Confession: I'm disappointed when I settle in for a great fiction read, crack the cover and read first person. Sigh.....
I've asked myself--why is this? And I've only come up with a few reasons:
www.freedigitalphotos.netFirst, I'm in my own head all the time. I want to be in someone else's. I already know my own thoughts and somehow reading in the "I" format just keeps yanking me back to my own head.
Second, I think it's because I prefer to read historical which implies everything already happened in the past. Thus, the telling of the story from a third person allows the reader to join in the story without being too thick in narrative, or telling. First person just feels more present tense to me. JMHO.
Third, it's a flow issue for me. <Squirrel!> It just feels more jerky to read. Maybe since I'm like an ADD reader, I need all the interruptions eliminated! It feels to telling--"I did this, I did that, we went here, we went there, I saw that." Maybe it's just my weird brain matter makeup?
But mostly, it's just personal preference. There is no right or wrong.
So, it's a poll:
What's your preference as a reader--1st vs. 3rd person?
Can you give some examples of your favorite 1st or 3rd person works?
What are your reasons for preference?
Do you think there is a place in the market for both?