When it comes to points of view in books, do you prefer first or third? And what the heck is second person? Have you read a book in second person?
I think it really depends on the type of book for me to like the third or first person perspective. Some books are really well done in first person and you the reader really get a good feel for the main character. I also enjoy first person in POV changes so you get inside the mind of both/each character. Sometimes though when the main character is annoying as hell, that first person perspective makes it even worse. Third person gives you a bit of a distance from the main character and the narrator can keep secrets from us the reader. Third person narrative can share the thoughts of other characters as often as those of the main character, so we can get a little more information that way. I don’t think I’ve ever read a second person narrative. That would be an interesting experience.
I once recommended a book to my cousin on the basis that she loved one of my favorite novels, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I recommended she read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Guess what? She hated Outlander! Can you believe that? I was so surprised. She said the biggest thing about Outlander that she just couldn’t get past is that it was written in first person. The Bronze Horseman is written in third person. I was shocked. I have heard of people having preference, but her prejudice of my favorite book of all time seemed a little out of line. I mean I typically prefer first person point of view. I feel like I get to know the character better if I am reading the story in first person. I think first person feels more authentic and like the narrator is more honest and trustworthy. However, I am not adverse to third person. Sometimes third person is a better choice for a novel and that is okay. Third person allows the reader to perhaps see more what motivates a character than what first person does. Sometimes the reader knows the third person character better that that character knows herself! As for second person… I am always confused by this. I read Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher and that is about as close to second person as I think I have ever encountered in a novel. What about you? What is your preference?