What’s the effect of using third person narrative?

What’s the effect of using third person narrative? There are three that I can think of offhand. Probably more but these are starters:

  1. Your reader can know everything you, the writer, wishes them to know about any or all of your characters. Their actions, thoughts, wishes, hopes, etc.
  2. Your storytelling isn’t limited to just what your viewpoint character knows. It can be limited if you use a limited third person narrative, but that’s your choice.
  3. Your reader will ONLY know what your characters are thinking, feeling, etc, IF you make an effort to get that information across. Often this is ignored because it’s very easy, in a third person narrative, to just show the action. So, if you want those feelings, etc, to be in the story, you must figure a way to get it there. There are techniques. They aren’t necessarily intuitive or easy to learn, but they can be figured out or copied from successful authors who know how to do it.

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