Arturo Pérez-Reverte, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

‘The Flanders Panel’ author among finalists for TIME’s 2023 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 2023. But while the author's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 01/02/2023 : 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 71-year-old author, as a 2023 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, 31 Jan 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveArturo”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 31 Jan 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Arturo Pérez-Reverte?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 31 Jan 2023

Could 2023 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 2023 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2023?

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