For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new book called Death Becomes Him. It’s a YA LGBT+ novel. Normally, I always stick to third person when writing. It’s what I grew up with and if I’m being completely honest, I can’t stand first person. I find it hard to actually root for the main character when I can see all of their thoughts and what triggers them to act.
Characters are naturally flawed and their thoughts and actions can often lead to moments of it being harsher in hindsight. This mainly comes from the writer not handling delicate topics right or going off on their own tangents. I understand that the thought process can be anything but linear but to me, in my humble opinion, it screws up the story. I want to focus on the characters and the plot, not the hero’s opinion on how uncool it is to smoke weed.
Personally, I find that the third person point of view is better in terms of story-telling. You can see more, you don’t have to worry about the strain of what your character does know or doesn’t. You simply have a lot more freedom. But what do you guys think? What is the superior story-telling method? First person or Third?