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1st person POV hatred

Hanging out on /r/fanfiction recently, I've run across multiple people who hate 1st person narrators. This baffles me, like "I won't read books by women" or "I won't read books with a girl lead". There are so many great 1st POV books out there, including seminal works of the genre or its penumbra as well as 'literature': Frankenstein, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, the parts of Moby Dick that aren't pure infodump, Amber, Night in the Lonesome October, Vlad Taltos, Book of the New Sun, Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee, Sunshine, Heart of Darkness, the Farseer trilogies, Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Bertie Wooster, Hunger Games, Ancillary series, Black Company, 20,000 Leagues... and multiple high quality fanfics.

(Also my own Nanoha fics but I make no claims for the quality of those.)

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come_to_think
May. 29th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
George Orwell has a page about this ("For & against novels in the first person") reproduced in "Extracts from a Manuscript Notebook" (1949) in _Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters_, Vol. IV, pp. 511-512. Google Books, in its meanness, will not let me copy it here.
mindstalk
May. 30th, 2016 06:40 am (UTC)
Thanks. Found the first part, but Google wouldn't show me page 512.
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