Welcome to the first weekend of Yakkety Yak Sunday Chat. Sunday’s will become a day were we talk about things that bother us, trends we see, or just about anything we want to say. So, let’s get too it!
As you grow up and learn through years of English class, you know there are three types of voices: first, second and third. First person is when you reference yourself as I, me, mine, etc. Second is when you use you and yours. Finally, third person is when you use he, she, them, they. Easy to understand, I think?
Through the years, I don’t know if I ever paid attention to the voice used in a story. It just never crossed my mind until I read the Twilight series several years ago and was turned off right away with only seeing into Bella’s mind. It irritated me to no end just how you only got to be in her head the entire story and I got tired of how selfish I really thought she was. Well, this isn’t a review of Twilight, so I am not going to go into it more than to say I am not a fan of the series.
Ever since Twilight though, I have not been able to enjoy a book written in first person. Some novels get around only having one person’s thoughts be part of the story by changing the person each chapter. This is slightly better, but still, I just don’t like it. Why do authors do this? Are they retelling a story of something in their lives? Is it the only way they can get into the characters head is to make themselves to be the character? Why?
Recently I read a harsh story of blackmail. You only saw the side of the person being blackmailed, which I ended up feeling empathy for. But more than that, I wanted to know what was driving the blackmailer? What was he hoping to accomplish? Did he have feelings for her? Was he just using her? I became bored listening to her go on and on about what she was being forced to do. Yes, it was bad, but why was he doing it? So over the course of the story, I started to lose any sympathy for her. I just became numb to the fact he was doing something again and she didn’t like it.
Just like eating the same ice cream, every day, for 20 years, reading the thoughts of one person gets boring. You only see the scenes where the one person is involved. You don’t get a description generally of what that person looks like unless they are talking about themselves. Hard to throw in you have blond hair and blue eyes or a birth mark on your hip without it seeming a little weird at times.
What I have found is that there are several plots generally to the book. It’s harder to see the underlying plots of the bad guy or the love interest if all you see or hear is the perspective of one person. I want to see the intrigue of a story, the underlying plots that are just waiting surprise you with their meaning.
This isn’t an essay on why or why not to use a certain point of view. I just wanted to express my feelings on why I don’t care for first person views. Nothing turns me off a book faster than opening the book and seeing I every other line. Just my thoughts.
What do you think? Let’s chat about it. Maybe I am missing something important here?
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