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When I read Megan Hart’s new Spice release, “Dirty,” I was stunned. Here was an erotic story of a woman who’d experienced lots of sex with many, many different men, yet Hart made me understand that it didn’t happen in a vacuum. The heroine of the story wasn’t simply a liberated woman, sowing her oats, or gettin’ a little sumthin sumthin just like the boys. You know, the one-handed read erotica rational.
Nope, in "Dirty," Hart creates a love story that's also a life story -- as poignant as it is erotic. Plus, it's got the sammich to end all sammiches. Please, Bellas, a hot n'steamy buongiorno for Megan...
I had a dilemma recently, and sadly it wasn’t whether to accept Keanu’s offer of a weekend away in the
I’ll be honest. I love writing in first person. I usually like reading in first person, too, if it’s done well. It’s a little hard to suspend my disbelief sometimes in mystery or thrillers written in first person – after all, if something really really bad happens to the point of view character there’d be no more story. But in erotic or deeply emotional fiction? Yeah, get me inside that character’s head.
In first person I don’t just tell you how my character’s feeling. I can make you live it. I can, if I’m good enough, make you do more than believe it. I can make you be it.
There are restrictions to first person pov, and a lot of readers don’t like books written in it for that reason. A limited viewpoint means you don’t get to know what any of the other characters are thinking or feeling other than how they express themselves to the pov character. You don’t get to hear the hero thinking how much he loves the heroine unless he says it aloud. The reader, like the heroine, has to guess how he feels from his words and actions instead of his thoughts.
I know there are reasons why some don’t care for first person pov, and I understand them. I really do. And I don’t disagree with the reasons – I just don’t feel the same way.
So, if I love to read and write in first person, what was my dilemma? My first novel for Spice, DIRTY, is in first person. My second, BROKEN (May 2007) is also. I thought the third, PERFECT (2008) would be in third but Anne surprised me by coming to life with her own unique voice, and it came out in first person, too.
When I started my fourth novel for Spice, CATCH AND RELEASE, I had every intention of writing it in third person. I didn’t want to alienate those readers who really hate first. I didn’t want to become “typecast,” if you will, as an author who only writes in first person. (Not true, since I’ve had more than 30 published releases and 28 of them are written in third person.) I didn’t want to miss a group of readers who might pass up my books because they can’t stand first person. I had a whole bunch of reasons for writing that book in third, but halfway through the first love scene, out popped first. Suddenly, writing became like oil, smooth and easy. No more fumbling for the words, the emotions, the triggers of my main character, Grace. True, I wasn’t in Sam’s head, but then, neither was she. As she learned more about him, so did I. So will the reader. Catch and Release came out in first person, except for most of the first chapter.
When I began edits, I needed to decide which was better. I could convert everything I’d written to third. I had a sample of what it would be like. I shared two first chapters, one in first and one in third. I couldn’t decide which was best.
Again, I was back to the dilemma. If I put this book out in first, was I going to get labeled? Would I lose readers because of it? Would the book be better with more distance or other viewpoints? Would I always have to write in first person for THE REST OF MY LIIIIIIIIFE!?!
What I finally decided (after some nice comments from my test readers, who said they liked the version in first better…well, almost of all of them did except for the one who admits she just doesn’t like first) was to edit and finish the book how it worked best for me. First person point of view, baby.
To those who hate first person, I apologize. I tried to please ya. And as for being labeled a first-person author, well, I guess that wouldn’t be so bad.
After all, I really like it.
Readers, why do you like or dislike first person point of view?
Have you ever read a book that changed your mind?
Do you like it better in one genre than another? Or worse?
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