Scafloc Posted August 25, 2010 Share Posted August 25, 2010 Some time ago when we were discussing how an article should be written we decided to take Jaime Lannister as an example. At that time Ser Greguh noticed that the parts of the Jaime Lannister up to A Feast of Crows were written in the past tense and from that point in the present tense:Any thoughts on verb tenses? Right now these are kind of all over the place. In the Jaime article we're using for reference, all the events prior to Feast are described in the past tense, but the Feast section is in the present tense. I really don't like that. I've used the breakpoint between past/present tense to be anything that happened prior to the start of the books, and the present tense for anything that occurs within the books themselves. Thus, I would say:"Jaime Lannister was born in Casterly Rock", but"When Bran Stark discovers his illicit affair with Cersei, Jaime throws him from a window." Maybe the explanation of the inconsistent use was because for the writer of the article was reading AFFC short time. Anyway I agreed and because nobody objected since then we have done it like that. (No doubt there are exceptions). But like Pale Griffin pointed out how do we handle major changes (in a character or house) that occur during the books? Do we keep using present tense although can seems strange. For instance House Tully is attained in AFFC. Should the article then still state that the house is the overlord of the Riverlands? That seems weird.We could say that the house was overlord of the Riverlands. An other possibility is saying that at the time of the books the house is overlord of the Riverlands. And then further in the article state that House Tully is attained and loses their overlordship and so on. So let us hear your opinions please. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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