"I am born." "I had a farm in Africa" "I have never begun a novel with more misgiving."
Back in the day, novels written in the first person got some respect. When did that change?
I don't know if it's a mystery thing or a "literary" thing, but it seems that writing in third person (or some other variation or combination) gets all the reviews while first person novels are somehow written off as lightweight, anyone-can-bang-them-out yarns. When I started Pushing up Daisies, I wrote in the third person - then when it seemed I'd be writing a series I switched to first to put my protagonist right in the action. I had fun writing lines like "I whacked him in the head with the weed whacker", or "my foot connected with his nose..."
What do you guys think?
BTW Anyone know the titles of the books those three first lines are from? First right answer gets a kewpie doll..