TenseApril 5, 2009 at 10:00 AM | Posted in Writing, YA | 5 Comments
Tags: present vs. past tense, tense in YA
When it comes to tense in YA literature, do you have a preference between either past or present tense?
Books written in present tense seem to have gained popularity recently. A few that come to mind at the moment include Wake, Fade, The Hunger Games, etc.
It seems like a few years ago, more were written in the more traditionalistic past tense. I remember days gone by when I wouldn’t even be able to get past the first chapter of present tense books. But now, it seems like that’s all changed.
Is the YA market shifting more in this direction, or is this simply an observation of sudden enlightenment? It would be really great to get a discussion going on this topic, so I won’t subconciously sway your opinion with my own preferences just yet.
So, without further ado, some leading questions: What do you prefer when writing, and then when reading? Is this simply the current trend in publishing, or is this the natural direction in which the industry needs to transition? Do you have any major pros/cons for either/or?