all the bad books just seem to be launching themselves at me at the moment. by that, i mean two books specifically.
I don’t know about you, but i feel a bit guilty about DNF-ing books. i’ve only DNF-ed a few books. here are some of them off the top of my head:
- When Dimple met Rishi. i just could not get along with this book. it felt so immature, she was horrible, and it was just such trivial drama that i could not be bothered for at the time. read that here
- The Radley’s. don’t even ask me what this book is about. i have no idea what this book was meant to be.
- Wonder Woman Warbringer. i really wanted to like this book but i don’t know what happened. i think it was just so slow that i could not get into it. i can’t really remember, it was a while ago.
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REASON #1: THE CHARACTERS ARE PANCAKES.
This is the saddest thing, if I’m honest.
when we read books we don’t want perfect, flawless things that speak. we want characters that we recognise and can relate to, especially when they’re not perfect!!
I cannot stand when characters have absolutely NO PERSONALITY (considering that’s their one and ONLY job). it makes my soul WEEP.
or, while they may not be complete pancakes (maybe they’ve a bit of a lumpy pancake) there is just ZERO connection to the reader. this also makes me cry (as you can imagine, reading is a tearful experience for me).
REASON #2: THE CHARACTERS ARE IMMATURE.
This i cannot stand.
if characters are incapable of having a conversation about something with their girlfriend/boyfriend/friend/whoever and that makes conflict and issues and whatever i get filled with this volcano-like rage.
it’s not plot. it’s not interesting. IT’S JUST IRRITATING.
I do not want to read books about silly girls and boys that need to grow up. Lara-Jean, I’m looking DIRECTLY at you, here.
REASON #3: THE PLOT IS NON-EXISTENT.
There are so many books that i’ve read that i should’ve just thrown out the window and stopped reading because there was no plot. but. i don’t think that a book having little plot is a hanging offence.
in my opinion, there can be little plot, but it can still be a good book. i think that if characters are developed well, and there are good relationships too, the book can actually be good. it’ll take you a while to get there.
but, when there’s little plot, and the characters aren’t really there either??? it just makes it seem even worse. i talked about this in my review of Summer Bird Blue. the lack of connection with the character accentuated the LACK of plot and vice versa.
#3.2: THE PLOT IS THERE, BUT IT COULD NOT BE DULLER.
sometimes you just wont like a book and that’s fine.
REASON #4: THE BOOK IS PROBLEMATIC.
4.2 YOU NOTICE SMTH IFFY. 4.3 YOU DON’T LIKE HOW IT TALKS ABOUT A CERTAIN ISSUE. 4.4 IT OFFENDS YOU. 4.5 YOU JUST NEED THAT BOOK TO FUCK OFF PRONTO.
Honestly, this hasn’t been an issue THANK GOD for me in comparison to other problems. and I’m not gonna say thank you for that, BECAUSE. WE .SHOULDN’T. HAVE. TO.
But i read a book recently (cough*larajean*cough) where things just did NOT sit right with me at all. And if i were a younger reader, not as cynical about the world, i would not like to have that message imposed on me. no thanks, nope, go away.
I don’t know if I’m “reading too much” into it, but at the same time I do noT care if I’m reading “too much” into it because it!! offends!! me!! I NO LONGER CARE.
REASON #5: WRITING STYLE IS A DESERT
dry, dull, lifeless.
i.e the worst ever. also referred to as: awful, dreadful. see also: boring.
sometimes not all writing styles click with us. Sometimes, the writing is just bad. In both cases, if it cannot be looked past, throw. that. book. out. of. the. window. like now. that’s it. locate the book, now CHUCK IT.
I think what’s worse than the writing being dry, which i can look past, is the writing being cheesy or over the top. that’s when tantrums really start over here. that’s when books start getting burnt.
REASON#6: YOU AND THE BOOK ARE MORTAL ENEMIES.
sometimes, for no reason at all you just wont get on. just won’t. sometimes there isn’t a reason and you’re just not interested and you cannot like it no matter what you do.
that’s life, i guess.
what are some of your reasons for DNF-ing a book? (plus reminder about the collab!!! let me know if you want to be involved!)