Saturday, April 3, 2010

Four Possible Narration Methods/ Techniques

My cousin recently re-introduced me to one of my favorite childhood fiction series, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. As a kid, I remember loving the fast and easy-to-read way in which they were written. Every storyline in the plot was told via Princess Mia's journal entries, online chats, emails, etc. Not only were the chapters interesting and unique, but they were just so darn relevant.

It wasn't soon after Instant Messenging programs became intensely popular in my middle school that these books came out, and it was really like reading an online correspondence from one of my friends. That aside, looking back at these books got me thinking, and I wondered, am I writing my novel from the most appealing point of view/ narration technique?

Here is a breakdown of these narration devices that should help you either decide which one to use, or re-evaluate the choice you've already made:

1. First Person Narration
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This method is excellent if you want your readers to know exactly what one of your characters is thinking at all times. It normally includes "I, me, my, etc" statements and gives an in depth look at the feelings and emotions of a single character.

2. Second Person Narration
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This method is kind of crazy, and I have only read one book where it was used, and all of them were from my middle school years. This magical book was known as a "Create Your Own Adventure" book, and at the end of each chapter it would ask you a question, and send you to another chapter based on your decision. I didn't really enjoy this book (I'm a cover to cover kind of gal, no skipping around nonsense), and I can only imagine how tricky it was to create, so although it wasn't one of my favorites, I appreciate the work I know must have gone in to creating it.

3. Third Person Narration
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This method is generally used most often and occurs when the author narrates the story, describing the lives of the characters, revealing information for each throughout the book. (This is the method I chose to use, mostly because this is my first novel and its already a huge undertaking as it is. Maybe I'll get a little more creative with the next one).

4. Written Record Narration

Like the Princess Diaries books I discussed above, this form of narration is normally composed of seemingly compiled accounts from various sources. Aside from emails, online chats, etc, this can also include newspaper articles, speech transcripts, or the good old fashion snail mail correspondence.

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