Request: Best First Person Novels


As I mentioned the other day, my current WIP is written in the first person narrative. Admittedly at the beginning of writing this novel, I struggled with the first-person POV. I wondered how to avoid using "I" too much. How to convey what's happenings without telling the reader everything. How does Val (the protagionist) express how she feels without saying it? Even as I continue to write, I can't say for sure that I know I'm going about this the right way. But I can say when I tried to write a few chapters from third person it didn't feel natural. It didn't truly expression the internal struggles I wanted to show by telling it from Val's point of view.


I'm on the look out for examples of really good first person novels. Recently read The Lovely Bonely and The Time Traveler's Wife (both great books told from the 1st person POV). I can't seen to find any other first person narrative that's ringing my bell. Any suggestions?





11 comments:

Justus M. Bowman said...

Hmm, I don't know of many. The most recent first-person narrative I read is "Storm Front" by Jim Butcher.

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Justus M. Bowman said...

Perhaps I should check out "The Time Traveler's Wife." Oh, and who wants to live forever?

T. Anne said...

My favorite is WHITE OLEANDER by Janet Fitch. It is masterfully written.

Lynnette Labelle said...

That's a tough one. When I first started writing, I wrote in first person, but then someone told me that's a harder sell. Once I switched to 3rd person (and got used to it), I fell in love.

Sorry, I couldn't help you.

Lynnette Labelle

http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

Lady Glamis said...

I have heard that The Hunger Games is amazing. I haven't read it though, sorry.

Pen Pen said...

OOH!!! 'The Virgin Suicides' is in first person plural AND is a great book!

Crimogenic said...

Some good suggestions here... I definitely will try to pick on one of books suggested. Wish me luck :)

Anonymous said...

Lolita ring a bell...?

Anonymous said...

First person POV classics, To Kill A Mocking Bird, The Life of Pi, Catcher in the Rye...

Dallas said...

First person Novels
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Huck Finn - Twain
Sherlock Holmes novels - Doyle
Wuthering Heights - ???
Great Gatsby - ???
Beaqch Music - Pat COnroy
Wild Fire -- DeMille
Dracula - Braum Stoker
Prince of Tides - Pat COnroy

Noelle Nolan said...

I'm having the same trouble with my WIP. I'm writing in first person and think I may be saying "I" too much and not expressing myself enough. I'll check out some of the books you listed and some of the ones listed in the comments.

Thanks