Nathalie's Notes

Raising the Hardy Boys

I generally try to avoid making my friends pick sides in an argument. But I'm on deadline and need some third and fourth opinions since I vehemently disagree with Matt's.

So please give me your honest take on this debate Matt and I are having tonight. Don't worry, if you side with him I will not stay mad for long. Probably not even overnight.

I may have mentioned he's an English teacher. Which has its advantages, except when he seems to relish marking my drafts with corrections in red.

After reviewing my draft, Matt was appalled at my use of the second person. I think it works in the right situations.

"A journalist using second person? Isn't that like baseball players using steroids? No that's not a good metaphor because steroids make you more powerful and second person makes you weak!"

What do you think? Does second person have its place? Or, does that conversational tone belong only in casual conversations?

2 thoughts on “Your thoughts?

  1. Derek Young says:

    Depends, is it a “Choose your own adventure” story? As in:
    Zombies are attacking your town. Do you…
    a) head for the nearest tavern remembering the bartender has more ammo and alcohol than you do.
    b) find a pretty girl to impress with your zombie fighting skillz.
    c) give up and let them bite you. BRAINS!!!
    If you chose a, go to paragraph 1….
    Anyway, you’re right, you don’t see it much. But it can work depending on what you’re doing. If it’s an instructional article, then it’s totally appropriate. I like it as a narrative in noir. Lehane wrote a short story not long ago in second person called Until Gwen.
    In case you were wondering, the correct answer is “b”. It’s a good thing you took those ninja lessons.


  2. emily says:

    Send over the draft…I’m lost!


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