I read the blog post at Kidlit.com today talking about tense in books and it made me think. What is the big deal? I've read books written in past tense and books written in present tense that I've enjoyed. I've read books written in past tense and books written in present tense that I didn't like. And the tense had nothing to do with whether I liked the books or not. For me, it came down to the writing itself. If the author could craft a story that was engaging, had characters I cared about, and had a satisfying ending, then I liked it. If the writing was flat, then I didn't.
I know there are some people who would disagree. One of the earliest readers of my WiP remarked that the first person, present tense I used was distracting. That surprised me. But I guess if you're used to reading past tense, then going to something in present tense would be more noticeable.
To be perfectly honest, I can't even remember reading anything in present tense until The Hunger Games. I'm sure I did, it's just I don't remember. But The Hunger Games made a huge impression on me because the writing was fantabulous. Now, it seems like present tense is very popular, especially in YA. Some of my favorite reads lately have all been present tense - Matched by Ally Condie, The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan, and Across the Universe by Beth Revis are just a few.
So how do you feel about tense. Do you prefer past tense over present tense or does it matter as long as the story is good?