It seems such a small detail, but as I sit and try to at least get down on paper where exactly I want the story to go (Im a pantser, not a planner, typically), I find myself vacillating between first and third person. And of course once I decide, I'm kind of committed to it unless I want to spend endless hours post NaNo fixing first to third or third to first.
Does anyone switch between first and third (in preference not intentionally in one book), or are you solidly in the first person or third person camp?
I was solidly in the third person limited camp until I read John C. Wright's Orphans of Chaos series, which is written in the first person and does a pretty good job of gripping the reader (I think Roger Zelazny also has successfully used first person in some of his novels). I then had intentions of trying on first person myself twice, but twice chickened out to write in third person limited.
Personally I prefer to write in the third person, but with a focus on one character. I guess that would be called 3rd person limited? I wouldn't get too worried about perspective, though. I have read stories where different chapters have different narrators, depending on what would be more dramatic, and they would have different POVs. You could always just try writing it both ways, and see which perspective flows better before picking and sticking to one.
I, too, usually write in third person, but I am trying first person for my Nano novel. I just read Kathy Reichs' latest Virals novel (YA, first person) and toward the end she does switch narrators a few times with some of the other characters, but most of the book in one character's head.
The book that I ended up publishing- when I wrote it for NaNo it was a first person book, but in the editing and rewriting process I switched over to third person. My romance/EF novels (yet unpublished) tend to be in first person but for some reason when I write ChickLit/Contemporary Romance they move into third. -heavy sigh- I guess I'll just pants it starting at Midnight and see which way it leans :-D
Third person, sometimes limited with multiple points of view, sometimes omniscient. I've had some fun with second person in the past, but I hate first person! I even hate reading first person, with the exception of some YA contemporary, and, of course, memoirs.