Quotes on First Person Narrative

There are certain things in 'Twilight'... As much as I'm proud of that movie and I do like it, I feel like maybe I brought too much of myself to the character. I feel like I really know Bella now. But most readers feel like they know Bella because it's a first-person narrative. Kristen Stewart
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First person narrative is a very effective tool but you have to know as a writer how to make it work. James Mcbride
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When I worked on 2001 - which was my first feature film - I was deeply and permanently affected by the notion that a movie could be like a first-person experience. Douglas Trumbull
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I thought it was time to get a group together and the first person I thought of was Wayne Shorter. I called Wayne and in the meantime, Wayne called me to make an album with him, which was Super Nova. Miroslav Vitous
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Jung Chang was the first person to tell a grand historical, political story through a personal narrative. Aminatta Forna
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I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle. Vivienne Westwood
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Growing up, I mostly read comic books and sci-fi. Then I discovered the book 'Jane Eyre' by Jane Austen. It introduced me to the world of romance, which I have since never left. Also, the world of the first-person narrative. Meg Cabot
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Because I write fiction, I don't write autobiography, and to me they are very different things. The first-person narrative is a very intimate thing, but you are not addressing other people as 'I' - you are inhabiting that 'I.' Kate Atkinson
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Marie Houzelle is a master of the first-person narrative. In Tita she has created a strange, utterly original child whose deadpan certainties are a beguiling invitation to readers of all ages. Katharine Weber
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I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that's a big deal. And if you're going to be a leader - if you're a leader and you're the smartest guy in the world - in the room, you've got real problems. Jack Welch
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My god is narrative filmmaking. Darren Aronofsky
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There was a hidden narrative I felt we could get into, It's about an accessible world. Family and relationships are accessible subjects. John Madden
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With the adult ones, I feel I need to get as deep inside the psychology of a character as I can, and that needs to be first-person. In the children's books, I feel I need some distance. I don't want to be the nine-year-old at the center of the story. I need to have some type of narrative voice. John Boyne
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The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity. Scott Turow
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I have a way of making narrative sculpture, where first you make a text and out of that text you make objects. I start with a story and then I make sculpture from that story, it's just that the stories become more and more elaborate. Matthew Barney
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I feel like in a conversation if things get said and then repeated, it sort of becomes inherently part of the narrative whether you want it to be or not. Panda Bear
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Architectural and product designs have a narrative capacity - you can start to tell a story about them and imagine a lot of things. Michael Graves
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The first person you have to resurrect is yourself RZA
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Elvis was the first person in music that I really identified with. Cher
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The first person you lead is you. John C Maxwell
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I actually am always a music first person Duncan Sheik
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Jeremy Popkin's collection of first-person narratives of the Haitian Revolution is an extremely valuable work, accessible, sound and intelligent. I only wish such a book had been available fifteen years ago when I was in the early stages of researching my series of novels. Popkin has been deft and tactful in stitching together these excerpts, and as a result, he manages to tell a complete version of the Revolution almost entirely in the words of the people who experienced it-this book engaged me deeply. Madison Smartt Bell
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I'm happy; I'm a happy person. Brian Wilson
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You have to like everything that you're painting. Maybe on a narrative level it seems harsh... but I like everything in all my paintings. It's as if you need to be less intelligent at that level. John Currin
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Directing music videos, especially ones that are concept/narrative driven is challenging in itself, but Directing a music video within a digital video environment is even more difficult. Jon Jon Augustavo
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The power of the documentary film, when done well, I think is usually more impacting than a narrative, at least for me. Documentaries are also cheaper, they are more accessible to make. Richard Ray Perez
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The more elaborate your narrative, the more the spectator shuts up and listens obediently. And if the filmmaker keeps quiet, the spectator will himself project his own assumptions and sentiments onto the screen. Bruno Dumont
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If you're not [Federico] Fellini you might make something very vulgar. Animation made it possible to maintain unity with all these different narratives. Marjane Satrapi
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I think we're always in the process of writing and rewriting the story of our lives, forming our experiences into a narrative that makes sense. Much of that work involves demythologizing family myths and cultural myths - getting free of what we have been told about ourselves. Sam Keen
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We are opinionated society. We're very happy to spout forth our own views; we're not good about listening. We have to listen to other's stories. Learn to listen to the stories of the terrorists just as we hope that they will listen to ours because very often these narratives express frustrations, fears, and anxieties that most societies can safely ignore. Karen Armstrong
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I've always felt that no one understands why some books of non-fiction endure and some don't, because there's not much understanding among many non-fiction writers that the narrative is terribly important. Robert Caro
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I just hope this [Emmy] is now a part of the status quo that women of color are included in the narratives that continue to write lead roles for us. Viola Davis
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What fiction and art can do, particularly narrative art, is construct consciousness - in a sense, we have to do it for the first time, every time. Aleksandar Hemon
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I have an interest in making first-person games, Fumito Ueda
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After Versace was murdered, the first person to call me was Mandela. Naomi Campbell
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I speak to the paper, as I speak to the first person I meet. Michel De Montaigne
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The first person you have to inspire every day is yourself. Running will do that. Marc Parent
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Matt Hock was the first person who showed me how much fun and how cool it can be to be a Christian, Aaron Rodgers
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I was the first person to go to university from my family. Ellie Goulding
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That decision to commit your life to certain principles and a certain narrative, if I wrote a paper on that, I know I'd find inconsistencies. Matt Stone
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What gets left out is the narrative between the bullets, which would tell us who's going to do what and how we're going to achieve the generic goals on the list. Edward Tufte
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I'm fascinated by the narrative of geology, and I'm a veritable pack rat of a collector on the road. I keep a rock hammer in my car. Marianne Wiggins
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European children are educated in a narrative of human tolerance every day, and if you want to be sure to prevent a backlash, you should at least think of bringing Muslim children and teenagers into the fold of that narrative of tolerance. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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The very act of story-telling, of arranging memory and invention according to the structure of the narrative, is by definition holy. We tell stories because we can't help it. We tell stories because we love to entertain and hope to edify. We tell stories because they fill the silence death imposes. We tell stories because they save us. James Carroll
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The main reason why I'm a documentary filmmaker is the power of the medium. The most powerful films I've seen have been documentaries. Of course, there are some narrative films that I could never forget, but there are more documentaries that have had that impact on me. Richard Ray Perez
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I am fairly optimistic about the disillusionment that produces homogeneity in general. The films that succeed in [theaters] are fairly homogeneous in terms of narrative and vision of the world. Lucrecia Martel
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Escaping into the fantasy of intellectual investigation or narrative story telling makes me feel hopeful. That too is a fiction, but one that makes me feel good sometimes. Andrew Neel
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Terror is now the world narrative, unquestionably. When those two buildings were struck, and when they collapsed, it was, in effect, an extraordinary blow to consciousness, and it changed everything. Don Delillo
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I think that you can treat a classic like a museum piece -stuffed and mounted- or you can make it a living, breathing narrative that is unfolding right then and there. Peter Jackson
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The idea that the curtain rises on what is often more or less a happy scene, and it will fall just a few hours later, and everyone will be dead or have gone mad... I find that kind of narrative very appealing. Daniel Handler
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If you're, like, a PhD student in English, and you look at each instance that Richard Yates is mentioned in the book...it has sort of it's own narrative that one could analyze and write literary criticism about. Tao Lin
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I have to say in premise 'Winter Journal' is really not a memoir. And I don't even think of it as an autobiography. I think of it as a literary composition - similar to music - composed of autobiographical fragments. I'm really not telling the story of my life in a coherent narrative form. Paul Auster
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Having made films, I know very well that the scope of the average 90- to 120-minute movie is about the same narrative heft as a long short story or a novella. Paul Auster
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I obviously read and adore traditional fiction. I teach traditional fiction, I also teach all kind of not-so-traditional fiction. And since I'm such a plot buff, and I'm really such a narrative buff, I can't seem to relinquish my - not just reliance - but excitement about those traditional techniques. Heidi Julavits
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For me, intuitive thinking means associative thinking; intuition causes us to introduce narrative or figurative elements into a poem before we're able to explain why those elements belong. James Arthur
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[My work] looks very cinematic because it's not abstract video art. It's sometimes very narrative and since I play with film grammar in my video work, making a feature film was almost the same challenge. Nicolas Provost
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It would be great to bust through and make history. But what's more important is the opportunity to continue to get roles that are complicated and wonderful, to be a part of the narrative and to get to do what our counterparts are able to do. It doesn't just stop at holding an award. Viola Davis
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I always write too long in the beginning, then it is a matter of going through it over and over again on subsequent drafts, looking for anything that slows down the narrative. It can be hard, cutting out parts I love, but I try to make the book as tight as possible so that the reader doesn't get bored. Chevy Stevens
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Not only am I constantly seeking better performance but also to be a better person, to be respected. Yani Tseng
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You shouldn't just work on your jump shot. You should work on being a better person, a better teammate, and a better friend. Sue Wicks
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What drives the creative person is that we see it all. Wanda Sykes
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Just stay real and stay a real person. Brandon Thomas
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I'm a happy person, and I want everybody else to be happy. Nothing wrong with that. Kenan Thompson
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Being told that you are good at banter is like being told that you are a good person. Dar Williams
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I'm very comfortable writing in the first person; it dives into the character in a way that's difficult if you're writing in the third person. Patti Davis
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Yoga began with the first person wanting to be healthy and happy all the time. Swami Satchidananda
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I'm not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith [or] any of that, and I won't be the last. And it won't be the last for me, either. If you don't like it, change the channel. Carrie Underwood
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I know that the first person I kissed won't be nearly as important as the last person I kiss. Jodi Picoult
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We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. Henry David Thoreau
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Coming in second place just means you were the first person to lose.... Jeff Hawkins
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My father was an innovator. He's the first person who sang and set Rumi's poetry into music 35 years, 40 years ago. Hafez Nazeri
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I think every first-person narrator in a novel should be compromised. I prefer that word to unreliable. Charles Palliser
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One of the strategies for doing first-person is to make the narrator very knowing, so that the reader is with somebody who has a take on everything they observe. Rachel Kushner
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The first person to make me realize there was someone behind the film was Steven Spielberg. Philippe Falardeau
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As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me. John C Maxwell
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I would so hate to be a first-person character! Always on your guard, always having people read your thoughts! Jasper Fforde
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Fuel conservation is a necessity, and I have to be the first person to set the example. Veerappa Moily
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If I hadn't had a childhood career, I probably would've signed a contract with the first person I came across. Shania Twain
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Using a first-person narrator is simply a matter of hearing the voice inside yourself. James Lee Burke
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I am not the first person to give birth naturally. Billions of other women have come before me and have done this - so why can't I do it? Gisele Bundchen
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