I have quite a few thoughts on DNF reviews and I’ve seen a lot of other people’s opinions on them as well so I figured “Hey let’s see what everyone else thinks of DNF reviews!” So here we are. This is going to be a little short for a discussion post (I apologize!) but I really want to hear some opinions on it!
Most of you might already know but for those of you who don’t here’s a little explanation. A DNF Review is a review for a book that you Did Not Finish, pretty simple.
So what’s the positive side to writing a DNF Review?
When a reviewer can’t finish a book they should be able to DNF it and write a quick review explaining why they did so. I feel that an opinion on why someone couldn’t finish the book is just as valid as their opinion of the book if they had finished.
If a book is that bad a reviewer should have every right to stop reading it, what’s the point of pushing onward and tormenting yourself right?
So on the positive side: some people find DNF reviews to be just as informative as normal book reviews.
So what’s the down side to writing a DNF Review?
Some people feel that you shouldn’t write DNF reviews because you didn’t actually finish the book and it feels unfair for you to rate it without reading the entire thing. I understand this side as well because it’s true with a DNF review that you didn’t finish the book and who’s to say it doesn’t get better at the end? Why judge a book by it’s first few chapters?
However, is it really fair to be mad at someone for writing a review for a book they didn’t finish because they weren’t enjoying it?
So on the negative side: some people don’t think DNF reviews are fair since you aren’t sharing an opinion on the entirety of the book.
I actually really like DNF reviews and I enjoy them just the same as normal book reviews. I personally don’t DNF many books (and I try not to) therefore I don’t write many DNF reviews. When I do though I feel that it’s perfectly acceptable to write a review for a DNF’d book and explain why I wasn’t enjoying it.
So say the book gets better at the end, I don’t really care. If it was so hard to push through half the book then honestly the ending wouldn’t be worth it for me.
I also really appreciate anyone who does write a DNF review because you’re taking the time to review a book you didn’t finish to tell us why you didn’t like it. People don’t have to write a review for reading half (or less) of a book, but they still do and I (as a reader and blogger) really do appreciate it!
So in my opinion, don’t force your way through a book if you don’t want to! DNF reviews are perfectly acceptable!
My DNF Reviews
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
The only reason I wanted to read this was because I wanted to go see the movie but honestly you couldn’t pay me to read through this. I have zero interest in reading the original “Pride and Prejudice” and this book was what I imagine the original was like with very little zombie action. All I wanted was all the badass zombie killing I was shown in the movie trailer!
“Once Upon A Dream” by Liz Braswell
Everything about this was….bad. The writing, the narrative style, the characters, and the plot were all unfathomably boring. There was nothing redeemable about this book.
Come Join The Discussion!
What is your opinion on DNF Reviews?
Do you believe in DNF-ing books?
Do you think it’s unfair to write a review for a book you didn’t finish?
Do you think it’s okay to write a review explaining why you couldn’t finish the book?
Do you appreciate bloggers who write DNF reviews?
Do you find DNF reviews just as informative as normal book reviews?