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This particular technique is risky because it almost always requires cheating the reader by withholding information that the narrator is aware of. For this reason, I prefer using third person rather than first person for unreliable narrators as it creates just enough distance to allow for obscuring a fact or two.
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John Nakamura Remy,
1According to William Riggan she falls into the category of naïve narrator.
What about you? Have you played with unreliability? Allowed your narrator to make mistakes? How do you ensure you don’t cheat the reader? Or have you read books that use this technique? How did you feel when you realised you had been cheated of some of the pertinent facts?
|Elle Carter Neal is the author of Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin, which is available on Kindle and will soon be published in print through CreateSpace. She is based in Melbourne, Australia. To keep in the loop about “Maddie”, join her mailing list here, or find her at ElleCarterNeal.com or HearWriteNow.com|