I get asked often why I DNF something. There are several reasons why I’ll DNF a book or series. And I thought for the sake of having a blog post that I’d list and discuss some of them.
This is probably the most common reason I’ll DNF. If the tropes you use annoy me, chances are I’m not going to finish the book even if it is decently written. Listed below are some of my “Hate” tropes:
- Babies: I don’t usually read baby books especially in YA if they are merely there for the cute factor. If the story is tastefully done, and the baby serves an actual purpose I might read it but I need to be informed before I read it that I’m dealign with babies.
- Mary Sue: Get over yourself. We all know that So and So MC is really you.
- Bastardizing culture, religion, etc. You’re offending someone out there, and if they aren’t aware by default your offending me. Because it gives me a reason to be cranky and I like being cranky-I think.
- The standard love triangle: Meaning, both guys love the girl and she has to chose and there are no consequences. Ugh. Just ugh. Why can’t both guys dump little Ms. Perfect and get together (that would actually be an interesting twist).
- Standard Dystopia/Fantasy fare with nothing new. I feel like I’m reading the same freaking book. Actually this trope (or series of tropes) made me stop reading fantasy for a few months. And fantasy is what is popular in the market these days, so this was quite distressing.
2) Offensive Author Behavior:
Because unfortunately this has caused me to DNF a few things. Just don’t act like Kathleen Hale. I think that’s enough said on that one.
3) Loss of Interest:
This can be due to several factors. And sometimes it falls on me. But usually if I don’t finish something or made a good chunk of progress in something within two weeks, then I’m not going to finish it.
3) The book is just BAD
All around. Sometimes it happens. And if it’s not hilari-bad or I’m not in the mood to read hilari-bad (which is occurring more and more well…)
4) Experimental Prose:
Instant death. I think there’s only one book I tried to read all the way through just because I used to have fondness for the author, but I was like WTF am I reading. I can’t make sense of this and then I had my dog review it because it was kicking a puppy bad worthy (meaning, I felt bad about even reviewing it).
Now, if I see anything written in verse on the jacket I won’t even touch it. If I find out it’s in verse or it uses bizarre electric prose it’s lucky if I get through the halfway mark.
5) I want to slug the MC:
I am not a violent person. If I want to slug the MC safe bet is I shouldn’t finish the book.
Books I DNF’d:
Ew on so many levels. You can read my full review for why I absolutely think this is the most offensive book of 2015. But I DNF’d it because it contained offensive use of mythology and culture AND had a blatant Mary Sue.
This one just made me squeamish on so many levels. The main character was way too dumb AND the book was just so utterly predictable.
The book was decently written but it contained a trope I detest.
Books I Surprisingly Finished:
How I finished this cluster fuck I’ll never know.
How to NOT execute a fantastic premises. Transgender and intersex are two separate concepts that need to be dealt with properly and sensitively. This book muddles both of these subject matters and has a main character I just can’t sympathize with.
I still can’t figure out this book. And I don’t think I really want to. It was that bad. I kept reading it though because…I don’t know. I thought it had to get better.
Honestly, sometimes I forget about series and when I hear the next installment is out I’m like-oh, that’s nice. Never a good way to keep the interest.
2) I Can Predict What’s Going to Happen:
Obviously, what’s the point of continuing.
3) There are Too Many Books/Spinoffs/Etc to Care at this Point:
Even the best series need to have a definitive ending. Unless they’re like a soap opera then they should never be canceled because their soap operas (RIP All My Children and One Life to Live, I am still not over your cancellation and crappy epic fail of a reboot with that idiot from High School Musical). Books aren’t soaps though. And I really don’t want to be reading about the same characters ten years trying to solve the same problem and going after the same guy. At least in soap opera world they would’ve had a baby, a couple of back from the deads, and maybe a recast or two.
Sadly, I often don’t finish finish series for budgetary issues. Despite the fact I’m an attorney I am not raking in the dough. Most of it is going towards bills, student loans, and recent moving expenses. Plus, did I mention I had to buy a mattress the past month. That isn’t cheap, folks. So often books get defected or put up because I can’t afford them right now (you’d be surprised how many books I don’t buy despite my TBR piles usually omnibus size). If I’m truly not feeling a series then I’m probably not going to give it a chance. And since my new library is no HCPL I can’t check out everything I’d like.
Series I DNF’d:
People raved about the first one, I only found it to be so so at best. I intitially did preorder the second one, but the time I started working on my TBR feature for the month I completely lost interest.
The character and the abusive relationship she was in got to much for me. I did think this series had potential though-pity.
At some point in a series you have to cut the cord. This book reached the tipping point for me. It’s a new trilogy in the Blue Blood world. I read the rest of this world’s novels and this one way way too out there for me. The characters didn’t even resemble themselves. Mimi Force would never answer phones for a living.
Series I Surprisingly Finished:
There are two more books in this so called series, but I consider this series complete with America’s story. And the other two books a spinoff. Regardless, I am giving myself a pat on the back for finishing this stupidity.
How I read twelve of these, I’ll never know.
The last book was a hot mess. And I really think now if I read this series, I probably wouldn’t have continued after New Moon.