When you're reading fiction, what point of view do you prefer?
|19 votes
First person (I)
5%
Second person (you)
0%
Third person (he/she)
37%
Who cares? Just give me a good story!
58%
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Published: December 8, 2014
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Haha, I see I am the only one who votes for first person. I actually think that it's the most "intimate" POV which draws the reader in and allows for very efficient characterisation. And then there's the unreliable narrator thing, my favourite!
Actually I long meant to ask you if you ever considered doing first-person, because when I was reading your stories, I thought that it could work awesomely with your fast-paced style and the way you weave funny moments in.
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kittenwyldeHobbyist Digital Artist
So I read this first at work, to see if the new mobile site worked yet (it does), and within a couple hours my brain was trying to present me with assorted first-person story ideas. I'm a bit susceptible to the power of suggestion...
Yes, I write in first person occasionally. With Honor, One Night Stand, and a few (old) fanfic stories are in first. But mostly I don't, because I've spent the last several years trying to develop complex plots, and that works best in my favorite pov, third limited omniscient. The story that's currently eating my life is in first, and it's driving me bonkers, because it keeps getting bigger and growing more subplots that the narrator doesn't know about until they explode in his face. Think I'm going to have to bend the rules a bit, and do a split pov thing: first for the narrator, third for the subplots.
*does happy dance because someone reads my stories* :shuffelin: (I know they sell, but I haven't heard more than a few little peeps of feedback since I stopped writing fanfic to concentrate on original.)
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I wonder if dA having a new mobile means that it will stop working completely in my Java-based Opera Mini on my 2009 Nokia 3110... XD

Hmmmm, you shouldn't have told me that! =D I may well start suggesting something else...

You used to write fanfic? Could I ask what fandom it was?

Rules? What rules? Are there rules? Right now one of my all-time favourite Russian authors Oleg Divov is working on a space opera detective saga (with a plot as crazy complex as it gets). The first couple of novels were 100% first-person, and the narrator lady is as unreliable as it gets; then he introduced limited third-person detours, but not for subplots per se (the majority of them are still only referenced in various ways for the reader to piece together themselves) - he also uses it to show a different outlook on things (and yet, it can't be said for sure that it's the "real" situation because the third-person stuff is still filtered through a yet another character, although indirectly). I think this is a damn neat way of writing - especially because it allows the author to showcase technique when writing two different voices/styles, one for the first-person, the other for the third.

A dire lack of feedback is a curse of each and every professional writer, it seems. At least, those Russian writers whom I've spoken to or who post "personal" stuff in their blogs, they quite often feel very sad about this. One lady told me, "The readers must be thinking that authors already get tons of fan mail every day, and so nobody ever bothers to write anything".
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kittenwyldeHobbyist Digital Artist
I think I used to have the same phone as you... Used Opera Mini on it, too. Tough little thing, survived me and all the abuse I heap upon my phones for a long time.
Um, fanfic. Probably nothing you read, or you'd know me already. :D sithkitten.net (yes, the entry page design sucks rocks, but I like it that way). Battlestar Galactica (original series), Jeremiah, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, assorted other fandoms that become increasingly obscure... and fair warning, a lot of it sucks, because it's what I did to learn how to write. Online classes + tons of fanfic + assorted contests + a couple short story sales = enough confidence to take on Original Fiction. Wow
And yes, I agree with the author you quoted. Because if that's not what people are really thinking, then it's a horribly sad thing to see that pathetic little empty inbox and the embarrassing lack of comments. At least, that's what happens on my blog... I know people read it, but nobody except one of my friends from the slash fanfic days ever says anything.
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The design is quite... nostalgic. Very 90s. Like an 8bit platformer, it has its charm =)
And I don't think it's possible to know every professional writer who ever did SW, let alone all the fanfic writers! So I will definitely take a closer look when I have more time =) I looked at the Farscape section first cuz omg rare, and wow, that Chiana/Jool piece is sweet.
Most people these days only say anything when they want to start a holy war. Which is boring IMO.
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Thanks! Glad you liked it, both design and fic. And oddly enough, I'm not known for SW, it's the BSG... I hosted the archive "By Your Command" for years, after it ran into ToS issues somewhere else.
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BSG is one of those shows I could never get into. Maybe it's because there aren't that many cute and multicoloured "alien aliens" in there, if at all =)
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Well, the Ovions are rather multicolored, but they sure ain't cute! :D
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