It also means I can sing everywhere and all the time, which I can't do in a dorm room because it's embarrassing.
But it also means I can do more reading for fun! Right now, I've checked out Stay With Me (Garret Freymann-Weyr), Alligator Bayou (Donna Jo Napoli), and Cybele's Secret (Juliet Marillier). I have a new project being rolled around in the back of my head. The main character's name is Clare. She is half-Asian. It's an urban fantasy and has Irish/Celtic mythological influences. I haven't fully decided what POV and tense it's going to be in (sorry for the acronym-happy blog title).
It seems to me like a lot of people hate present tense. With a passion. Well, let me rephrase that. It's one of those extreme things. You either love it (like I do) or hate it to the point where you will literally put the book away because you can't handle a whole novel written in that style. It also seems like one of those things that could potentially kill your novel for publication if done badly (which is often, supposedly).
I've also noticed that progressively more people enjoy YA. I, for one, definitely read more YA than any other category. But do you think that YA has stylistic differences that set it apart from other fiction? For instance, it is not abnormal for a YA novel to be in present tense. Actually, there are a lot of novels that are in present tense. It brings the narrator and the events more directly to the reader, and I think it connects better with teens. Maybe. And maybe it's a newer movement, so it reads strangely to older readers, but not to younger ones? I've noticed a trend to present tense, especially if the author wants to talk about "serious" subjects, like present tense makes a book more "literary" and "deep." I think this way too, actually, so the quotes aren't meant to be ironic.
The point is, do you think present tense is more acceptable in the YA genre than in other ones?