that was me, the author of this story."
megancrewe
Jun. 7th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, but I did say I was simplifying. :P I suppose I would clarify it as "the POV of the main character" being 1st or 3rd, which is what people generally mean.

I do love that moment in BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS. :)

My Books


Earth & Sky
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Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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