I’ve been curious about this.
It’s very rarely that I actually DNF a book. Like, I’ve DNF-ed 2 books in the past that were in the middle of a series, but only recently DNF-ed 2 more – one being a standalone, the other a starter to a series. But I know some people really know to a T what they like and DNF way more often. Either way is totally fine!
I wonder, though, what makes you DNF, then?
I think I’ll just list off possible reasons, of course adding when it’s a reason for me, and see what y’all think. I think it’s really hard to get me to DNF a book, so let’s see how many I get, hah.
These are the books I didn’t finish:
Eclipse (Twilight #3) by Stephanie Meyer
Hunted (House of Night #5) by P.C. Cast
Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
- How about just a slow, non-engrossing story? Maybe you don’t like fast-paced?
This definitely varies between individuals – everyone finds different paces and plots to be better than others. So this would probably be a reason for just about anyone. I’m on of them! I have trouble getting into sloooow-paced stories.
Out of the 4 I listed of my DNFs above, that’s part of the reason I stopped with Passenger and The Replacement. They were super slow and the intricacies of the stories didn’t rope me in.
- Lacking connection with characters? Are they too boring?
This actually isn’t a common one for me. I know lots of readers like to really connect with the characters and I totally get why. I love it when I just fall head-over-heels for one. But, unless they are just really boring, I don’t have too many issues with connection. I don’t exactly look for characters I can relate myself or my life to. If it happens, cool! But, really, I’m escaping reality, so I want to live different lives, y’know? But the boring thing has happened.
I’d say The Replacement kinda fits that for me – the main character.
- Maybe the character is just too annoying?
That’s an option, too. I don’t like the whiners or the know-it-alls or the vain ones.
I found Bella from Twilight to finally get really on my nerves in Eclipse. Just me. I just wasn’t a fan of her.
- Maybe a problem with the romance? Too quick? Too slow? Can’t feel the chemistry?
Even if, sometimes, I don’t feel the chemistry, I can stick with a book. Some relationships get better along the way, others don’t. This would never be a sole reason I DNF a book. It has to be a mixture of things. I’m not always a fan of insta-love, but haven’t had it bad enough to DNF. I’ve been into slow-burn a lot, lately. Or maybe it just wasn’t handled well even without any problems with pace or chemistry?
Passenger was one that included this reason. I did not feel the chemistry at all. Hunted, though, is one where I didn’t mind the pacing and I could feel some chemistry between characters, but I didn’t like that it almost turned into something like a love octagon! And I have nothing against characters that are just finding what they like, experimenting, what have you – but I didn’t like how the MC was handling it, I guess…
- Too violent?
I’m all for action, blood, and violence. Now, I like it to still flow well with the story, have some purpose. I especially love the unexpected ones. But I know some people don’t really care for it. Granted, they probably are the ones that don’t read fantasy or supernatural stuff, hah. Lots of fighting in those, generally. Or maybe you just don’t want it written super explicitly.
- Is there a trope that, if done poorly, turns you off?
Plenty of tropes to choose from! I, personally, notice tropes, but don’t actively dislike them. But if they are done poorly (my threshold for poorly is actually way more lenient that others’, I’ve noticed), it’s a turn off. And clichés are clichés because they are so popular, anyway. There’s so many I could list: enemies-to-lovers, love triangles, special snowflakes, lost prince/princess discovered, etc.
- Did you try a genre and just couldn’t do it?
I don’t have this problem too much. I don’t read much contemporary stuff, unless it’s m/m for some reason. And I don’t touch non-fiction except in school. But fiction-wise, I’m pretty open. It has to be so boring to me or something for me to drop it.
Those were just some of my ideas right now. There’s probably loads more – do you have more specific DNF reasons? Feel free to comment any that I haven’t mentioned! I want to see what I missed and if I can relate.
I may not have DNF-ed much in my life, but sometimes I can get ideas of ones I could end up dropping. *shrugs*
Thanks for reading. Ta-ta for now, worms!