Re: RARA-AVIS: 1st & 3rd

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 23 May 2002

At 12:38 PM 5/23/02 -0700, you wrote:
><<Incidentally, I know two people who won't read what they
>call "I" novels.>>
>The danger is that the author become too identified with
>the protagonist who tells the story. It would be very
>interesting (to me, if to no-one else) to see a Spenser
>novel in the third person. I think Parker, who can surely
>write in any person with total ease, should try it.
>First person also seems to lead to a lot of filler
>dialogue, which I find annoying.
>I know for sure that Westlake's Parker novels would not
>work in the first person. The character could not preserve
>his mystique.

My novel (my first) is in the first person, and my experience is that writing in the first person is far more challenging than than writing in the third person. Besides, sometimes it just fits.:)

Just my two cents.;)


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