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2nd Jun '16 8:57:17 AM Narsil
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* '''First-Person Narration:''' I, me, we, us. A story told in first-person is written as if the SympatheticPOV were narrating directly to the reader. We get to know this narrator very well, but are limited by the fact that we can't see what the narrator doesn't. If something important is happening on the other side of the world and there's no way to get the narrator there, then it can't be witnessed first-hand; they'll have to hear about it from somebody else after the fact. Furthermore, this opens up the possibility of an UnreliableNarrator: a narrator who isn't telling the truth, either due to [[InnocentInaccurate lack of awareness]] ("Why do people always react to me like that??") or deliberate lying. In addition, it also raises the question of how the narrator remembered the events in such detail, down to the exact dialogue, unless they explicitly have photographic memory. In a first-person story, the narrator is normally the main character; aversions are covered by the trope FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator. See ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'' (a rare example of a novel told entirely in the first-person plural), ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and (if you really must) ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.

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* '''First-Person Narration:''' I, me, we, us. A story told in first-person is written as if the SympatheticPOV were narrating directly to the reader. We get to know this narrator very well, but are limited by the fact that we can't see what the narrator doesn't. If something important is happening on the other side of the world and there's no way to get the narrator there, then it can't be witnessed first-hand; they'll have to hear about it from somebody else after the fact. Furthermore, this opens up the possibility of an UnreliableNarrator: a narrator who isn't telling the truth, either due to [[InnocentInaccurate lack of awareness]] ("Why do people always react to me like that??") or deliberate lying. In addition, it also raises the question of how the narrator remembered the events in such detail, down to the exact dialogue, unless they explicitly have photographic memory. In a first-person story, the narrator is normally the main character; aversions are covered by the trope FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator. See ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'' (a rare example of a novel told entirely in the first-person plural), ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', and (if you really must) ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
29th Apr '16 11:14:45 AM TVRulezAgain
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*** Universal omniscient, in which the narrator has access to information that nobody in the story could logically know ("Little did they know that the dog was actually Count Basingdorfer in disguise!!"). See [[LemonyNarrator Lemony Snicket's]] interjections in ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents.

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*** Universal omniscient, in which the narrator has access to information that nobody in the story could logically know ("Little did they know that the dog was actually Count Basingdorfer in disguise!!"). See [[LemonyNarrator Lemony Snicket's]] interjections in ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents.Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents.
1st Feb '16 6:20:16 PM nombretomado
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* '''[[MultipleNarrativeModes Multiple-viewpoint]]:''' This is any story which ''combines'' any or all of the above narrative modes (TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'').

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* '''[[MultipleNarrativeModes Multiple-viewpoint]]:''' This is any story which ''combines'' any or all of the above narrative modes (TadWilliams' (Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'').
21st Jul '15 12:00:11 PM Folamh3
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** UnbrokenFirstPersonPerspective is a special case.

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** UnbrokenFirstPersonPerspective is a special case.case in which a single first-person perspective is adhered to for the entire length of a game.
21st Jul '15 11:58:55 AM Folamh3
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* '''SecondPersonNarration:''' You. The story is told ''about'' the reader, who is addressed as if s/he were [[NoFourthWall a character in the story]] ("You dashed your drink across Sam's face, offended that he would even suggest such a thing"). Rarely used outside of dialogue, bad fanfic and InteractiveFiction stories: it gets taxing in long doses, and, well... What if that's not what the reader would actually ''do'' in this situation? Putting words in the reader's mouth that way can kill the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. 2nd-person can try to to compensate by making the reader a FeaturelessProtagonist, but that doesn't always work either (in addition to reducing the interestingness of the ''character'', and thus the reader's investment in him/her/it). Examples of 2nd-person stories include ''Aura'' by Carlos Fuentes and ''Bright Lights, Big City''.

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* '''SecondPersonNarration:''' You. The story is told ''about'' the reader, who is addressed as if s/he were [[NoFourthWall a character in the story]] ("You dashed your drink across Sam's face, offended that he would even suggest such a thing"). Rarely used outside of dialogue, song lyrics, bad fanfic and InteractiveFiction stories: it gets taxing in long doses, and, well... What if that's not what the reader would actually ''do'' in this situation? Putting words in the reader's mouth that way can kill the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. 2nd-person can try to to compensate by making the reader a FeaturelessProtagonist, but that doesn't always work either (in addition to reducing the interestingness of the ''character'', and thus the reader's investment in him/her/it). Examples of 2nd-person stories include ''Aura'' by Carlos Fuentes and ''Bright Lights, Big City''.
18th Apr '15 9:41:54 AM Folamh3
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* '''First-Person Narration:''' I, me, we, us. A story told in first-person is written as if the SympatheticPOV were narrating directly to the reader. We get to know this narrator very well, but are limited by the fact that we can't see what the narrator doesn't. If something important is happening on the other side of the world and there's no way to get the narrator there, then it can't be witnessed first-hand; they'll have to hear about it from somebody else after the fact. Furthermore, this opens up the possibility of an UnreliableNarrator: a narrator who isn't telling the truth, either due to [[InnocentInaccurate lack of awareness]] ("Why do people always react to me like that??") or deliberate lying. In addition, it also raises the question of how the narrator remembered the events in such detail, down to the exact dialogue, unless they explicitly have photographic memory. In a first-person story, the narrator is normally the main character; aversions are covered by the trope FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator. See ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and (if you really must) ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.

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* '''First-Person Narration:''' I, me, we, us. A story told in first-person is written as if the SympatheticPOV were narrating directly to the reader. We get to know this narrator very well, but are limited by the fact that we can't see what the narrator doesn't. If something important is happening on the other side of the world and there's no way to get the narrator there, then it can't be witnessed first-hand; they'll have to hear about it from somebody else after the fact. Furthermore, this opens up the possibility of an UnreliableNarrator: a narrator who isn't telling the truth, either due to [[InnocentInaccurate lack of awareness]] ("Why do people always react to me like that??") or deliberate lying. In addition, it also raises the question of how the narrator remembered the events in such detail, down to the exact dialogue, unless they explicitly have photographic memory. In a first-person story, the narrator is normally the main character; aversions are covered by the trope FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator. See ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'', ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'' (a rare example of a novel told entirely in the first-person plural), ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and (if you really must) ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.


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** It's also possible for a work to use SwitchingPOV and feature multiple first-person perspectives. Sometimes it can become tricky to follow which character is speaking at a given time. ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'' is an example of this.
18th Apr '15 9:25:43 AM Folamh3
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* FirstPersonShooter is a genre of video games which uses a first-person perspective. Other genres of video games also use this perspective.
** UnbrokenFirstPersonPerspective is a special case.
25th Feb '15 8:48:06 PM JasonJD48
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** Multiple narrators: the story describes the actions and thoughts of more than one character. The different points of view might be separated by section breaks (Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''), by chapters (George R. R. Martin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire''), or even just by shifting to a new paragraph (Frank Herbert's ''{{Dune}}''; warning: DontTryThisAtHome). This gives the reader a ''much'' wider breadth and depth of knowledge, by allowing the reader to see multiple events, or the same event through a number of different eyes; if used carefully, it can even [[TheRashomon make the reader doubt what they saw in the first place]]. However, it can be difficult for the reader to decide who the main character is (if there ''is'' one), which some readers dislike, and the switching can break WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief if handled badly.

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** Multiple narrators: the story describes the actions and thoughts of more than one character. The different points of view might be separated by section breaks (Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''), by chapters (George R. R. Martin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire''), or even just by shifting to a new paragraph (Frank Herbert's ''{{Dune}}''; ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''; warning: DontTryThisAtHome). This gives the reader a ''much'' wider breadth and depth of knowledge, by allowing the reader to see multiple events, or the same event through a number of different eyes; if used carefully, it can even [[TheRashomon make the reader doubt what they saw in the first place]]. However, it can be difficult for the reader to decide who the main character is (if there ''is'' one), which some readers dislike, and the switching can break WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief if handled badly.
1st Apr '14 3:05:42 AM Mdumas43073
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* '''First-Person Narration:''' I, me, we, us. A story told in 1st-person is written as if the SympatheticPOV were narrating directly to the reader. We get to know this narrator very well, but are limited by the fact that we can't see what the narrator doesn't. If something important is happening on the other side of the world and there's no way to get the narrator there, then it can't be witnessed first-hand; they'll have to hear about it from somebody else after the fact. Furthermore, this opens up the possibility of an UnreliableNarrator: a narrator who isn't telling the truth, either due to [[InnocentInaccurate lack of awareness]] ("Why do people always react to me like that??") or deliberate lying. In addition, it also raises the question of how the narrator remembered the events in such detail, down to the exact dialogue, unless they explicitly have photographic memory. In a first-person story, the narrator is normally the main character; aversions are covered by the trope FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator. See ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and (if you really must) ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.

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* '''First-Person Narration:''' I, me, we, us. A story told in 1st-person first-person is written as if the SympatheticPOV were narrating directly to the reader. We get to know this narrator very well, but are limited by the fact that we can't see what the narrator doesn't. If something important is happening on the other side of the world and there's no way to get the narrator there, then it can't be witnessed first-hand; they'll have to hear about it from somebody else after the fact. Furthermore, this opens up the possibility of an UnreliableNarrator: a narrator who isn't telling the truth, either due to [[InnocentInaccurate lack of awareness]] ("Why do people always react to me like that??") or deliberate lying. In addition, it also raises the question of how the narrator remembered the events in such detail, down to the exact dialogue, unless they explicitly have photographic memory. In a first-person story, the narrator is normally the main character; aversions are covered by the trope FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator. See ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and (if you really must) ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.


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* FirstPersonPerspective
5th Jan '14 2:33:00 PM johnnye
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** Note that this is different from a story with a {{Narrator}} in it. If a character is talking about what happened to [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Pooh Bear]], he's a Narrator. If the character doing the talking ''is'' Pooh Bear, it's 1st-Person.

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** Note that this is different from a story with a {{Narrator}} in it. If a character is talking about what happened to [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Pooh Bear]], he's a Narrator. If the character doing the talking ''is'' Pooh Bear, it's 1st-Person. A FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator can blur this line.
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