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Offline Tiberius

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Point of view
« on: Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 05:44 AM »
Hey guys,

I've got a question for all the great authors and readers out there:
What's your favourite point of view in stories? When you read it and when you write :)
I would love to hear some opinions on that!
« Last Edit: Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 05:48 AM by Tiberius »

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Re: Point of View
« Reply #1 on: Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 09:02 AM »
I prefer the third-person subjective narrative mode, both limited and omniscient variants are fine with me.
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Re: Point of view
« Reply #2 on: Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 08:46 PM »
I agree with Monty. I prefer the third person narrative, although some stories just work better from the first person POV

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Re: Point of view
« Reply #3 on: Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 09:45 PM »
I agree with the others. Third person works best for me I found. That way you can get deeper into your characters' minds and not be limited to just one person. But I love reading first person stories, just can't write them myself.

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Re: Point of view
« Reply #4 on: Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 10:01 PM »
I like first person, present tense to read.  But, it's a bitch to write.

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Re: Point of view
« Reply #5 on: Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 11:58 PM »
thanks so far for all the answers!

@ Montgomery
Is that both for reading and writing?

@ Domino and Jack:
Do you like an omniscent narrator for third person? or do you prefer the limited variant?

@ Ban Sidhe:
for me, first person from Riddick's perspective works for me well with writing, I find it the easiest to write.

So, now I'm gonna give you a bit more info about my question. I'm thinking about experimenting around a bit with points of view and just wanted to hear a bit about what people around here like to write and read.
« Last Edit: Wed, Oct 24, 2012, 12:33 AM by Tiberius »

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Re: Point of view
« Reply #6 on: Wed, Oct 24, 2012, 10:05 AM »
thanks so far for all the answers!

@ Montgomery
Is that both for reading and writing?

Both, even though I've actually written three stories in first person, one of 'em even in present tense, but I prefer reading 'em when they're written in third person narrative past tense.
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Re: Point of view
« Reply #7 on: Wed, Oct 24, 2012, 09:29 PM »
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@ Domino and Jack:
Do you like an omniscent narrator for third person? or do you prefer the limited variant?


Omniscent works best for me.

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Re: Point of view
« Reply #8 on: Wed, Oct 24, 2012, 09:40 PM »
sorry, I'm late to this lol

omniscient third is the one I like best

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Re: Point of view
« Reply #9 on: Thu, Oct 25, 2012, 08:51 PM »
Generally, third person, subjective, unless the writer is a MASTERFUL prose stylist.  Third person omniscient is cool if it's something Stephen Fry could narrate.  First person is often offputting, but I do like it as a way to signal that the text is shifting perspectives.
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Re: Point of view
« Reply #10 on: Fri, Oct 26, 2012, 12:13 AM »
thanks again for all the opinions!
It's really nice and inspiring to read your answers!