Sure plot, setting and characters are crucial elements of any book, but here at Teenreads, we think that narrators
are the unsung heroes of novels. A first-person narrator can really take you inside the head of a character, and allow you to truly feel their joy, fear, love of cocoa puffs…what-have-you. A third person omniscient narrator lets you understand the whole world, and feel the suspense as the protagonist is making a decision that youknow
--- as a reader with more information ---is the wrong one. But as Jodi Lynn Anderson
, author of THE VANISHING SEASON
, writes in this blog post, some of the most interesting narrators are the peripheral
ones --- characters on the fringes of a story, looking in. Below, she tells us why.