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July 23rd, 2009
My Point of View…

Thursday Thirteen

…is that I enjoy reading romances and other genre fiction in both first and third person points of view. I like being in the main character’s head in some books while in other books seeing things from both the hero and heroine’s perspective is interesting. For a background on different points of view in writing here’s a link to a POV article. As I’ve mentioned, I enjoy reading books written in first person so today I have a list for you.

Thirteen First Person Reads or Series I Enjoy

1. Kristan Higgins (contemporary)

2. Stephanie Plum series – Janet Evanocvich (contemporary mystery)

3. Lisa Kleypas – contemporary Texas series. (contemporary)

4. Kate Daniels series – Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy)

5. Mercy Thompson series Patricia Briggs (urban fantasy)

6. Josh Lanyon – (m/m)

7. Hard Fall James Buchanan (m/m)

8. Alien Huntress series – Gena Showalter (paranormal)

9. Lori Armstrong – Julie Collins series (mystery)

10. Keri Arthur Riley Jensen (urban fantasy)

11. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

12. Something series – Jacqueline Meadows

13. And finally, I’ve written several books in first person: Wanderlust (romantic suspense), The Shadow (contemporary mystery) and Stray Cat Strut (paranormal m/m)

Do you prefer first person or third person fiction best and why? Do you have any favorites to add to my list?

25 comments to “My Point of View…”

  1. I like first person. And I’m totally hooked on the Twilight series.


  2. Oh great idea for a list.

    I played …come on over if you can find time to visit with me. I’d love your company. Happy Thursday.


  3. Great list! Thanks

    http://iamharriet.blogspot.com/2009/07/thirteen-richest-americans-and-some.html


  4. It’s hard to find good writing in 1st person. I think YA or Middle Grade has the most 1st person books out.
    Great list!
    Happy T13!


  5. Great list. I love Bridget Jones Diary. Happy Thursday. :grin:


  6. That reminds me, I’ve been meaning to read Bridget Jones Diary.


  7. Haven’t read many of those, but those that I have, I really enjoyed. The Stephanie Plum series hooked me for a while (until I somehow got sidetracked).
    Happy Thursday!


  8. Awesome post, sugar! You know, it’s funny, but in erotic romance and romance in general I prefer third, but if the book is a mystery or thriller, I prefer first.

    Cora’s got us covered this Thursday at the MMC with her 13 Favorite Movie Heroines. Stop by if you get a chance and see if you agree.

    http://midnightmooncafe.blogspot.com


  9. Frankly, I’m not picky. I like the fact you get more about feelings and motivation in a first person but I don’t care. I remember in high school that we read To Kill a Mocking bird, and it kept switching from 1st to 3rd all the time and it never phased me but some of the other students had problems with it. All I can it that the characters are interesting, yet relate-able and has a good, flowing plot line.
    Hugs,
    -Amy
    P.S. Hope my surprise helped with your “funk” from yesterday! LOL!


  10. *I said hope, and I meant glad that it helped. Darn distracting husbands.


  11. I have to admit, I don’t usually go for books written in first person, except for Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld Series. Love her books! Oh, and Harry Potter, of course! LOL!

    *hugs*
    Paige

    My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/


  12. I like third myself… but I do have one first person story coming. Kilt Worthy is done in 1st person, which to me is ironic since it will be my debut release. Then again, it’s a short story. Often times first person doesn’t allow the writer to give a second pov, which as a reader I then miss.


  13. I prefer 3rd person. I like seeing what’s going on. I also think 1st person can be very hit or miss. There are some I enjoy (I’m with you on Patricia Briggs, for example – and if you like her, you should check out Faith Hunter), but I mostly prefer third person reads.


  14. I’m more partial to third person, and though I have not read any of these, some first person series I have enjoyed are Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris and the Undead/Queen Betsy series by MaryJanice Davidson. Lisa Scottoline has also written a lot of legal thrillers in first that were good (eg: Everywhere That Mary Went).


  15. I read a lot of YA, which has a large quanitiy that is being written in first person right now, so it’s not bothering me as much as it used to. I only write in third, though. :shrugs:

    http://christinadelorenzo.blogspot.com/


  16. I don’t know how I forgot about the Harry Potter books to add to my list. I’ve also read the first book in the Twilight series.

    Cass – I tend to read a lot of mysteries and many of them are first person. I think it’s because the lead character is usually so invested in solving the mystery and we really want to know what they are thinking.

    Christina – I’ve been reading more YA this year too, although the last one I read was third – Zombie Queen of Newbury High.


  17. Amy – your surprise did indeed improve my funk. :grin:


  18. No preference over here, but I did just give up reading a book that I kept expecting to be in first person. Except it wasn’t.

    Really weird.


  19. I prefer to write and read in third person, but as long as it’s a good story I’ll read it. I’ve written a few first person and one mixed first/third.
    Happy T13 :)


  20. I like Patricia Briggs but my favorite so far is the prequel to the Mercy Thomson series. Nice list.


  21. I just started writing in first person last year, and love it! :razz:

    My favorites in first person are Jim Butcher’s Dresden files and LKH Anita Blake series.

    Happy TT.
    Janice~


  22. Generally I prefer third person but I have read a few in first person that I really liked.


  23. I prefer third person. I even like an omnicient voice that hints of the upcoming plot points because the voice already knows what’s happened – rather like Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen.


  24. I’m an avid reader but I haven’t really thought about which I prefer. My first thought is third person. I’ll have to make note with each book I read and see if my first thought holds true.


  25. Great list! I’ll have to check some of these out.