According to Laura Miller, female authors have more difficulty writing a book from the first-person plural (“we”) perspective than male authors do. “The communal inclinations of women, though often praised, are riddled with ambivalence, and that makes the first-person plural a particularly fraught choice for women writers,” she argues.
Where’s the ambivalence in Rand, whose Anthem Miller mentions? Rand may be a shitty writer, but she’s about as didactic as they come. And, closer to hand, while weblogs aren’t narratives, Lizzie Skurnick’s Old Hag site uses the first-person plural as adroitly as TMFTML‘s.
I keep resolving to stop mentioning Miller’s columns until I find one to agree with, but she continues to come up with such infuriating, simplistic theses that I just can’t stop myself.