POV In Fanfiction


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I'd say I prefer third person, but I've definitely written my share of first person and enjoyed fiction written in first person. First person I think has more potential to be problematic, and it's hard for me to articulate why, but I think it's because it's easy to get trapped in the MC's mind and not pay enough attention to the feelings and motivations of other characters or find a way to express those. I think first person can also make self-insertion more of a danger.

I have written one fic in second person and was pretty happy with how it turned out. The "you" actually refers to one of the characters, so it's not "you the reader John or Jane," it's more "you the reader in the shoes of the MC," if that makes sense. It's a Minerva/Myrtle ship and the "you" is Minerva, so that the reader will identify with her.