The debate of distance and third-person vs first-person PoV is interesting, and worth exploring. Great examples here, Nola, of how third-person can still enable a reader a close-up 'feel what they're feeling' experience. Having written in both, I think I've come to prefer writing third-person over first, though I can't really give a sole reason why. Maybe it's all the 'I's? :) That said, I read a great example of first-person PoV narration recently in Aussie author Skye Melki-Wegner's novel 'Agent Nomad: The Eleventh Hour'.
Thanks for the tip about Agent Nomad. Will have to check it out. I'm reading Book 2 in Marie Lu's Legend series at the moment and she uses dual first-person, which is interesting. I've written short stories in both, but I'm not sure how I'd go writing a whole novel in first person. There are a lot of good tips around about deep point of view and I'm still getting my head around some of that. I might do a post on that at some point. But it's amazing how you can still have that close connection with characters when you use some of those tips for third-person POV. Thanks for your comment, Adele.