Mixed Perspectives

So, to follow on from my post on first second and third person, here are some examples of mixing perspectives.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud is told in a mixture of first and third person. Bartimaeus, a demon, narrates his chapters in first person, while Nathaniel, a human wizard, has his story told in third person. This both gives us a chance to see all the schemes going on, plus lets us really get to know the witty and sarcastic demon. Due to this type of writing, we end up caring more for the demon protagonist than the human main character.

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater, is written in first person, but by two narratives. The chapters are told by either Sam or Grace, the two main characters. This lets us really get to know both of them, while allowing for a broader view of their world. As they are such different characters, this style also gives nice contrast as they narrate differently.

How is your favourite book written? Have you come across any other types of writing?

Soon to be finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so will be posting about that soon.

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