If you’re confused by the terms first, second, and third person, this post should help clear things up. I will break each POV down into simple terms and then list a few examples. Let’s get started.
First Person POV is used when the main character (or antagonist) is telling the story. It has words like “I”, “me”, and “my” and has sentences like “I flopped down on the couch.” Everything is experienced through the character’s eyes.
Examples: The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Fault in Our Stars, The Catcher in the Rye, Twilight, and Gone Girl
Second Person POV is rarely used in novels. It is written with “you” as the subject, as in “You flop down on the couch.” As you can see, it’s awkward for storytelling, although it has been done.
Examples: The Night Circus, You, and Bright Lights, Big City
Third Person POV is told from a narrator’s point of view. It uses words like “he”, “she”, and “it”. It’s the most commonly used POV. A sentence from a third person POV novel might be “He flopped down on the couch.”
Examples: The Harry Potter Series, Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, The Maze Runner, and just about every other book on the shelf
So I hope this post helps you understand the differences between first, second, and third person. Which point-of-view is your current work in progress written in? Let us know in the comments section below.
-Red aka The Word Rebel
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