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Prompts: What kinds of narration do you prefer? First person? Third person objective? Third person omniscient? Third person limited? What are the pros and cons of different kinds of narration? (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)
I never used to consider narration very much, with the exception that I was not found of too many POVs. I was okay with first person and third person limited, preferring a single POV. It wasn’t until I recently started reading again and grabbed a romance book that I finally took notice. The romances I read usually feature dual POVs in third person limited. It was jarring at first because I wasn’t used to the second POV. When it comes to romances, I’ve become to accustomed to third person limited with two POVs. In my fantasies (heh…), I prefer single POV and either first person or third person limited is fine.
First person and third person limited are very similar to one another. Readers are confined to the perspective of a single character as well as that character’s knowledge and experience. It’s also possible that first people can allow for emotional connections, but my experience has been that this also happens with third person limited.
Having multiple POVs allows for greater perspective and the ability to have a rounder idea of what is happening. When the second narrator is absent in a romance, I sometimes feel like I’m missing out on elements of a story. I’ve become so accustomed to seeing the other side that it can sometimes affect the overall feelings I have toward a book if it’s left out. On the other hand, I don’t feel the same way about fantasies. I like experiencing a single character’s feelings and perspective.
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