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7th Feb '17 5:21:23 AM UPi
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* The Hungarian book ''Hajléktaland'' ("Homeless-land") is a documentary disguised as a tourist guide book. In the book you, the reader, are guided through Budapest and the surrounding areas with the assumption that you are homeless and you want to find safety, food, shelter, medical care, etc. The book never breaks SecondPersonNarration to build the reader's empathy toward the homeless. It is an intentionally harrowing read.
4th Feb '17 6:05:49 PM Dawnwing
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* Several stories - or the narration between the stories - in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' [[ExpandedUniverse guidebooks]] are written this way. Occasionally it will be as if the reader is a cat interacting with the characters. Other times, it will be from one character speaking this way to another specific character that appears in the books. At times - notably the "so-and-so speaks" portions - the identity of the "you" isn't necessarily clear.

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* Several stories - or the narration between the stories - in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' [[ExpandedUniverse guidebooks]] are written this way. Occasionally it will be as if the reader is a cat interacting with the characters. Other times, it will be from one character speaking this way to another specific character that appears in the books. At times - notably the [[ConfessionCam "so-and-so speaks" portions portions]] - the identity of the "you" isn't necessarily clear.
6th Jan '17 10:34:03 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* The ''VideoGame/Fallout'' series has this in spades during Ron Perlman's opening and ending narrations.

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* The ''VideoGame/Fallout'' ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has this in spades during Ron Perlman's opening and ending narrations.
6th Jan '17 10:33:34 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* The ''Fallout'' series has this in spades during Ron Perlman's opening and ending narrations.

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* The ''Fallout'' ''VideoGame/Fallout'' series has this in spades during Ron Perlman's opening and ending narrations.



* The epilogue to ''Bioshock'' is like this.

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* The epilogue to ''Bioshock'' ''VideoGame/Bioshock1'' is like this.
20th Nov '16 7:25:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* The first chapter of ''[[TheTomorrowSeries Circle of Flight]]'' is done like this, as Ellie comes home to find Gavin is missing.

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* The first chapter of ''[[TheTomorrowSeries ''[[Literature/TheTomorrowSeries Circle of Flight]]'' is done like this, as Ellie comes home to find Gavin is missing.
13th Sep '16 2:00:39 PM intastiel
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* {{Interactive Comic}}s in general.

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* %%* {{Interactive Comic}}s in general.general.
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' narrates the protagonist Fern's actions in second person, in part because they're being influenced by the mysterious mental presence that represents the comic's readers [[FromBeyondTheFourthWall on the far side of the fourth wall]]. On a couple of occasions, Fern gets angry enough with the commentators to hijack the narrative and switch to first person for a while.
7th Sep '16 10:21:37 AM KCN
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunker_13 Bunker 13]] by Aniruddha Bahal is a Stale Beer Flavored SpyFiction, very much at the end of SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism. You are an Indian spy conducting counter-intelligence operations against the Pakistanis. It keeps the second person perspective even after [[spoiler: the reader unravels that he is actually a Pakistani double-agent]].

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunker_13 Bunker 13]] by Aniruddha Bahal is a Stale Beer Flavored SpyFiction, very much at the end of SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism. You are an Indian spy journalist conducting counter-intelligence an investigation into covert intelligence operations against of the Pakistanis. It keeps the second person perspective even after [[spoiler: the reader unravels that he is actually a Pakistani double-agent]].
7th Sep '16 10:19:13 AM KCN
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunker_13 Bunker 13]] by Aniruddha Bahal is a Stale Beer Flavored SpyFiction, very much at the end of SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism. You are an Indian spy conducting counter-intelligence operations against the Pakistanis. It keeps the second person perspective even after [[spoiler: the reader unravels that he is actually a Pakistani double-agent]].
31st Aug '16 5:17:38 AM KingLyger
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Most of the books you've read are written either in the first person (narrated from the perspective of one of the characters, who refers to themself as "I" and "me") or in the third (referring to all characters by name or with third-person pronouns like "he" and "she"). Occasionally, though, you run across something written in the [[PointOfView second person]], YOU.

You'll note that second-person narration is very rare. On one hand, like first-person narration, it has a very intimate feeling. On the other hand, while the intimacy of first-person narration is that of storytelling, the intimacy of second-person narration is that of telepathy (or hypnosis): the book is telling you what you experience and how you experience it, which often includes directly telling you what you think or feel. You may find this rather presumptuous unless it's done carefully.

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Most of the books you've read are written either in the first person (narrated from the perspective of one of the characters, who refers to themself as "I" and "me") or in the third (referring to all characters by name or with third-person pronouns like "he" and "she"). Occasionally, though, you run across something written in the [[PointOfView second person]], YOU.

second-person]], where the subject of the narration is ''you''.

You'll note that second-person narration is very rare. On one hand, like first-person narration, it has a very intimate feeling. On the other hand, while the intimacy of first-person narration is that of storytelling, the intimacy of second-person narration is that of telepathy (or hypnosis): telepathy: the book is telling you what you experience and how you experience it, which often includes directly telling you what you think or feel. You may find this rather presumptuous unless it's done carefully.



Sometimes, if you look hard enough, you will discover indications that the second-person narrator is ''not'' supposed to be you the reader. You will likely want to ask why the author of such a work would dare try to make you identify that intimately with a second-person narrator who is, um, not ''you.'' But you probably will never ask the question aloud because the person you want to ask isn't there. How can you speak your piece when you have no one to tell it to? Talking to yourself would make you look crazy, so you'll just have to leave it an internal monologue for now.

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Sometimes, if If you look hard enough, you will discover indications that the second-person narrator is ''not'' supposed to be you the reader. You will likely want to ask why the author of such a work would dare try to make you identify that intimately with a second-person narrator who is, um, not ''you.'' But you you'll probably will never ask the question aloud because the person you want to ask isn't there. How can you speak your piece when you have no one to tell it to? Talking to yourself would make you look crazy, so you'll just have to leave it an internal monologue for now.
21st Aug '16 12:19:06 PM nombretomado
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* ECComics stories do this a lot:

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* ECComics Creator/ECComics stories do this a lot:
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