Edgar Allan Poe is a guilty pleasure of mine. I first discovered Poe in high school in the early 60s. Then I rediscovered him (for the third or fourth time) last year when I checked out a thick volume of his works from the public library. The man was a genius. He was probably mentally unstable, too.
Now that I think back to reading him again last year, one of the things I noticed about his writing, if I’m remembering correctly, is that all of his tales (stories) are told in the first person. Whether the first-person narrator is the admiring side kick of a brilliant amateur detective; or a murderous madman; or the aristocratic friend of a madman; or the victim of The Inquisition. The tale is always told by a first-person narrator.
Like I said, I don’t have his collected works with me as I’m writing this post; but that’s the impression that I’m left with.
Actually, I like the immediacy of the first-person narrator. The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell To Arms and The Great Gatsby all come to mind.
I’ve written plenty of fiction using a first-person narrator.
Just remember, my brother and sister writers, that no matter how much your first-person narrator is similar to you, he or she is not you. He or she is a character in a flash fiction short story. And as such the story is more important than the narrator.
The needs of the story must always come first.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh on a sunny, mild (high 49) winter day.
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