Is Opaque written in First Person?

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Is Opaque written in First Person?

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I was lead to believe this boom was in first-person narration, but when I read it it was in present, third-person limited. From my understanding it is only first person if the main character has the pronoun "I" in the narration when referring to themselves. Third-person limited is when the narration is only from the main character's prespective, but uses the pronouns "he", "she" or "they".
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It is written in the perspective of the main lead and not as if someone else is describing him but it's not first person narration either. Adam is not the one sharing his story.
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Musk doaab wrote: 18 Mar 2020, 14:58 It is written in the perspective of the main lead and not as if someone else is describing him but it's not first person narration either. Adam is not the one sharing his story.
I think it is still considered third person limited, it's just third person limited in present tense.
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It’s very oddly written in a way that never uses first person pronouns, but the POV is that of the character highlighted at the moment (Carly/Adam, depending on the chapter).
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I understood it to be in the third person, since there is no I or reference to someone's self. Yet the narration does follow Adam very closely so we know his thinking and motives etc
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I understand this is third person limited, in present tense, and the story is told by switching through multiple characters' perspectives.
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It is not written in first person since it is not Adam narrating his own story.
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Post by Sumansona1344 »

It is written in third person. The narrator is narrating the story from Carly/Adam's perspective in different chapters. There is no use of "I" pronoun. If Adam/Carly were narrating their own story by using words like "I" then we could have said that the story is written in first person.
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Where there is no use of "I", a story can't be classified as being told in the first person narrative. So it was written in third person.
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This book is not in the first person narative but a third person because of the obvious reason of not using the 'I' pronoun.
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Post by edztan15 »

It is in third person but I understand where the confusion is coming from. Adam's character always has his introspective moments, and the narration style seems like we are taking a peek in his mind, that's why it feels like it's written in first person.
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Okay, good! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who was seeing this. There's another thread that's dedicated to the book being in first-person, and it had me all kinds of confused.

The narration weirded me out a lot and just felt off and confusing a lot of the time, so I tried to do some digging to figure out what was bugging me. The closest I found to describe it was a third-person, "multiple perspectives narration," and that made the most sense to me.
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This book isn't first-person. It's written in third-person and it follows a few character's perspectives in particular. We do seem to get a deeper look into the mindset of a few of these characters, even though it is third-person.
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If there are no first-person pronouns, like "I" or "me," then the story is not written in first-person point of view. It is written in third person limited, and it shifts from character to character.
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I thought that it was third-person omniscient. I found it very interesting to read this point of view!
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