Best POV, a risky call?

In Nancy Kress’s “Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint” she said since children are still identifying with themselves, they may have a hard time relating to first person narratives. Novels such as Harry Potter, Cinderella, to name a few, would be more suitable, because they are written in third person limited narrations and make it easier to identify characters. It eliminates the “I” factor. Kids, and even adults may wonder the entire time who am “I” and misunderstand the protagonist all together. My choice of POV depends on my plot, the lead character’s obstacles, and the story’s mood. If the story is about a young boy lost in the mountains, using first person might capture his emotional response more clearly: first person would put readers inside his head,and connect with his thoughts…but what if young readers, or readers in general don’t know how to connect with themselves? In this case changing to third person limited might be more effective: where they would not be in the character’s mind so long, and would see them from a third  Its all a choice and a risk, and impossible for authors to know exactly how their audience will react to their protagonist’s internal dialogue. I think the important thing is no matter what narration an author uses, it should bring readers in to the character’s world: challenges, emotions, obstacles…so deep the character seems real. That is what I think makes a story a fun story.

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