Take the 2-minute tour ×
Writers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for authors, editors, reviewers, professional writers, and aspiring writers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

It is very strange to read the narrative from second person, but there are examples! Maybe there are a number of situations which are good for using second-person view?

share|improve this question
add comment

4 Answers 4

up vote 6 down vote accepted

"You're reading the advertisement: an offer like this isn't made every day. You read and reread it. It seems to be addressed to you and nobody else..."

These are the opening words of Carlos Fuentes' Aura, the only example of second person narration I've read.

In Fuentes' case, I think the second person narration contributes to an impression that the protagonist's actions (your actions) are happening in the context of a hypnotic or dream-like state. In Fuentes' story, the technique is effective and compelling.

share|improve this answer
    
Yeah, I really feel like visioning a mirage while reading your quotation. Good point. –  Daniel Excinsky Nov 20 '10 at 16:29
1  
Another example I've read myself is Complicity by Iain Banks. Quite unnerving, since you read of the actions of a serial killer from in the second person... so, you are killing these people. :-P –  Jürgen A. Erhard Dec 10 '10 at 17:44
add comment

Self-help books come to mind.

And thanks to random internet people, we have a list of notable second person narratives

share|improve this answer
add comment

Text Adventure games use a second-person narrative, as do many games that have been inspired by them, including some first person shooters.

You are in a dark room. You might be eaten by a grue.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Choose your own adventure books often use the second person.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.