I've been wanting to start a thread on this for some time, but have avoided doing so for fear that a possible consensus would discourage my writing. Incidently, I ask that people try to avoid turning this into another 1st Vs 3rd discussion, as we already have a sticky for that. I've tried writing in 3rd, but am much much happier in 1st and have chosen to stick with this POV (right or wrong). However, during some recent digging on the subject I was a little perturbed to discover how many people consider a first-person narrative to be primarily for beginners or writers aiming at the YA market. Where does this idea come from? On what grounds are the opinions based?