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22nd Sep '15 4:05:25 AM gallium
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* ''Literature/AllTheLightWeCannotSee'', a novel that follows a French and a German teenager through UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, is told in present tense, even when the story skips backwards ten years after the first chapter.
4th Sep '15 11:37:46 AM TakeV
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* Literature/HyperionCantos, in particular The Fall of Hyperion, uses this during John's dreams of the pilgrims.
26th Aug '15 9:44:37 AM Korodzik
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* Some of the work by [[Website/ThingsOfInterest Sam Hughes]], including ''Literature/FineStructure'' and ''Literature/{{Ra}}''.
20th Aug '15 2:36:40 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 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 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, which is almost entirely written in the past tense, pauses occasionally to describe what is occurring as the narrator is writing.
9th Aug '15 4:52:40 PM eroock
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The present tense tends to give a work a sense of urgency and immediacy, and as such is often used to increase tension in the story. The narration may switch from past to present- with or without explanation- to fulfil this end.

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The present tense tends to give a work a sense of urgency and immediacy, and as such is often used to increase tension in the story. The narration may switch from past to present- present -- with or without explanation- explanation -- to fulfil this end.
20th Jul '15 11:28:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' is written entirely in present tense first person, with the exception of the very last lines.

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* ''AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' is written entirely in present tense first person, with the exception of the very last lines.
24th May '15 12:46:11 PM bravo104
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* ''AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' is written entirely in present tense first person, with the exception of the very last lines.
22nd May '15 4:08:32 AM StarTropes
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* Matthew Stover sometimes uses the present tense in his {{Novelization}} of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'', often accompanied by SecondPersonNarration.
12th May '15 8:49:56 AM StFan
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* ComicBooks using {{Thought Caption}}s naturally have PresentTenseNarrative, since the "narration" is the character's thoughts. ''SpiderGirl'' combines it with SecondPersonNarration: "You are Spider-Girl!"

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* ComicBooks using {{Thought Caption}}s naturally have PresentTenseNarrative, since the "narration" is the character's thoughts. ''SpiderGirl'' ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' combines it with SecondPersonNarration: "You are Spider-Girl!"
4th May '15 8:44:26 AM SeptimusHeap
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* A trope often found in Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's work, such as ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}'', ''{{Rant}}'', or ''Literature/FightClub''.
* The novel ''{{Elsewhere}}'' by Gabrielle Zevin is entirely written in the present tense. YMMV as to whether or not it works well, or makes the book sound stilted and awkward.

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* A trope often found in Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's work, such as ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}'', ''{{Rant}}'', ''Literature/{{Rant}}'', or ''Literature/FightClub''.
* The novel ''{{Elsewhere}}'' ''Literature/{{Elsewhere}}'' by Gabrielle Zevin is entirely written in the present tense. YMMV as to whether or not it works well, or makes the book sound stilted and awkward.
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