Present Tense Poll

It’s come up with three different writers this week — the path of writing in present tense. And every time it comes up, someone says, “Well, Hunger Games is in present tense.” (personal pet peeve: using an extreme example to prove your point. Dude, that’s an extreme example.) As a reader, I feel pretty strongly about this. It sounds like most readers do, so, let’s find out!

Do You Like Present Tense

  • I don't dislike it (29%, 5 Votes)
  • Yes (18%, 3 Votes)
  • No. I'll avoid it as much as I can (12%, 2 Votes)
  • I'll give it 1 page to suck me in (12%, 2 Votes)
  • I don't notice tense (12%, 2 Votes)
  • I'll read something like Hunger Games so I don't "miss out" (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Yes, but only in certain genres (6%, 1 Votes)
  • I'll give it less than 5 pages to suck me in (6%, 1 Votes)
  • I'll give it less than 10 pages to suck me in (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Present Tense? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I'll read it if highly recommended (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments too!



  1. It’s a bit situational. Sometimes it lends a sense of immediacy or urgency to the text, but if it doesn’t start out that way, I tend to find it kicks me out of the story.

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