As a reader it never occurred to me to care - first person or third? As a writer I notice its importance, but I feel comfortable writing in both. But as an observer of human tendencies, I notice that some people have definite opinions on the subject.
Yesterday I shared with you a bit of my own work. It was a piece of lighter mystery fiction I wrote, perhaps to be completed, perhaps not. The response was phenomenal! And I don't just mean praise. I gained invaluable knowledge from just this small sampling of readership.
One particular response stuck with me. Kristi Faith of Random Acts of Writing wrote, "Usually, I prefer third person, but..."
And this this is not the first time I have read bloggers/readers write this.
Unless the writer has completely misjudged, I am comfortable reading a book from any viewpoint.
As a writer the test comes in how you want to tell the story. What is the mood you want to set? How much information do you want to unveil and are you able to do it in first person? I have actually written several chapters of my WIP in different POVs, trying to find the right one. Writing it in first POV helped me get to know the main character a little better, but it also showed me that was not the voice I wanted speaking to readers. In another book, maybe, but not in this one.
How about you? When you read, do you have a preference? When you write, do you always write in one POV, or do you let the story dictate?