This week’s topic is:
Why would you, as an author/reader, abandon (stop reading) someone else’s book?
Yes, I have abandoned books in the past. I have an ‘Abandoned‘ shelf on Goodreads, but some authors objected to me adding their books and asked me to remove them. The 5 books I have on there at the moment I tried to read so long ago that I’ve forgotten why I stopped reading them. However, I can tell you what the probable reasons were, which I’ll list below (in no particular order).
- Poor spelling / grammar: This tells me the author hasn’t made much effort to produce a reasonable story.
- A book that’s written in too young a style: This is fine for children, but not for me.
- Boring: Sorry, but if I start skipping over pages because it’s going nowhere, then I’ll probably end up abandoning it.
- It’s in a genre I can’t get on with: This includes Fantasy (the worst one for me unfortunately), cosy mysteries, Sci-fi, horror and erotica.
- It’s too long: I prefer shorter novels up to about 70 – 80,000 words.
- Too many characters: I’m an old lady now and get confused!
- Characters with names that nobody’s ever heard of: I’ll look at the blurb, and if the names are outlandish, then my heart sinks…
- A picture with a half naked unshaven man on the cover, or a cover with a woman pouting and wearing very skimpy clothing.
- Lots of plot holes: Again, the author hasn’t made much effort to fill them in.
- Too many conversations in local dialect: Can’t understand it if I’m not local to that area.
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