OK, so I didn’t really know that books could be written in present tense until I stumbled upon Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me. It was very disconcerting and I guess that’s why for me, it was constantly an issue when a book is written in present tense. I don’t know why, but it was just mentally jarring and something very new and outside of my comfort zone.
Books using past tense are very easy to relate to, in my experience, and I just grew up with them, so I guess I didn’t really know that any other kind of book existed. But then I came across Divergent, by Veronica Roth, the trilogy that the entire world has been raving about, and I was SO WARY going into it, because it’s written in present tense and that was something I was very uncomfortable with, but when I did start the book, I honestly couldn’t back down.
The fact that it was written in present tense completely flew over my head, and I just immersed myself into the novel and the characters and the FEELINGS. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that its really up to your personal tastes – mine evolved over the years and currently I have no qualms reading in present tense – in fact, I’ve even started to prefer present tense over past.
What do you think? Which writing style appeals to you most, and which tense do you think is more likely to gain readers?
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