Fredrik Backman Writing Styles in Britt-Marie Was Here

Fredrik Backman
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Point of View

This novel is written from the third person point of view with an emphasis on Britt-Marie. The narrator is omniscient only in regard to Britt-Marie’s emotions, thoughts and actions. The other characters are seen through the filter of Britt-Marie. Their actions and words are reported but their emotions and thoughts are not known unless they are told to Britt-Marie.

The third person point of view allows the reader to get an unbiased view of Britt-Marie. If the story were told in first person it is likely that the reader would get too close to Britt-Marie. The third person point of view allows the reader to get to know Britt-Marie while still maintaining some distance.

The third person point of view also allows the reader to see the changes in Britt-Marie through the course of the novel. These changes would not be as spectacular if...

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