Tuesday, November 24, 2015
What’s Up With The Present Tense In Literary Fiction?
“The present tense seems natural for capturing ‘the jitter and flux of events, the texture of them and their ungraspable speed,’ [Hilary] Mantel explains. ‘It is humble and realistic – the author is not claiming superior knowledge – she is inside or very close by her character, and sharing their focus, their limited perceptions. It doesn’t suit authors who want to boss the reader around and like being God.'”