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3rd and 1st person perspectives

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Garren Jacobsen, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. Hello all:

    I am planning a story that utilizes both third and first person perspectives (kind of like Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear). I was wondering if there were any other fantasy novels that use this format, so I can check out the styles to see what works and what doesn't.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    It's YA Fantasy, if that makes a difference, but P.C. And Kristin Cast's House of Night books present narration of the main character in first person, and the narratives of multiple secondary characters each in third person.
     
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  3. Mythopoet

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    A good example of how NOT to do it (in my opinion) is The Magic of Recluce by L. E. Modesitt. Most of the book is the main character's first person narrative. But every once in a while there's a chapter stuck in without any warning in third person omniscient. I found it jarring.
     
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  4. acapes

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    Hey Brian, The Immortal Prince by Jennifer Fallon uses the switch.

    Mostly in written third, but a principle character has his flashbacks basically not as flashbacks, but rather as 1st person chapters.
     
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