Chai break is a periodic feature on This is Lit to discuss concerns that every book blogger has. This is meant to be a lighthearted discussion that you’d have over tea and the only reason for it not being called Discussion Post is that the site’s author thinks that would be too mainstream. Pfft.
Start dipping your biscuits into your chai and your ears into this conversation, for I have an important announcement to make.
I’ve never DNF-ed. Ever.
*Takes a bow.*
*Peacocks just a smidge*
It’s something I’m insanely proud of. I always feel so bad giving up on a book. My reason for never DNF-ing is nothing saintly, like “the author spent time and effort on this. I won’t give up on him/her”. It’s just that I never give up. (Says the girl who half the time looks like she’s given up on exercise, good eyesight, and life in general.)
I’m a proud person and I see only in black and white. I do not like saying I did something halfway. It’s always in the extremes for me and I can never say that I gave up on a book because I found it boring. It was only after I started blogging that I discovered there was such a thing as DNF and people did it. The first question on my lips was “wait, that was an option?”. I’ve since then taken a long and hard look at this DNF trend and here’s what I think about it.
- You no longer have to suffer at the hands of a book you don’t like.
- You can spend the time reading a different book–although you’d probably end up reading Harry Potter for the gazillionth time.
- You can be honest with your followers. They’ll appreciate you for being truthful about a book you weren’t able to finish.
- You can decide if the hatred for the book is also a hatred for that genre. You can then run in the opposite direction from that genre, like Stephenie Meyer confronted with a book on character development.
- Saying you gave up on a book because you weren’t “in the mood for it” lowers your credibility as a book blogger. You’re supposed to tell people about the books, not wuss out. How can you form an opinion about a book when you did not even finish it? Writing a DNF review for it is pushing it too far, my friend.
- That nagging feeling of work unfinished. It keeps looming in the back of your head, goes “oh, hi” right when you’re about to go to bed, and then keeps you up for several hours. (One time, I wanted to DNF a book so bad but this happened and, the next day, I plowed through the book and came out, sanity intact.)
- You miss out on a possibly amazing book. There are times when you don’t appreciate a good book the first time around. This could be because of your own mood at the time of reading, happenings in your personal life, the position of the moon, anything really. Maybe the story picks up at the 45% mark and becomes brilliant after that. Do you really want to miss out on that?
DNF has both advantages and disadvantages. I’m not one of the stronger opponents of DNF-ing–I finish every book I start reading, only because I don’t like having unfinished business (damn, I’d make a scary ghost). But where do you stand? This chai break, I want to know why you’re strongly for or strongly against DNF-ing.
Discussions commence in 10, 9, 8…
Let’s discuss! Are you for or against DNF-ing? Reasons for the same? As always, let’s talk it out in the comments! 🙂
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