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Linda Mooney
July 25th, 2010, 12:53 PM
First Person Narrative
Once you've read the excerpt and discovered a book that sounds promising is written in first person, are you still likely to buy it? Or do books in first person turn you off?

I write all my romances in third person, but I sometimes write my horror in first, because I feel it gets the reader "closer to the blood", per se.

Please tell me what you think. Please vote over at my blog. (http://lindamooney.blogspot.com/) Poll closes next Saturday. Thanks!

July 25th, 2010, 04:59 PM
For me I just can't read a book in first person, it turns me off. But I know lots of people who love it :)

Linda Mooney
July 26th, 2010, 10:15 AM
I remember when I took a creative writing course in college (totally worthless, IMO, because it was more of a "write me an essay about" type of class), we were taught never to write in first person. It's probably why I have a hard time writing in it.

Cara Bristol
July 26th, 2010, 07:27 PM
I voted for "depends on the book." I don't ever recall reading a ROMANCE written in first person. I've read other genres in first person and I like it. I especially like writing in first person. I've written quite a few non romance shorts stories that way. It just depends on how I "hear" it in my head. I remember the first book I ever read that was written in first person. It was Island of the Blue Dolphins. I was 9 years old and I had checked it out of the library. It made what was happening seem so much more REAL to me. I kept thinking to myself, "but I thought this was fiction!"

Linda Mooney
July 26th, 2010, 07:49 PM
Thank you!

July 28th, 2010, 10:47 AM
I voted for "I like them." I'd like to add the caveat that I like them especially if the hero is supposed to be mysterious.

Karen Marie Moning's <em>Fever</em> series is a great example of this. And while not romances, per se, the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series is another example of effective first person pov with the heroine only.

KMM's series does add in some of Jericho Barrons' pov out of necessity when the heroine is not "available" as it were, but the author does a good job of keeping the focus on the heroine so as not to reveal too much about JB.

Linda Mooney
July 28th, 2010, 11:17 AM
I've never read KMM. Thanks for the recommendation!

July 28th, 2010, 11:44 AM
My pleasure! Fair warning though! She builds up to the sex in the <em>Fever</em> series. It's mind blowing, but it doesn't happen in the first book. Totally worth the wait, imo!