Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.
I am not peeved with pirates; my title refers to first-person fiction. I’m tired of almost every new book in the Kindle Unlimited program lately being narrated in 1P, and yes before anyone starts I wrote Ghosted that way because it made sense for the story. I wanted the reader to experience what the protagonist did and not have extra info from other characters’ POVs. Here’s a clue that 1P is incorrect for the story: when the writer uses multiple 1Ps. If you need to write scenes from multiple characters’ heads, that is a glaring, screaming sign that you should be using third person.
I hated 1P when the chick-lit genre arose because every book sounded the same. Omg I am so fat and my mom is nagging me about my sister’s wedding again and my best friend is acting shady and blah blah blah and of course on the worst day of period cramps EVAH the most gorgeous guy in the world walked into my office. Yuck. They all sound like this and I will never read another one. If I even see the phrase “chick-lit,” I will pass on a book without reading the blurb. Hate hate hate.
Almost as bad are the “and then I died” mysteries, often set in the UK. These have multiple characters narrating the story, none of them likeable, and one is killed. So how did they write their part, hmm? Often, these are set in present tense, with many flashbacks to the murder or whatever in past tense. Everyone is cheating on everyone and the one character that seemed OK turns out to be totally creepy blah blah blah. These books are all beginning to sound the same to me too.
Just write your novels in 3rd person, past tense. Sheesh.
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