Sometimes I wish I could just like, pour a thought in there and have everyone understand it. Like the memory wisp things in Harry Potter. That would be cool. But I can’t do that, so I’ll have to find a place to start.
I’ll start with my opinion of first person.
Now this opinion of mine will be very contradictory and people will disagree with me and possibly tell me I’m stupid. But I almost hate first person, which is funny because most of my favorite books are written in first person. I find first person to be a cop out (remember here that my favorite books are written in first person) and I can give you a specific reason as to why I almost hate first person. And this opinion has gotten me the “you shouldn’t let a book decide how you feel about something” (or something like that) comments before. But my reason for hating first person is…. the Twilight “Saga” (it’s not a saga, dammit.) I read all four of them, went to the midnight release of the fourth book, stole (read: asked for and was given) balloons from Barnes ‘n’ Nobel when they lied about having a midnight release party just so that Borders, who was having a party, looked cooler, and I’ve also been to the midnight release of all the movies, just to troll. I read the first book twice, started the second book a second time, got to the part (SPOILER ALERT) where Bella goes towards the guys who may have been her rapists just so she can have a schizophrenic attack and see Edward. I got so damn pissed that I threw the book down and never touched it again.
Thus my hate for first person began. After that, for about six months, I would not read a first person novel. Then I started reading them again, because, as I mentioned, some of my favorite books are in first person. But I’m still a little… skeptical on first person novels. Go figure.
But that’s not the point of this post! The point of this post is this:
I have to write a story for my creative writing class. I had NO idea what to write about so I went to tumblr and searched for writing prompts. One that I found was The Unicorn Apocalypse
I scrolled on past that one, because it just sounded silly. But I had come up with an opening sentence or two for it. “A group of unicorns is called a blessing. At least that’s what I’d heard.” Now, that first part is a fun fact from a game called Camping. I was at my bff’s house the other day and we played this with her little cousin and that was one of the fun facts in this nature based game.
But as I said, I kept scrolling, found a few I liked but my mind kept wandering back to this unicorn apocalypse, coming up with ideas and sentences and… Well… I’ve decided that this is the prompt I’m using for my story.
Now… Did you notice something odd in that opening?
Did you see that little ‘I’ in there?
Why yes, I, the person who does not like first person and finds it a cheap shot, am writing a story in first person.
I haven’t written a story in first person since… Since… Um… I have no clue, actually. I think I was a little kid when I did it though, though all the stories I recall and have come across from my younger days were all in third person. Lord knows.
In short, I wanted to share this weird prompt I’m using and how I have somehow come to write a story in first person.
Also, my dog is acting weird as hell and has been for the last thirty minutes. Maybe there’s an earthquake building. Or he’s just weird.
What do you think of the different POVs? What’s your favorite? Do you dislike one of the POVs, like I’ve taken to?