Though I’m terribly unreliable when it comes to writing discussion pieces regularly, in 2019, one of my goals is to write more. Something that shouldn’t be a problem considering I have ideas for discussion posts (and have even started some), I just don’t always put the words to paper. Today I thought I’d change this by sharing a new discussion post. Our topic? DNF-ing (or “did not finish”) books, and a little thing known as genre preference. So here’s the question: What Happens when You DNF a Novel?
It’s rare for me not to finish a book. But it does happen. My own experiences leave me curious: what things prompt you not to finish a book?
Today I take a look at three reasons why I might mark a book “DNF,” and when I will continue even if these issues crop up.
What Happens when You DNF a Novel?
1: Genre (and Plot) | Though I do list “genre” first, reason number one is really down more to plot. Over the years (which I’ve also talked of recently), I’ve worked really hard to refine my genre preferences. In part, I credit this with why I don’t experience as many books that I have to push myself through, and I don’t care for.
When your preferred genre “clicks,” it makes the reading experience so much more pleasant. Plus, for me, it eliminates nearly all of the DNF kind of books.
2: Profane Language (Just Because) | One of my biggest pet peeves in fiction is profane language…that’s in there just because. SO many secular novels have profanity in them simply because they can. Meaning, their genre allows it so this translates on to the pages. In fact, right now I’m trudging through this very issue in a book, and I don’t mind saying, it’s so unpleasant! There doesn’t have to be a moment or scene or mood that profanity might punctuate. No, 99% of the time when profane language is overused, it’s sprinkled throughout common dialogue, and it’s not only unpleasant, but it degrades the characters. (Because it has no purpose.)
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you find that secular fiction over uses its “because I can” card in this way? Or any way? Does it make you more or less invested? For me, it’s a big turn off and unless I’m really invested in the story, I won’t finish a novel that uses profanity without purpose.
3: Writing and Style | When we begin a novel, I believe, it should be engaging and pleasant. If I’m not “feeling” anything for the characters or the story, then chances are, I won’t be into the story. Typically writing styles I cannot get into include classic literature, or poetry. I’ve never really liked the latter no matter how it’s done, but classic lit is certainly something I’d like to give a second (or third or fourth) chance.
Either way, the style of a book can be a turn off. My latest DNF is Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. Something about the style of the book and the repeat days isn’t my cup of tea. It’s just not a book that I’m connecting with. For this specific example, this is because the style isn’t suiting me.
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Do you mark books DNF often? If so, what are some of the reasons that prompt this? Is it a style, author or content? Share all your best DNF stories or tips (do you find pressing on usually nets good results?) down below.
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