Melissa at Proffitt.com
Fri Apr 4 00:56:19 EST 2003
On Thu, 3 Apr 2003 10:43:02 +0100, Philip.Belben at eme.co.uk wrote:
>Does anyone else find present tense narratives for novels harder to read?
I don't at all, but I seem to be in the minority. I only find it hard to
read if it's inherently flawed, but the present tense doesn't itself drive
A side effect of this is that I very rarely see the purpose of deliberately
using present tense. Because it's just as invisible to me as any other
style, I never notice the thing it's meant to draw attention to, so it's
ineffective (to me) as a literary technique. The only exception is when
it's used in conjunction with literary past tense in an epistolary or
journal conceit, and then it makes the conceit seem more realistic.
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