?

Log in

POLL: POV Preferences

« previous entry | next entry »
Jul. 27th, 2012 | 05:27 pm

Poll #1856755 POV in Fanfic Poll
This poll is closed.

What do you think of first person POV in fanfic?

I want to see more of it!
2(9.1%)
Depends (on source canon, type of fic, character, etc--please elaborate in comments!)
5(22.7%)
Only in the hands of a very skillful writer.
10(45.5%)
I don't particularly like it and am not likely to read it, but if people want to write it, whatever.
5(22.7%)
Ugh, no.
0(0.0%)

What do you think of second person POV in fanfic?

I want to see more of it!
3(13.6%)
Depends (on source canon, type of fic, character, etc--please elaborate in comments!)
2(9.1%)
Only in the hands of a very skillful writer.
12(54.5%)
I don't particularly like it and am not likely to read it, but if people want to write it, whatever.
4(18.2%)
Ugh, no. Never.
1(4.5%)

Is your POV preference for fic in any way related to your preferences for published fiction? (Please feel free to elaborate in the comments!)

Yes, definitely.
8(36.4%)
In part
10(45.5%)
No--fic and published writing are totally different ballgames.
4(18.2%)

Do you prefer fic written in past or present tense? (I'm doing my next post on this subject.)

Past.
0(0.0%)
Present.
5(22.7%)
It depends.
4(18.2%)
No preference.
13(59.1%)

Link | kingfisher, cast your fly | Share

Comments {3}

Jackie

(no subject)

from: jackie
date: Jul. 28th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
Link

Re: past/present tense - i think it depends on the time period of the piece. if it's obviously AU, i prefer present. if it's before established events, past. if after or during present events, present.

just depends. :B

Reply | Thread

sneaqui

(no subject)

from: sneaqui
date: Jul. 29th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Link

So, I answered "Depends" on the first two questions but I also considered answering "only in the hands of a very skillful writer" because I think whether or not first or second person can be pulled off depends on the writer. One doesn't have to be a very skillful writer to pull it off though. One just has to A) be able to write in another person's voice and B) Not succumb to telling the reader EVERYTHING that's going in the character's head.

I think the only reason that people are wary of first and second person is because when they go wrong, they go wrong SPECTACULARLY. And hilariously. "It was a dark and stormy night. Dark and stormy LIKE MY SOUL!!" You know, that whole thing.

Reply | Thread

Krytella

(no subject)

from: krytella
date: Jul. 30th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Link

I like first person if it's done well. This goes for both fanfic and published work. I think there may be an upswing in popularity because of Twilight and Hunger Games? Anyway, when it's fanfic of TV or movies, most people go with third person to be closer to the POV of the source, I think, but that's not necessary. It IS essential to have a strong voice with first person.

I'm not a big second person fan. It comes across as experimental to me. I wouldn't want to read an entire book written that way. To me it isolates the reader from the POV characters. So I enjoy it in a short, stylistic piece, but I wouldn't want to read a long story in second person.

I've picked up a bad habit of writing in present tense with my own fic. Because of porn. I like the immediacy of present tense for sex scenes, as a writer, but I'll enjoy either present or past tense in other people's writing. I just flipped through the tabs of fic I need to comment on and found both present and past tense, so apparently I don't notice any more. Before I read so much fic, I'd find present tense in a novel surprising, but I'm used to it now.

Reply | Thread