I just finished reading Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Actually, that's not true. I just finished listening to it--my first audio book. I have to say it was a first for me in a lot of ways. I have a tendency to lean toward romance when I pick a novel, and even though this has a bit of "love" twisted in with the danger and suspense, it's more a Dystopian Young Adult. I've only read a handful of those. I must say I really liked Hunger Games and can't wait to get the sequel.
The other thing that was different, was the tense. I'd only read one other book in present tense and at first it seemed strange. By the time I was finished, I love it. I've never written present tense, but am seriously considering it on my next project. I'd love to give it a try and see if I can do it. I imagine it to be hard at first, stumbling over my words and catching my habit of writing past tense in every sentence, but after a while, I think it will be easier, just like listening to Hunger Games was.
So, I'm curious. Have you tried writing in present tense? Is it always in 1st person or can it be done in 3rd? Do you have any advice? Is this something just for YA or do you think adult fiction can handle it too?