- 3rd person focalizer vs. 3rd person omniscient
- July 25th, 2014
I'm currently working on a collaboration with my beta, who wants to co-write a Sherlock fic with me :) We've agreed on plot and general AU characteristics, however, what might become a problem is the voice of the narrator.
I can't read 1st person. I'm sorry but it annoys the hell out of me. It might mean that I miss out on a lot of "classics" in fandom, but that's just how it is. I have one book ("The Good Guy", Dean Koontz) that is written in 1st person that I actually liked. Other than that, if the first sentence of a fic or anything is in 1st person, I'm closing the tab.
Strangely, I LOVE 2nd person! There are amazing fics out there using this narrative voice.
And then there's all the things you can do with 3rd person. Of course you can chose to write an omniscient narrator, who can tell you what each character is feeling in each scene and each moment of said scene.
... which I find, well, not actually confusing, but yes, maybe I find it confusing. It seems unnatural to me to have an omniscient narrator, who's presumed to be "objective". The thing is, however, that you are never objective. You, the author, already shape the story and actions so much that for me an omniscient narrator seems like a lie.
For myself I have discovered something I've been taught as "3rd person focalizer": You only write in the pov of one character at a time. You can change perspectives, even in the same scene, but it has to be indicated/separated or else it'd be (partly) omniscient again.
With a focalizer I assume the mindset of one character and I see all other characters and the world through their eyes. As a reader I find it much easier to empathize with such a character as compared to those presented by an omniscient narrator.
In my opinion it's much more organic this way and I enjoy writing my stories like this. THAT'S JUST MY OPINION. I'm not saying 1st person or omniscient narrators are inferior; they are all equally valid. Everyone just has different preferences, and that's good!
I just have my own.