you know those movies or TV shows where a segment starts well into a story’s middle or near the end, and a character begins telling the story to another, and the film switches back in time? The narration is framed as coming from the character, but we are seeing it. The Usual Suspects and Titanic are like this.
I wish to do this, but in writing form I have to worry about things like perspective - first person? Third? To use the analogy above, in those movies the camera can often follow a different character even when they’re apart from the main character, so it’s not as though the storyteller can tell all those parts and still be the narrator.
I have a story where a group of characters are sitting around telling stories, in this case personal stories.
Each instance, the narrative jumps from “sitting around the table” to “Character x in situation Y”.
My question is, how should I do all the singular stories as 1st person? Third? Does it need to be tight on the character telling the story or could it shift to say, third person in another character’s head, etc? If I decide 1st for one story, do I need to have 1st for all of them?
One reason I ask is that, for one of the stories, I don’t want to be in that character’s head. But shifting perspective might be confusing.
Edit: I realize that my question might be a little confusing in terms of who does what when, so I’ll break it down like thus:
Eddie, Simon and Dan are sitting around a campfire telling stories (lets call this Campfire). Eddie tells a story of how he sold a taco to a ghost (we’ll call The Taco Ghost). Simon tells a story of how Simon and Jennifer managed to tickle a ghost (called Ghost Tickles).
The story’s progression is: Campfire - The Taco Ghost - Campfire - Ghost Tickles - Campfire.
Campfire is third person, but not tight to any one character. Should The Taco Ghost and Ghost Tickle also be third person? Would it be too jarring/odd for one be first person and one be third?
Ghost Tickle is about Simon and Jennifer. Since Simon is the one telling the story in the overall narrative, must it be first person or third person tight to Simon? Would it be too jarring/odd to be either from Jennifer’s perspective, or third person but not necessarily focused on any one character?