by Adam Huddleston
Sometimes we take for granted our readers’ understanding of literary terms. This week, I wanted to quickly define the main types of narrative.
First-person narrative: The story is told from the narrator’s point of view. Pronouns seen are typically I and me. If the plot is in past tense, the reader knows that the narrator will survive whatever dangers they face. If it is in present tense, the suspense is still there.
Second-person narrative: The story is told from the reader’s point of view. You are actively participating in the plot. A well-known example of this is the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.
Third-person narrative: The story is told from a narrator outside of the story. They may either be omniscient or remain in the “heads” of one or more of the characters. This is the most commonly seen type of narrative.