The Fault in our Stars: First Person Perspective

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I read The Fault in our Stars this week as part of the research that I’m doing about books written from the first-person perspective.  I’ve not written from this point-of-view (POV) before and it is much more challenging then writing from the third person POV.

I googled something like “best first-person POV novels and not surprisingly, a whole list of Young Adult books showed up. Since this is my target audience–perfect!

I had read quite a few on the list:  the Divergent series and the Hunger Game series, but I hadn’t paid enough attention to how this POV looks and feels.  How do you, for example, set up quotations during dialogue?

I thought I’d tackle another book on the list–The Fault in our Stars.  Beyond looking for just the POV conventions, this was a great, smart read.  I was surprised by how many references there are in this book to literature and art–I started making a list and boy, it is long.  I thought I might put a guide together about the references so be looking for that in the upcoming weeks.

Like Hazel Grace in this novel, my character is 16.  But that’s where the similarities end.

Making good progress on the novel, despite work and other demands.  I’m into chapter 3 (out of 17) and hope to have a rough draft complete by the end of February and off to an editor and agent by end of March.

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