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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

deva_fagan
Jun. 14th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
That's very interesting! And the good thing is, hopefully now you can be more sure about the third-person choice. Something like that happened to me with the circus book too -- tried it in first, wasn't sure it was working, went to third, nope, back to first.

Really, it all does boil down to what works for a specific book. I definitely do wish there were more clear cut rules sometimes, but I think what I really need to do is learn better how to understand the books themselves and the story they are trying to tell.

My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
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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