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Boys in our Books Friday Question of the Week!
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I DNF ALL THE TIME. For various reasons. Too many of my pet peeves. Cannot connect with the author’s writing or the characters. I just think there are still too many books for me to read rather than being stuck in the one that I don’t like. Maybe I miss something by DNF but I also love my time more than struggling with something to make it worthwhile.
I’ve had to DNF a handful of times due to implausible circumstances, robotic dialogue (pet peeve) and/or bad editing. Oh! and bratty MCs, I can hardly ever finish books with misbehaving MCs.
But you know what’s worse than DNFing? When you don’t DNF and the book ends up being as mind numbingly boring as you’d thought it would. When you could have predicted the ending at 6% and yet you ploughed through waiting for SOMETHING, ANYTHING, to make it worth your time.
I’m angry just thinking about it!
I certainly do. Usually DNF triggers for me have to do with the lack of believability of the relationship. Ista-love, unrealistic progression, over the top melodrama – whatever makes me roll my eyes in disbelief or laugh out loud when not meant to.
I used to hate DNF-ing. Now, I probably DNF a little TOO much. I think this habit came from being obsessed with fanfiction in the past year. There are so many great fanfics out there on the internet, but there are twice as many badly written ones as well (no offense to those authors!). After DNF-ing probably 30-50% of the fanfiction I start to read, I got in the habit of DNFing published works as well.
I’ll quickly DNF a story if it has bad editing or it has a whiny/bratty main character. Overly ridiculous attraction is also a main turn off that will make me drop a book quicker than a hot plate (e.g. characters that are just so so soooo beautiful that every man and woman wants to have sex with, despite the fact that said character is a complete brat/asshole).
I rarely DNF books and that is because I am a terribly picky reader. That being said, there have been exactly three that I have marked as a DNF and actually stopped reading. It’s my normal instinct to find the good in the story and my hopeless romantic heart wants there to be more even if the story is lacking for my personal taste. I don’t have a definitive line to cross before I DNF, but there are some books I have put away to come back to later. Some, I admit, I will never go back to but I didn’t mark them as DNF. I am such a chicken that way.
I’m not generally a quitter, but I’m 40-something with kids. I know when to walk when things aren’t going my way. ;) I can stomach a book not living up to my expectations and will usually power through. It’s when the language gets too flowery, the story is boring me to tears, or it’s just too implausible that I’m most likely to bail.
I DNF, mostly when the book is boring me to tears or when I can’t get into it. Reading is a pleasure, it shouldn’t become a chore.
I do DNF and more so now if something isn’t working for me. I dislike having a book be “a job” and if pushing through story becomes something akin to “work” and I’m not enjoying the journey anymore, I’m more likely to put it down and move on. What usually gets me to DNF are things like boredom, not finding the characters or the story compelling, too many WTF moments that kick me out of the book, or an author’s writing style that may not mesh with what I’m looking to read.
Never. I have never been able to.
To be honest, I’m not exactly sure why?
Trust me, there are times I really really want to.
I suppose….I think I would keep one foot in the book, always wondering ‘did it get better? what happened? damn, I wish I knew how it ended.’
So, as much torture as it is sometimes finishing, I think it would be even worse leaving that bookmark permanently in place and never hitting ‘The End’.
I can’t do it. I feel…guilty. Also, I suffer from some serious FOMO in every aspect of my life, and books are no different. What if it gets better? What if everything I’m hating turns around? And quite frankly, that HAS happened before! Some books I’ve struggled with to start have redeemed themselves by the end. I do however skim generously w/o apology. AND, I do have a shelf called “Started Finish Later”…and…um…well…I rarely go back and finish later…BUT I HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF DOING SO!