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why i dnf

Not so long ago, I wrote about the art of the DNF, and on the review for the book that inspired it, the lovely Topaz wondered if I would write a post about what things make me DNF a book. And so here I am. I’m going to break this down into the small number of books I’ve DNF(d) and why I DNF(d) them, and see if there’s any consistencies across them. Let’s go :D

Weird Girl and What’s His Name – 50%

DNF because:

+ ~special~ characters

+ characters were indistinguishable

+ no plot

+ no investment in the characters

+ x-files spoilers

Moon Chosen – 62%

DNF because:

+ animal cruelty

+ no plot

+ no world building

+ no investment in the characters

+ bury your gays trope

After Alice – 52%

DNF because:

+ it didn’t align with what I expected

+ writing style

+ racism

+ sexism

+ no plot

This Dark Endeavour – 5% (I didn’t record it but I only read about two chapters or so)

DNF because:

+ it didn’t align with what I expected

Into the Dim – 24%

DNF because:

+ ~special~ character

+ slut shaming

+ no plot

+ the writing style

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Okay, so looking at the reasons why I DNF(d) all the above books … there are a lot of similarities. Mainly, it seems, I DNF because of ~special~ characters, no plot, no investment in characters, writing style, and things I can’t stand to read about (homophobia, animal cruelty, racism, sexism, slut shaming). As for the two retellings on the list, they were both really different to the original story and what I expected and I DNF(d) them both.

I don’t know if I’m surprised or impressed by the fact that my DNFing reasons are pretty much exactly the same across the board. Although I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because these are obviously things that I consistently don’t care to read about.

I wonder if, as time goes on and I DNF more than these five books, this will stay the same. I might do another DNF collection post once I have more (although I don’t want more. I want to read books I love, obviously). Knowing me, the things that will make me DNF in the future will be the same as the ones here.

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What about you? Do you know what makes you DNF a book?

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Posted on: January 24, 2017 • By: Chiara

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