I'm currently reading aloud The Hobbit and one of the students commented on the story-telling voice. Another compared it to the voice in The Giver (which was our previous read aloud). One student is reading The Hunger Games and commented that it's all told directly from Katniss' pov.
Soon everyone was checking the novels they're reading and one commented that she was reading an older book (Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume) & she wondered if when the book was written had an impact on pov. Cue the checking of copyright dates and a discussion about why and how styles have changed.
After we'd delved into it for a bit, I asked them which pov they prefer to read. Very few students had a distinct favourite - the almost universal answer was "It depends on the story."
I LOVE MY JOB!!!
We proceeded to list the advantages of both povs. Here's a synopsis of their thoughts. Remember I'm dealing with 10 - 12 year olds.
Advantages for 1st:
- you get to really feel what the character is feeling
- you get to see everything that affects the main character
- you get to feel like the story is happening to you at the moment you're reading it
- the pace usually seems faster & it's harder to put down
- you get to see & know more than the main character sees and knows
- you can get to know more characters really well (they like stories told from 2 alternating povs)
- it's cool to see the same events from different perspectives
- you can get that cool story teller voice that works for some stories
- it's easier to have different styles of stories and voice
So, how about you? Do you prefer 1st or 3rd, or do you think it depends on the story as well?