What Is Your Perspective While Reading?

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When reading books, there are usually 2 kinds of point of views: first person and third person. In case you never noticed, let me explain it to you. First person is when we get into the characters head, and it’s usually using the word “I” instead of the name of the characters. Third person, while we can also feel what they feel and know what they are thinking, use the characters name. It’s like we are more of a viewer of the story, but with knowledge of what’s going on with everyone at the same time (kinda useful in real life eh?). If you aren’t clear about it yet, here’s an example:

“Then what do you want form me?”

“I want to lie beside you and know the weight of your dreams,” he said, brushing his lips against my knuckles. “I want to share whole worlds with you and write your name in the stars.” He moved closer and a chorus of songbirds twittered silver melodies.

“I want to measure eternity with your laughter.”

Now, he stood inches from me; his rough hands encircled my waist. “Be my queen and I promise you a life where you will never be bored. I promise you more power than a hundred kings. And I promise you that we will always be equals.”

and

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.

“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.

“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

(If you can guess which book they are from, comment down below!😜) Both quotes have the same vibes, a lover who’s hesitating and the other half who’s trying to convince the other. But while both felt really deep, we connect deeper on personal level because we are INSIDE the girl’s head, while in the second quote, we are WATCHING the couple.

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Now now, no worries, I’m not going to talk about characters point of view, which one you liked better etc etc. It only serves as background or introduction, and a long one at that😅 What I’m going to talk about today is what is your perspective when you are reading?

No matter what povs im reading, I always become a watcher. I stand in the sidelines and watch the events unfold. Even when it is a first person point of view, I can connect deeper emotionally and physically, but I still can’t put myself as the characters, being in their head and heart. For some reason, you can say that I am a third person point of view, always being invisible and being an all-knowing entity in the stories.

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While it can get frustrating sometimes because I can’t always connect with the characters, being a watcher the whole time, it also has the good sides. I usually feel more immersed in the world building of the book. Like for example, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is set in Prague. When all hell broke loose, the angels appearing on the bridge etc etc, I can imagine myself there. I can imagine myself watching the angels and people around the bridge, while walking through those cobbledstone paths and touching the ancient buildings.

Pretty awesome huh? Well it also gives me a serious case of wanderlust sooo….

I can’t say which one is better, being in a character’s head or being a watcher. I guess both have advantages and disadvantages, and I think it varies for each reader! I think being a watcher works fine for me this whole time, it saved me a sensible amount of tears because I rarely cried while reading!😂

Your turn: Are you a watcher or the character? Which one do you think is better?

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54 thoughts on “What Is Your Perspective While Reading?

  1. Love how you posed this question… I’m definitely the watcher type. I can accept a character’s choices and think them stupid or spot on – it doesn’t matter to me if the character is true to them self. I also like writing that is 3rd person as it is more of a showing POV rather than a telling one. I get sick of a character telling me how they think it is – show me, take me with you, help me experience it! Cheers!

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  2. Such an interesting topic, Tasya! I’m totally the watcher, haha. I almost never put myself in the character’s shoes, and even when I relate to them on a personal level I always feel more like an observer. Actually I’m just generally uncomfortable with slotting into their lives, even if they are fictional… so definitely, definitely a watcher. I don’t mind first person perspective, though!

    Also. TSTQ and TWATD! The quotes totally have those vibes. 😂

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  3. This was such an interesting topic to talk about! I’ve actually never given this a thought until now, but I think I’m just like you, a watcher 🙂

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  4. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN!!! (I am too proud of myself for recognizing that one…) I’m definitely more of a watcher, I’ve never really been able to get into a character’s head. I honestly don’t really care which POV a book’s written in, half the time I don’t even notice. Though, I do hate 2nd person with an unrivaled vengeance…

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  5. I would also say that I’m the watcher type of reader as well. I prefer third person perspectives because there’s just an added depth to the world building and storytelling that way. And the second quote is from The Wrath and the Dawn, and I want to say the first is from either The Forbidden Wish or maybe The Star-Touched Queen? (I haven’t read either of the latter two so… it’s just a guess, haha.) 😛

    Summer

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    1. Yess! Third person allows more to be explored in the world building, while first person kinda only sees what the character sees! You’re correct, the second one is from TWATD and the first is from TSTQ ✨ But I should’ve put The Forbidden Wish in too, they all have the same vibe, especially TFW and TWATD since they are both retellings of 1001 nights.

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  6. I’ve never really thought much about it, but I think I’m generally a watcher? I’m going to have to try and notice next time I read, because I’m intrigued now!
    Great post! 🙂

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  7. I’m definitely a watcher, though I’ve never really thought about it. The irony is that when I was younger and a competitive athlete, they trained me to do visualization techniques as a participant, not an observer. So it’s interesting to me that I’ve set all that aside and still behave as an observer 😛

    This is great to think about! I’ll have to pay attention to whether the narrative’s POV impacts my own positioning in the story 🙂

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