Arturo Pérez-Reverte, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

‘The Club Dumas’ author among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, the author of the Club Dumas, the Flanders Panel and the Fencing Master Arturo Pérez-Reverte is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the author's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 19/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Pérez-Reverte for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 69-year-old author, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Pérez-Reverte so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the author have already been named ‘Spaniard Of The Year’ by some major Spanish newspapers and even ‘Cartagena Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Cartagena (Arturo Pérez-Reverte's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the author was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Arturo Pérez-Reverte Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 18 Jun 2021
“Congrats! Arturo has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 18 Jun 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Arturo Pérez-Reverte?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Jun 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Arturo Pérez-Reverte?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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