This is very interesting, and it depends on what I am writing. Both first person and third person work very well. Sometimes, even combining the two are very effective. I feel that it depends on what the book is, the goals of where you want the book to go, and what you want the reader to feel and achieve is very important when dealing with this.
Both. It depends on the book. I use both in my writing. The Jack Russell stories are told in the first person by the eponymous hero. His daughter Trump narrates the Pet Vet stories. In Candle Iron and Trinity Street, I used multi-third-person, while Replay and Translations in Celadon use double first person, and Shadowdancers uses multiple first. My multi-generational nove Freedom is multiple third person.
I would have to say third person, but it would definitely depend on what I was writing & how well it worked with the Story line.
First person, the viewer or the reader become personally involved,
The voice of the dead form my words, the only sound an Uttuku can hear
Writing in the first person is probably easier in some respects but it really comes to down what you're writing and what view of that world you want to give - just one person's perspective or the complete picture as seen by several people?
Being a journalist I tend toward a first person observer ... but then I really is horses for courses.
I appreciate third person narratives. First person always seems somewhat intrusive as though someone else is thinking your thoughts for you. Despite that, I am a big fan of first person when it is masterfully done, as in the writing of Janet Evanovich and Dick Francis, and classic mystery writers like Raymond Chandler.
At the moment I like the third person, it gives me an opportunity to explore each of the main characters and tell their story from that observed point. First person can be very disjointed to read if it is not done exceptionally well. You can sprinkle first person through your third person view by giving their thoughts in a particular situation, yet maintaining that story teller overview. Perhaps later on I will attempt the first person perspective, at this stage I view that as a future challenge.
I've worked in all three voices, including the "you" which I find quite interesting. Normally, however, I find the "I" (often multiple) as most to my liking. However, I do realizes that the "I" as the eye of a story is eventually a dead end.
It depends on the story. Some arrive in the first person and the story can only be told from the protagonist's point of view. Others unfold as though on the street in front of my home. As with everything else in writing, the story is king and any attempt to bend it to the will of the writer damages the story.
It depends on the subject at hand. First person can become quite impassioned. Third person is more impartial. Iíve used both.
I would have to say first person.
I much prefer third person. First person is so incredibly limited in perspective. You know what only one person is thinking and feeling. While this is true of real life, where you only truly know what's going on in your own head, when it comes to literature, I find I get more of the story when I know what other characters have going on internally.
I often like to mix up the points of view, especially in a novel. I find that writing from both first and third person can keep the perspective fresh, immediate, and personal.