I know that third person is easier to write in and I know that one of the biggest problems with first is that the writer tends to make it too "I" centric, that is he makes the story nothing more than a person constantly referring to their own existence and rarely detailing the world surrounding them. If I write in third person then I am distinctly challenged with description, specifically in regards to not just the setting, but the inner thoughts of other characters. In first, I have only an opinion, that of the main character, to go on. At the same time, third person can become tedious, for me at least. It lacks the ability to ramble (e.g. exposition) and often forces you to speak as though you were nothing more than a beat poet trying to act dramatic whilst rapping about the beauty of dusk boiling the sky orange. Granted, exposition is a dangerous thing. Too much of it and suddenly the story is nothing more than I, I, I, I, me, I, I, me, I, I, etc, etc. I understand the dangers and the problems with both sides, so instead I just want an opinion. For better or worse, I'm writing a very character-based story. Normally I would choose third person, the usual position I take in fiction, but first is looking attractive. At the same time, while I am more than confident in my ability to avoid the obvious problems, first person becomes a bit harder to write as the story proceeds. Yet, this is the sort of story that demands the perspective of the person and not an indifferent narrator. So the question is simple: which would you prefer to read? And yeah, I know I'm not giving you much to go on in regards to the story, but it doesn't seem important and I've wasted enough time as it is. Also, I know it only really matters what I think since I'm the actual person writing it, but I just want some opinions to go on to help me make up my mind. Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. BONUS QUESTION: Why do you prefer first or third?