I may have mentioned before that The Blurt is a first person narrative. To be honest I can’t really imagine the book working as anything else, but I’ve been feeling a little uneasy about it recently. This is due to my having read a couple of first person novels and not liking them.
More to the point, objecting to how relationships are/aren’t explained in them.
There have been relationships between the narrator and other characters that mystify me as a reader. I can’t see why, say, the love interest is willing to overlook the fact the protag is clearly insane. Or exactly what a particular look from the mentor character is supposed to mean.
Obviously these things aren’t clear because the narrator doesn’t explain them. I’m sure there were ways that the author could have had the narrator do that naturally, so it’s not fair I guess to blame first person for it. Still, I can’t say I see this problem much in third person novels.
And it’s got me worried. If this is a trap of first person, then there’s a fair chance I might fall into it too.
Usually, I take comfort in the idea that such things will be picked up by my edit and beta people, but then these are books by experienced authors at big publishing houses…hmm.