I’m still a little confused about the point of view in Chin’s book. It’s from Donald’s perspective and we know his thoughts and opinions, but it’s written in third person. Is there a specific term for this kind of point of view? Is it third person omniscient even though we only know the feelings and thoughts of one of the characters instead of all of them? Thanks!

Question about Chin: POV

2 thoughts on “Question about Chin: POV

  • September 10, 2019 at 1:31 am

    I think it’s called third person limited, basically just like first person limited in scope of what we know but using third person pronouns instead. I had a friend recently tell me that first person pov annoyed her deeply? I’m not sure why but maybe people find third person limited less grating? I like all the povs myself so I was really surprised to hear many people harbour such a strong dislike for first person.

  • September 10, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    A lot of people don’t like first person because it is generally associated with younger or immature writing (YA fiction as opposed to more “classic” literature). Sometimes a first person narrative can come off as narcissistic. Also, some readers don’t like reading from the perspective of the narrator; they would rather have the distance created by the third person narration. When I was younger, I preferred first person. Now, I don’t really care, so long as it fits with the story.

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