Created By: MrInitialMan on August 4, 2012 Last Edited By: MrInitialMan on August 8, 2012

Protagonist As Narrator

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A kind of Medium Awareness, where the protagonist of the story is narrating the events and, in the process, directly addresses the reader.

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Literature
  • The Sanguine Chronicles is a diary, but Marko (the protagonist and writer of the diary) is fully aware that someone else may read it. He even throws in a Hi, Mom! addressed to his therapist.
  • Sometimes in the Gor series the first person narrator will break the fourth wall, talking directly to the reader.
    • In Mariners of Gor (the most recent book as of this writing) the story is told within a Framing Device of the narrator telling the story to patrons in a bar in payment for his food & beverage. The story occasionally stops to clarify a point with the other patrons, such as the following about the names of months; the others' responses aren't recorded, just the narrator's speech.
      It was the third month...this is the month which in Ar is called Camerious. In other places it has other names...I do not know how it is spoken of amongst you, in Brundisium. Ah, the month of Policrates! Very well, let it be so. In any event, it was the third month.

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • August 4, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Don't see a trope here, mainly because Narrators are generally known to reside on the audience side of the Fourth Wall anyway.
  • August 5, 2012
    MorganWick
    Eh, I see a trope here - most omniscient narrators tend to give the illusion that they don't exist, so for them to acknowledge the reader would still break the fourth wall. On the other hand, most omniscient examples would probably fall under Lemony Narrator (which I could see people mistaking as being defined as such because of its Trope Namer's use of the Snicket Warning Label), and I need to know whether a first-person narrator would be addressing the real reader, the in-universe reader, or if that even matters. And Needs A Better Title.
  • August 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Whether they're addressing the real audience versus an in-universe audience is irrelevant. It's the Narrator's job to convey in-universe story across the Fourth Wall to their audience.

    Although perhaps there is a trope in the audience/reader counterpart to Narrator All Along (where the narrator is ultimately revealed to have also been an in-universe character) ....
  • August 5, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    From Narrator All Along: "Many stories openly acknowledge the narrator's identity from the very beginning, and are not examples of this trope." This is openly acknowledging the narrator's identity from the get-go.
  • August 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    And by "identity" you mean "identity as an in-story character" and not "identity as an ordinary Narrator", right?

    How about Character As Narrator or Narrated By Character?
  • August 6, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    Stratadrake: Yes, and either may work (the first has the bonus of rhyme.)
  • August 7, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Sometimes in the Gor series the first person narrator will break the fourth wall, talking directly to the reader.
      • In Mariners of Gor (the most recent book as of this writing) the story is told within a Framing Device of the narrator telling the story to patrons in a bar in payment for his food & beverage. The story occasionally stops to clarify a point with the other patrons, such as the following about the names of months; the others' responses aren't recorded, just the narrator's speech.
        It was the third month...this is the month which in Ar is called Camerious. In other places it has other names...I do not know how it is spoken of amongst you, in Brundisium. Ah, the month of Policrates! Very well, let it be so. In any event, it was the third month.
  • August 7, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

  • August 8, 2012
    MiinU
    bump.
  • August 8, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    I just found First Person Peripheral Narrator, so I think I'd best refine this trope, starting with the title.
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