Topic Tuesday: Point of View

topictuesTopic Tuesday: Point of View

I first met a very dear friend of mine—a fellow writer, in fact—when she offered to review Family Magic, book one in the Hayle Coven Novels. She admitted shortly after turning to the first page she felt her stomach sink. First person point of view was her least favorite and she almost stopped reading.

Fortunately, she gave Syd and the coven a chance and ended up being one of my most enthusiastic supporters. Not only does she now love young adult, but she’s given up her instinctual bias against first person.

So, tell me—do you have a preference? Does reading first person make your skin crawl or do you have to read as though you are the main character? Or do you hate third person because there is too much opportunity for the writer to hop around from point of view to point of view?

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  1. I LOVE first person point of view because I enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of the main character. It immerses me in the story more and allows me to lose myself in her world, escaping from the stress and worries of mine for awhile. Thank you for making our beloved Syd such a fascinating character. Actually, let me amend that. Thank you for making all of your characters so multi-faceted and realistic that we come to love them all as if they were real. As you know, I strongly identified with Ethie even though she was not the main character. Don’t change a thing! <3

    • I love first person, too, Dee! Though it’s funny how some characters read better in different voice 🙂

  2. First person drives me nuts! Which is odd because its the characters that control your fingers so if they want their story told in first person it just won’t work any other way. It doesn’t feel right. I do find that I’m less inclined to toss the book at the wall since reading your books Patti, and I couldn’t imagine Syd’s story working any other way. I do like reading from different points of view but I find it difficult when the shift isn’t clearly defined.

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