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Submitted by Faith on September 11, 2008 - 17:53
So. I'm curious. For those out there who write/draw/a combination of the both, what artistic device do you struggle with using or are suspicious of, even though you've seen it used well in the past? Mine would be internal narration in a comic book/graphic novel, even though I've seen it used magnificently in books like Skim and The Last Frontier (and horribly in many many many many many other books). But it's weird because I don't feel like internal narration by the main character (or any character) should be considered wrong or a cheat, I'm just very ... suspicious of it. And resistant to it.
I tend to think of internal narration as something that is very good at laying out information quickly and painlessly, in situations where the author may not have the page count to otherwise convey it, but at the same time, I sometimes feel that when a character does that, I'm being talked at. Which, while I understand it fine, is ... I don't know, somewhat artificial feeling? Maybe it makes me feel like I can see the workman-like supports of the story, as the author lines up the players and explains how they relate to each other. Which, again, there's nothing wrong with that ... maybe I'm too aware of the device and it tends to remove me (as a reader) from the story for a moment.
Anyway. I see the usefulness of internal narration, but it also bothers me some times. What literary/artistic device do you struggle with using in your own work, even if it's not a device you outright dislike?