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Is Limited Third Person Point of View Still My Favorite?

Way, way, way when I first started this blog back in 2015 I wrote a blog about point of views in books. Here in I talked about what kind of point of views there were and what I preferred. It was interesting to read back a blog post that I wrote almost 4 years ago.ย  I certainly would write it differently now. My style has changed a little. I’ve gotten more comfortable with writing and formatting blog posts. Or I like to think so anyway.

So I thought about revisiting this blog post. Not to rewrite it but to look back on what I say is my favorite point of view. And to see if that is something that comes back in my favorite books that I have read since then.

The Favorite

In the blog post I said that limited third person point of view is my favorite kind of point of view. Limited third person point of view is the point of view where we get the story told through the use of she/he/them instead of from the I perspective. The limited part means that what we get to see is limited to what the character we are focusing on knows about. We can’t see in other people’s heads. And we don’t know more than the character.

I love following stories like that and picking up on hints the author leaves behind that the character can see as well. In addition to this I really like reading this point of view with a cast of multiple characters. Preferably where the chapters of one character are clustered together for at least 3 to 5 chapters.

How Do Some of My Favorite Books Hold Up to That

Now I am going to pick out some of my favorite books and see how they hold up to that kind of point of view. Has my preference changed? These will obviously be books read after writing that blog post.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelA Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Pratchett is the ultimate example of omnious third person point of view.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelTimekeeper by Tara Sim
Limited Third Person Point of View

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Limited Multiple Third Person Point of View

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelSorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Limited Multiple Third Person Point of View

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Others by Anne Bishop
Limited Multiple Third Person Point of View

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Limited Multiple Third Person Point of View

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelLockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud
Limited Third Person Point of View

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Limited Multiple Third Person Point of View

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
Limited Multiple Third Person Point of View

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelFoundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
Limited Multiple Third Person Point of View

As you can see most of my favorite books hold up to the limited third person point of view with some multiple voices thrown in. To be fair, omniscient is also not as equally represented and generally is seen with older SF writers (like Terry Pratchett and Douglas Addams). It seems to be a view point that is not quite as popular.

I am still not as drawn to first person point of view, that is clear. I couldn’t name you one favorite that only has the first person point of view.

How is that for you? Do you seem to have a preference for a point of view if you look at your favorites?

 

 

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelAn extra question to you all. Every year I do a book shelf tour and this year I’d like to start that off with any questions you might have regarding my shelves and the books I own. Please fill in any questions here. You can totally leave it as a anonymous question.

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15 thoughts on “Is Limited Third Person Point of View Still My Favorite?

  1. Asked outright, I’d say limited third person was my favourite, but I’ve slowly made my peace with first person (mostly) – and even second (thanks to Alyssa Wong and N K Jemisin). First person is even creeping in if I look at all-time favourite books – although I think this says more about how much I love Lady Trent and Amalia Cornaro than about my thoughts on narrative person ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Yes second is also thanks to Jemisin for me. She did it so well in the Broken Earth. And I don’t mind first person as much if written well (thanks jonathan stroud). Some authors just seem more talented at it than others.

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  2. I do love first person past tense (“I saw a rabbit on my walk.”) but I’m really tired of first person present tense (“I’m walking along when I spot a rabbit.”) Lots of YA books and new writers tend to use it, for some reason.

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  3. Dzju, ik heb nog steeds geen vraag kunnen bedenken voor je bookshelve-tour. Deze blogpost deed me trouwens ook beseffen dat ik doorgaans niet zo hard let op het vertelperspectief van een boek. Ik zou nu bijvoorbeeld al moeten controleren in welk perspectief het vorige boek dat ik las geschreven was. Maar ik heb het idee dat ik niet zo gek ben van het Ik-perspectief omdat een boek dan altijd wat aanvoelt als het lezen van een dagboek.

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