#introductions time :)
I'm Aria, I'm going to use this account for some of the writing I've been doing lately. I'm working on what I keep saying is a teen transgender urban fantasy.
I read a ton of science fiction, and have a complicated relationship with fantasy. I'm hoping I can build a world I like. Other people too, we'll see.
So who likes magic systems, video game references, ensemble casts, and thinks teenagers are actual people?
In which our protagonist gets a glimpse of how weird the world she lives in is ... by meeting a friend's rather unusual cat. https://lachesis.netlify.com/untitled/scene-ks7yzv
A gender-transformation drabble
If you're into that sort of thing.
@aredridel Today the only authors that frequently need to give detailed explanations of stuff the readers know nothing about are SFF authors. And because exposition has gone out of style, we need to find all kind of work-around to keep in 3rd limited and still give raeders the info they need.
@aredridel Everything I can think of is 3rd omni/objective or 1st.
A point I read a while back is that in Moby Dick, Melville *had* to take several pages to explain *what a whale is* becuase most folks at the time didn't know anything about them.
I think this may play a part in the popularity of omni/objective PoV -- 3rd person stories NEEDED an authorial perspective to fill in info of the setting the reader wouldn't be expected to have.
@aredridel I'm actually tempted to suggest The Count of Monte Cristo, but Dumas tends to directly address the reader fairly often so I'm not sure if that's what you had in mind.
It's remarkable how uniformly Austen is cited as example of the 3rd person in general — omniscient or subjective — by writing howtos and other things talking about the craft of writing. For sure she is among the greatest classic novelists, and her wit and style are in fact well ahead of her contemporaries, but it's still notable the paucity of any other citations in the form.
Northanger Abbey might be a good example — It roams between an omniscient _style_, and a character's point of view, but its observations in the omniscient are largely a self-awareness of the art of the novel, rather than actually portraying much of the action from the dispassionate outside observer.
Okay, time to ask the internet: what are pre-1900 examples of 3rd person limited narration?
I'm trying to answer how much this PoV developed in tandem with (and perhaps in reaction to) cinema, as distinct from theater.
3rd omni/objective maps very well to theater, and has 2000+ years of recorded history — but what of the limited PoV?
I am absolutely enamored with this scene I just wrote and now I need to find a way to use it.
I cannot believe how much mileage one can get out of a goose.
Writing a teen transgender urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
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