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Orallee69
Posted: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 2:52:20 PM

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Since I prefer reading stories involving female domination, I prefer first person writing. It's arousing from the submissive male point of view, but highly exciting (for me) written from the dome's point of view, particularly if she has "forced" him to do anything oral.
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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 6:38:08 PM

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I guess that I usually tend to mix First and Third together in some stories, And use Third alone in the rest.

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ArtMan
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 12:40:20 PM

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Really no preference. First person is marvelous if the author is successfully expressing their thoughts and feelings in a very well written manner. In that case their story is most enjoyable.

You are invited to read Passionate Danger, Part II, a story collaboration by Kim and ArtMan.
http://www.lushstories.com/stories/straight-sex/passionate-danger-part-ii.aspx

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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 2:08:17 PM

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I prefer to write and read in first person. It seems more intimate to me that way, but there are times when the reader is supposed to feel like a voyeur to the events taking place, and that's when I prefer 3rd person. Second person or the weird "I do this you do that" blend of first and second that I sometimes see here usually turns me off, unless I feel directly targeted by the you. I usually like to choose which character I will imagine myself to be in a story that I'm reading and I can do that best in a first person narrative.

My latest story is too hot to publish. My most recent story before that is Even Stranger In Lust
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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:12:19 PM

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I myself prefer to read first person stories. I get the feeling of being that lucky guy fucking some girls. And when it's first person, you get the emotions of the character. Sometimes you can relate, and sometimes you can only wish.
ChasingSalvation
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 6:46:05 PM

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I always like reading from first person. Third person just doesn't read as good to me. I like to read what the person is thinking, and you can't really do that from a third person point of view.
kahiltna7200
Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:07:48 PM

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I prefer third person. It seems more descriptive to me. First person doesn't seem as believable for some reason. There is no right way or wrong way, to each his own.
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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 1:38:13 AM

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I write about my own fantasies, so most of my stories are told from my own POV
I have done a couple in third person, and at least on in second person
Sweetaboo
Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 6:32:13 PM

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I prefer to write in first person and center the story around a main character, who tells the story as a narrative. However, I have found third person to be more appropriate when the story contains important scenes that the main character isn't involved in and thus can't give a first-person point of view.
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 2:48:21 PM

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Dancing_Doll wrote:


This is not first person. It's called 'second person narrative'.

I don't take the story in the literal sense of putting myself into the other person's position. I can imagine myself as either the writer's perspective or as the person they're writing to/about, so gender differences don't bother me in that regard. Or I can just appreciate it as though I'm reading a letter that I have nothing to do with and watching a scene unfold.

I typically use first or third person, but my last story was in second-person narrative (I wanted to try something different). That perspective has a more intimate and immediate feel but probably is the least popular tense for readers. Having said that, if you can pull off a story, I don't care what tense it's in. I've enjoyed reading stories in all three.



Dancing Doll, your "Hard Candy" is a great story, worthy of a skilled writer like yourself. But it seems to me that it is a first-person narrative more than second-person. It is still voiced from the "I" perspective. Compare to that a novel like Michel Butor's "Second Thoughts" (original French title: La Modification). Butor replaces the first person entirely with "you": "You open the door, you lift your bag into place,..." The result is that a person the "you" interacts with becomes "he" or "she" etc.: "You telephone Véronique. She answers and tells you..."

This kind of experiment was all the rage with the French New Novel, but clearly never made it into the mainstream.
ashflower
Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:53:56 PM

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I love reading first person point of view. It brings you into the story and lets your imagination put you into it. Feeling every sensation and every feeling.
Guest
Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:20:32 PM

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Yeah I prefer first person too
Wilful
Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:51:33 PM

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As a reader, I prefer first-person. It gets me closer to the story, like I'm being told by someone who was actually there. For me, third-person, while still enjoyable, puts me too far outside the story, and I can't get into it as much. It's like I'm watching it, rather than reliving it with the storyteller.

The second-person narrative, or whatever we decide Dancing_Doll's Hard Candy is, can work really well, because I can easily slot myself into the male character, whether it's the "I" or "you" in the story. I just have to be able to relate to the characters somehow.

As a writer, I find the first-person and second-person narrative easier to write, because I'm in it, and can write it subjectively. Detached objectivity is such a pain in the ass.

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TheLovingSadist
Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2013 12:32:47 PM

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I think it depends on the story its self.

There are some stories that are best expressed in good first person style in order to express the feelings underneath the words and draw the reader in. Sometimes, third person doesn't pull me in close enough to let me experience the full perspective of the story as well as first person can.

Then there are other stories, such as those with several characters or POV switches, where third person is easier and better expresses the events in the story. There may still be some events which aren't "fully experienced" in third person, but because there are multiple points of view it can be easier to manage everything from a birds eye view.

And in first person, it is also important which character has the point of view. I had one story that I had to rewrite several times because of this issue. The first time I wrote it, the woman who I wanted the story to focus on came off as looking too weak because it was written from the man's perspective. Then in third person, the emotional intensity of the story dropped, and on top of that she still came off as looking weaker than I wanted her to be. In the end, that story was best written through her own eyes, so that the reader could directly relate to the feelings that he inspired in her and see the story that she experienced.

The most important thing to consider, both as a reader and a writer, is the balance of the story. Some stories just need to be told in certain ways.

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Ace1047
Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:11:03 PM

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Why no option for second person? You know...
"The taste of cum on your lips intoxicates your, making you feel light headed"
I tried to keep that gender neutral.
And a bit weirder example

*removed by moderator*

That second part is a joke. If you kind of felt like you were going to throw up reading it yet you were laughing at the same time, I did what I wanted to.


No judgement on anybody who's into that stuff.

And I've only begun fucking with you people.
At the end of the day, it's all math.
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MasterJonathan
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I have read and written in all three "persons" and for Me it really doesn't matter which one the story is written in. I can read all three (ok maybe I might get a bit skittish if I was reading something like the O.P. read! I am straight as well and "feeling his hardness" may get someone punched in the nose!)

However, this is an interesting thread because as a writer, I like to know what My readers enjoy too!

Guest
Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 3:48:01 AM

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Definitely first person as I can easily place myself in the story.

If anyone has any first person stories, pm me. I would love to read them.

- Laura.
Guest
Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 4:04:06 AM

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Like Laura above, I prefer first person because I like to assimilate myself into the story through them.
LikeJagger
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first person.
JefferyB
Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 12:24:02 PM

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To the original question ... As someone that has written in first person and used the descriptive term "You" rather than a name, I used that particular "style" to personalize the story. Generally those stories (at least MY stories) appeal more to women and they feel as if I am speaking directly to them. And that's the point. If you'll go to my page you will find a current example of such a story in "Get-Away Weekend."
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013 1:14:08 AM

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ashflower wrote:
I love reading first person point of view. It brings you into the story and lets your imagination put you into it. Feeling every sensation and every feeling.


My feelings exactly. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Plus Ashflower is smoking hot and so sexy!!!!!!!!
_mal_
Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:34:15 PM

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Personally, I prefer reading first-person.

Third-person just seems... well... funny to read lol And a little distracting and not as dramatic.
SamHarper
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I think I prefer 1st person in erotica because it feels more like someone telling you about something that happened to them and I find that really hot. I tend to write like that as my stories are my own personal memories or fantasies. That said, third person makes it easier to explore what both characters are thinking/feeling, which can be interesting...

I actually really like 2nd person stories, particularly ones that involve the other person tying the reader up and taking control, but they have to be done really well to work.
scrappybrunette29
Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 11:02:38 PM

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hardnhot18 wrote:
I don't have a preference in general between first and third person (your first and second examples). They're both standard formats for fiction writing, and I've read plenty of great erotic stories using one or the other.

I find references to "you" (second person, your third example) to be challenging as a reader. Unless the story is really compelling to me, a second person perspective will take me out of it. As you noted, you have to identify very closely with that "you" in order for it to work, so a writer risks alienating a large part of his or her readership out of the gate. I generally find it odd to be told what "I" am doing or thinking. Again, there are always exceptions, but that's been my experience.


Wish I would have seen this thread before posting my first story. I totally wrote in 2nd person. Can I go back and edit after the fact? and how do I change I?
HeraTeleia
Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 11:31:25 PM

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I've written in both the first and third person. As a reader, it doesn't matter to me if the story is written in the first or third person, as long as the story itself is well-written.

My first story, a Recommended Read: http://www.lushstories.com/stories/flash-erotica/my-favourite-word.aspx

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It does not matter to me, as long as it's well-written.

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BraveBitch
Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:02:12 AM

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After writing 500+ stories, this is what I think:

First person: If you are writing a short where there is not a very big plot with lots of character and you want to make your reader feel like they are reading someone's real experience then you would write in first person. I have found that stories written in first person's view are hotter. In these kinds of stories sometimes the reader can imagine himself as the main character, too.

Second person: These kinds of stories are less popular and doesn't have much. It is more like writing a letter to someone. I think these kinds of stories are good when you are writing for a few people on demands because there the reader is a character in the story. But these kinds of stories are not mostly liked by both genders. If you have written it as a woman then it's a treat for men or vice versa.

Third person : You have a big plot with many characters then you definitely should write in third person's view. You can write this as first person's view but they you won't be able to share as much as you can.

As a first person view you can only write the scenes where you are present, you can write the things which are happening with you only, but when you write as a third person you can tell about all the characters in your story. You can write what different characters are doing in different scene.

I have written a novel which just crossed 100 pages and I'm still writing it. I have written it as a first person's view because thats how I like to write most of the story. Sometimes I wish that I should have written as a third person's view but I continued it as a first person's view and got quite good response.

So at last few things matters in deciding how do you want to write it, but if you are good then you can write it in any way you want.
For me writing doesn't have a particular rule. I like to write the way I think I'm telling a story to my readers.

[Sorry about my bad English, I might have not conveyed my thoughts properly so no offence to any one]





vines
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:06:00 AM

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I don't know what the differences are. Sorry can't help you. I read BraveChick's post and I still don't know the difference. Just do it bro. It will work its self out.
SixtyMinuteMan
Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 3:42:00 PM

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Reading, I have no real preference between first and third. I just want good. Writing, I enjoy first person for the challenge. Hard to appreciate just how challenging it is to write without narrative omniscience until you try it. And for me there's no bigger satisfaction than making a first person story read as easy and natural and light when it really took so much more effort than telling it in third would have.
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