Welcome to another Booking Through Thursday: our opportunity to explore bookish topics.
Do you have a preference between “person” in the books you read? Do you prefer third-person to first-person? Or don’t you care?
And … why??
I’ve been thinking about that very thing lately. It didn’t matter to me for years…and then suddenly, I started realizing that I connected to the characters more when at least one of them spoke to me in the first person voice.
Yes, it’s like I’m inside that character’s head.
The other characters can “speak” in third person, but with one of them in first person, I feel as though I have the inside track.
Sometimes I like having alternating first person voice. Last month, I read a book about twins, and in this book, the author chose first person for only one of them. I realized that, as I neared the end, I really disliked the other twin. And then it hit me! I needed her perspective to balance things out.
Here’s the book and my review: Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld. (Click for review)
Here’s an excerpt from the review: “Narrated in Kate’s first person voice, we see everything from her perspective, and because it seems as though Vi is the weirdest, most annoying person in the universe, it is suddenly clear to me that what is missing from this rambling tale, with its numerous flashbacks, is Vi’s perspective. I would have enjoyed seeing a second narrator (Vi) to lend a little balance to Sisterland: A Novel.”
So what do you think? Interesting topic, isn’t it? Come on by and chat.