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Old September 20 2013, 02:25 AM   #16
Keith R.A. DeCandido
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Re: First-person narratives

Kinokima wrote: View Post
But you can technically have more than one character narrating in first person at different points in the book.
You can sure, but it's an even bigger pain in the ass because you have to switch character voices all the time, and it's also much more difficult for the reader. At least with third-person, you have a more-or-less consistent narrative voice. If you're doing multiple first-person narration, you have to change the entire narrative style every time you switch. (Or you can not change the narrative style, and you get garbage like Robert A. Heinlein's Number of the Beast, where you have four first-person narratives THAT ALL SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME.)
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