Those of you who follow my reviews will know that I’m forever talking about narrators and how interesting I find them. The ‘unreliable narrator‘ can be put to very good use by authors, not only mystery writers, but also writers of other genres.
An unreliable narrator, a term first used by Wayne C. Booth in 1961, is somebody who in work of fiction tells the story, but whose version of the truth leaves a lot to be desired. There are many different classifications and definitions and I thought I’d share some articles about the subject, in case you’re thinking about using it. And a few lists of favourite unreliable narrators (I’m sure you have your own).
The link above, from Wikipedia, suggests a possible classification or different types, for example, narrators who are liars, who are mentally ill, children or immature, pícaros…
This link from Now Novel offers a general description and discussion of the term, with some clear examples.
This link from Writers’ Digest shares some tips on how to use the unreliable narrator in your writing. Unmissable!
Two lists with suggestions of well-known unreliable narrators, with a few books in common.
This one is from Flavorwire.
This one from the Guardian.
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Olga Núñez Miret
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Thanks Olga. I really enjoyed this. I’ve never even considered writing as a truly unreliable narrator. It could be fun… but no doubt challenging. The links were great too. Mega hugs.
Thanks, Teagan. I just finished reading a very interesting book (review coming up soon) and I thought it was an interesting topic. I guess Lilith could be classed as an unreliable narrator (or perhaps she’s the most reliable of all?). ♥