Okay, so whilst drafting out the start of my story, I've found something, and that is that when writing narrative I'm much more natural and confident from third person observer viewpoint, but when writing dialogue and thoughts/introspection, I'm more comfortable in first person. Obviously, I could just bite the bullet and go for one (probably third person), but what if I used both? I presume this isn't an original idea by any stretch of the imagination but I've never seen it done throughout a novel. The idea is basically that for large pieces of action with little talking I'd use an italicized 3rd person view and then the protagonist comments on his feelings in 1st person. A small excerpt from the first chapter: __________________________________________________ The door shook. The walls shook, and the man on the threshold shook, and crumpled on the tiled hospital floor. It was funny, in that way that is called “gallows humour” by those who’ve never watched a hanging. But the eyes, ringed with tiny bloodied needles and daggers – those were not funny, not at all. I was that man. They tell me that I appeared, out of nowhere, and as a nobody; a regular John Doe. I don’t remember what happened, but I liked that. A dead man walking. The irony will become apparent, trust me. __________________________________________________ Small sections of movement, for example, if he gets up to, I don't know, turn on the light or something, might be done in 1st person in order to keep the flow but larger sections would be done in this style. I'd add that this also makes sense a little more because the man IS actually being observed, by God, who is effectively experimenting on him. I like it, so I guess what I'm really asking is if it's a tired and well used trope or something relatively fresh. If it's the former, then can someone point me in the direction of some books that use it, that I can read and learn from?