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17th Sep '17 1:32:35 PM nombretomado
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See also HowDoIUsedTense, for when this is done by accident.

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See also HowDoIUsedTense, UsefulNotes/HowDoIUsedTense, for when this is done by accident.
28th Aug '17 11:05:41 PM PaulA
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* The second half of ''The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'' by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin.

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* The second half of ''The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'' "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas" by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin.
2nd Jul '17 12:05:12 PM Alia_of
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* Some chapters of Creator/IainBanks's ''Complicity'' are written in SecondPersonNarration in present tense. These describe the actions of a murderer. It really helps to hide the identity of the killer (even their gender) but is also very creepy.
2nd Jul '17 12:03:04 PM Alia_of
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* ''Literature/ThreeDarkCrowns'' is written wholly in third person (from the PoV of three [[TheProtagonist young queens]]) in present tense.

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* ''Literature/ThreeDarkCrowns'' is written wholly in third person (from the PoV [=PoV=] of three [[TheProtagonist young queens]]) in present tense.
2nd Jul '17 12:01:48 PM Alia_of
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* ''Literature/ThreeDarkCrowns'' is written wholly in third person (from the PoV of three [[TheProtagonist young queens]]) in present tense.
10th Apr '17 5:46:02 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Labyrinth of Reflections'' novels by SergeyLukyanenko, all scenes taking place in RealLife are narrated in the past tense, while all scenes inside the local {{Cyberspace}} are in the present tense. [[spoiler:This is also the first clue that the ending of the first novel never happened in reality.]]

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* In the ''Labyrinth of Reflections'' novels by SergeyLukyanenko, Creator/SergeyLukyanenko, all scenes taking place in RealLife are narrated in the past tense, while all scenes inside the local {{Cyberspace}} are in the present tense. [[spoiler:This is also the first clue that the ending of the first novel never happened in reality.]]
27th Mar '17 3:38:57 AM Tightwire
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Stories which use the present tense sometimes take the form of a journal or ApocalypticLog, but when not, and written entirely in FirstPersonNarrative, a Present Tense story can feel whiplash fast, with the sometimes jarring feeling of the reader being right there, seeing through the main character's eyes and thinking their thoughts. It also leaves the reader with the question of whether the narrating character will even survive, whereas if the story was implied to be the recollections of the character [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis written after the fact]], we could reasonably assume [[DidYouDie they did]].

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Stories which use the present tense sometimes take the form of a journal or ApocalypticLog, but when not, and written entirely in FirstPersonNarrative, a Present Tense story can feel whiplash fast, with the sometimes jarring feeling of the reader being right there, seeing through the main character's eyes and thinking knowing their thoughts.thoughts and opinions. It also leaves the reader with the question of whether the narrating character will even survive, whereas if the story was implied to be the recollections of the character [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis written after the fact]], we could reasonably assume [[DidYouDie they did]].


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However, Third Person Narrative can also be written in the Present Tense; the story is still fast but the reader gets the sensation of being right there, ''following'' the characters in their adventure. Done badly it evokes frustration and a sense of helplessness, done well the reader cares deeply and fears for the character's lives.
20th Nov '16 7:24:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* The second half of ''The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'' by UrsulaKLeGuin.
* Parts of ''TheTomorrowSeries'' are written in the present tense; the whole thing is Ellie's diary of what's happened, which she's writing in big chunks at a time, so most of the action is past tense but a lot of the reflective passages describe what's going on amongst the group in the present tense.

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* The second half of ''The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'' by UrsulaKLeGuin.
Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin.
* Parts of ''TheTomorrowSeries'' ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'' are written in the present tense; the whole thing is Ellie's diary of what's happened, which she's writing in big chunks at a time, so most of the action is past tense but a lot of the reflective passages describe what's going on amongst the group in the present tense.
19th Oct '16 3:02:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/GeneWolfe frequently uses this technique, often requiring the reader to piece together the real story from fragments of a journal. In the Literature/BookOfTheShortSun, the narrator switches between present and past tense depending on whether he is describing his past adventures, or the ones occurring as he is writing. Even the BookOfTheNewSun, which is almost entirely written in the past tense, pauses occasionally to describe what is occurring as the narrator is writing.

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* Creator/GeneWolfe frequently uses this technique, often requiring the reader to piece together the real story from fragments of a journal. In the Literature/BookOfTheShortSun, ''Literature/BookOfTheShortSun'', the narrator switches between present and past tense depending on whether he is describing his past adventures, or the ones occurring as he is writing. Even the BookOfTheNewSun, ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'', which is almost entirely written in the past tense, pauses occasionally to describe what is occurring as the narrator is writing.
26th Jun '16 5:01:18 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': Some chapters are written in present tense, but others are written in past tense.
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