Goodreads posted this interesting infographic the other day about why people abandon books, and it got me thinking. Why do I DNF (Did Not Finish) some books almost right off the bad, but slog through others to get to the end?
1. The story is slow and boring. I don’t need superfast pacing ALL the time, but if a book is 400+ pages and NOTHING HAS HAPPENED in at least 200 of them, I’m liable to put it down for something else.
2. I hate ALL THE CHARACTERS. I like a good anti-hero, and I can even get behind a villainous POV every once in a while. But if I hate every single character and I don’t care about what happens to any of them, I’ll DNF the book.
3. A story element is so out of whack that I lose my willingness to suspend my disbelief. Example: almost everything in The Girl Who Owned a City (which I only finished because it’s super tiny).
4. The writing is super weak or does something that annoys me, like use a bunch of dialogue tags. Sometimes I don’t notice, especially if the story/characters are enjoyable, but mostly I do. If the other elements of the book are good enough, I’ll keep reading. If not? DNF.
1. I REALLY NEED TO KNOW what happens to the characters/the answer to the mystery/etc. And I can’t just skip to the end because that’s cheating (and I probably won’t understand it anyway because I’d have missed all the little revelations and whatever).
2. I REALLY LOVE this character and they’re in danger and I need to see them OUT of danger.
3. With review books, sometimes the guilt is enough to keep me reading.
4. The book is super short anyway so I won’t waste a TON of time finishing it. Might as well.
So! Why do you DNF a book? Or, why do you keep slogging through even when you probably should DNF it?