First-person perspective is kind of like cheese: Sorry for the pun.
Two aspects of first person narration really make this POV shine for me. The first is voice. While all stories have the opportunity to showcase voice, first person narratives, by their very nature, allow for voice to define character. They way a character tells the story should reflect their personality.
The other feature of first person narration which I love, and which is a little odd, is the concept of the unreliable narrator. Perhaps they are blinded by their own biases or perhaps they are hiding something out of shame.
I suppose I like these because, again, when well written, they reward close reading.
The story should show us the gaps in the narrative, the divisions from the truth, and this sheds more light on both the character and on the truth at the same time.
In some cases, first person narrators in fantasy are called upon to do more work than in a contemporary literary piece.
Not only do they have to tell the story, but they have to reveal aspects of the setting, illuminating the worldbuilding and, hopefully, do so without slowing things down or dumping large chunks of exposition on us.
Using voice, and often good research, such narrators can speak with authority, convincing us that they know their own worlds and help make them real for us. First person narration in fantasy is often found in urban fantasy, drawing inspiration from hard-boiled detective stories in some cases, but it can be found across the fantasy landscape.
Here, then, are a list of my favorite examples of first person narratives in fantasy: And while the second series pales in comparison to the first, both employ first person narrators.
The narrator of the first series is Corwin, one of the finest unreliable narrators in fiction. When the first book, Nine Princes in Amber, opens, Corwin is suffering from amnesia. He wakes up in a medical clinic and from there starts a journey to get his memory back. I felt like the dee-jay of your choice.
Conjure with it and I will eat your heart and liver. Like Corwin, Vlad leads us with his personality, a human assassin who lives in a sword and sorcery world dominated by Elves called Dragaerans. Over the course of 13 books now, Vlad grows and changes, starting as an assassin and witch, and becoming a fugitive, wanderer, soldier and hero.
More than Corwin, Vlad has a sense of humor and is more of a wisecracker. And where Corwin is of high birth, Vlad, though respected in his community, comes from the lower parts of his society by being a human, an Easterner.
Those who believe in her say she has lived ten thousand years some say twenty.
Others say she is a myth. Call her life unnatural, feel her undead breath. Color her black for sorcery, color her gray for death. She smiled at me. We were all friends here.
Aliera carried Pathfinder, which they say served a power higher than the Empire. Sethra carried Iceflame, which embodied within it the power of Dzur Mountain.
I carried myself rather well, thank you. Harry Dresden is a wizard and PI in modern-day Chicago.Pros and Cons of first and third person by Marissa Question: I am pretty much % sure that my book is going to be in first person because it seems to work the best that way and I'm not exactly sure how to write in third person.
mixing first and third person POV.
by chynna (Philippines) Question: I'm just curious whether or not it's okay to mix the first person and third person POV in a novel? I mostly write in third person, though I do have a project I am going to be writing in first person because to me first person better fits the story.
Other projects I am writing in third person because I have so much going on in the story it is better to do that. First person POV refers to the I, we, me, my, mine, us narrator, often the voice of the heroic character or a constant companion of the heroic character.
There I . I like writing in the first person because it feels better, its easier. I see the advantages of third, but I find i get a little more discouraged with it because it .
James Paterson writes using first person in one chapter and 3rd person in another. Some of the chapters use both first and third blended .