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First or Third Person?

PowerPlay

Moon
Joined
Jun 9, 2019
Location
Somewhere
*** Yes, buckle-up ladies and gents because this is a RANT ALERT. ***

First-person roleplaying is terribly stigmatized on BlueMoon.

Which I've always found to be so strange, because some of the greatest writers and works of fiction in the literature world have been written in first-person perspective.
I think it's an unfortunate reality that first-person roleplayers on BMR get rejected, shoved aside, or not taken seriously because of the X.Y.Z reasons listed by everyone above.
Are these X,Y,Z reasons true? Yes and no to all of them, because at the end of the day --- it all comes down to who's behind that computer screen. It all comes down to the PERSON. The same concept applies to third-person writers.

I have been writing for over 15 years and have had both TERRIBLE roleplayers in BOTH third and first. However, some of my greatest stories have come from first-person interaction, simply because I love how "into a character's mind" first-person perspective provides.

- Do the lines get blurred between fiction and real life with first-person perspective?
It can, but I have seen it get blurred with both third and first. It's not a reflection of the perspective, but of the actual professionalism and mindset of the writer.

- Do smut writers use first-person more often than third?
Nope! BlueMoon is an erotica-based RP forum, and the majority of writers are third-person roleplays. What does that say about that? At the end of the day, we are all here to have the privilege to roleplay 18+ content. Smut comes in all forms and perspective, and considering I would say upwards of 85+ percent of roleplayers on BMR write in third, meaning that majority of smut players are likely third-person writers. But as Joey from FRIENDS would say, the point is "Moo".

- Are first-person writers less experienced or mature?
Hard, hard NO. I have written with over 100 fellow writers and roleplayers, and statistically speaking, the least experienced and least mature writers are actually the ones who can't take no for an answer and are unable to take criticism or accept the fact that you have lost interest in the story. Neither of those reasons have to do with the preferred perspective of writing. Again, it comes down to the person behind the screen.

- First-person perspective is unprofessional!
lolwut? Professional writers have written award-winning novels, novellas, and stories using first-person perspective. It's not unprofessional. It's a legitimate form used by some of the most talented writers in the world to create quality literature.

- First-person perspective is creepy!
Is it creepy? Is it SUPPOSED to be? Sometimes the goal of first-person perspective is to make the reader uncomfortable; for them to really experience the mental state of the character they are reading. If it makes you feel creep-ed out or invasive, then maybe the first-person writer is actually doing a great job. It all depends on context, story, and again, comes down to the PERSON. A terrible writer will be bad in BOTH first and third!

TL;DR version of my rant:
The preferred perspective for writers has NOTHING to do with quality, professionalism, maturity, or experience.
Terrible writing does not come from the writing perspective chosen. It comes from the writer being, well, TERRIBLE!

Closing statements:
YOU GUESSED IT. I'm a first-person perspective roleplayer. Every single one of my writing partners has, at some point in time, expressed their appreciations and love for my style of writing. There is so much more to my work than just "FIRST-PERSON", and to reduce my writing to mere stigmas that are neither true nor factual is a damn shame. I tend not to trust writers who think first-person perspective embodies any of the above stigmas expressed in my post. An experienced writer knows that great works of fiction come from TRUE TALENT and appreciates that quality work can come in all forms of literature (and ultimately is not based on whichever perspective is preferred/ chosen). Apologies if that is offensive, bull-headed or snobby in any way.

But that's my two-cents. :3
(please don't hate me)
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CasualVelociraptor

Super-Earth
Joined
Sep 7, 2019
@PowerPlay That was a very well reasoned alternative point. I don’t think anybody who has an ounce of integrity on here should hate you for this. I do want to give an alternative theory (apologies if it’s already been stated before) why first person may not be used often on BMR or other roleplaying sites; if one person does first and the other third it can be very conflicting to have the viewpoint shift instantly, while if both people are writing first it could feel like characters are fighting for the spotlight.
 

PowerPlay

Moon
Joined
Jun 9, 2019
Location
Somewhere
@PowerPlay That was a very well reasoned alternative point. I don’t think anybody who has an ounce of integrity on here should hate you for this. I do want to give an alternative theory (apologies if it’s already been stated before) why first person may not be used often on BMR or other roleplaying sites; if one person does first and the other third it can be very conflicting to have the viewpoint shift instantly, while if both people are writing first it could feel like characters are fighting for the spotlight.
LOVE this point because I do, agree, for the most part.

However, I have found that I am (personally) able to disconnect my character from my partners, so when I do role play with another first-person narrator, I don’t find it confusing nor impeding. I don’t feel that “fight for the spotlight”, but I think that’s more based off of the fact that both my partner and I are always on the same page in our story (through OOC) and don’t compete. (Well, we do compete... but not for the spotlight! Just for “who make can make the best plot twist and surprise the other”!)

As for writing one partner in first and another in third —> this actually makes up for the bulk of my role plays, since most roleplayers write in third on BMR. I definitely get how someone can find it confusing or uncomfortable, but I think the majority just require that “adjustment period” if it is new to them then it becomes pretty “moo” (moot) once they have adapted. It’s never honestly been an issue. Like, ever? Once the story starts and the juices are flowing (pun sort of intended there), you don’t notice the perspective difference and it becomes cohesive and conjoint like a real story all its own.

I will say lyrically, I find the first-and-third combination actually the most flattering for what I call “novel-conversion”. That’s if the role play were to ever be converted in to some sort of novel, or would be easier to transfer since only one character/player is in first person, and the rest are third.

Some great food-for-thought!
 

abao

Derpina
Joined
Oct 2, 2019
Location
La la land
From my experience of all of a week’s worth of rping (though with a hefty dose of writing experience in fanfiction), I present my own take on writing in first person perspective.

One thing about first person is that you can’t write about anything that the character doesn’t know. As a 1x1 rp, that limits the things you can do greatly without occasionally breaking out another character’s perspective, or a few paragraphs in third person, both of which is a bit jarring to read. Especially if it’s a high plot to smut ratio rp, at least without a LOT of ooc coordination.

Another problem is that it’s not feasible to describe my character’s appearance often without sounding vain in first person, and even less so in a way that emphasizes how appealing they look in that particular scenario, and so I don’t. Sometimes that’s a turnoff for my partners. Same goes for overall approach, I might be able to portray a confident character with actions alone (as in without using words like confidently), but in first person rping I’ll be forced to do it.

Finally, first person rp requires the narrator be in character, which heavily limits the vocabulary I’m allowed to use. It’s especially difficult to write someone under duress, as they probably won’t have the mind to think in any fancy word with over three syllables, but that’s usually when I want to be the most descriptive.

It’s great when you have the time, but it’s more work than writing in third perspective.

p.s. Should be obvious, but I do like rping in first person, I’m just anal enough about these things that I often break my own immersion when my partner writes something without considering all these.
 

Skyhawk85541

Meteorite
Joined
Oct 8, 2019
So, I'm just curious. Do people tend to write from a first person perspective on here, or is it usually the third? (or maybe it doesn't matter?)
When left to my own devices I usually write in the first person, but sometimes it can sound a little too much like a self-insert, so it'd be nice to hear what other people make of it.
I tend to write more in first person due to it being the way i naturally write
 

DDarko

Meteorite
Joined
Oct 10, 2019
I’m sure it’s whatever people prefer most of the time. I prefer third person to be honest like it’s an actual story.
 
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