Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.
- No chemistry between hero and heroine.
- I don't connect with the characters or the story. (My main reason for DNFing a book.)
- Immature lead characters.
- The pacing is snail slow and it’s taking too damn long for something to happen.
- I lose interest to the point I don’t care how the story ends.
- When something silly pulls me away from the story, like character names.
- Reads like a bow-chick-a-bow-wow porno.
- I find out an author I dislike is hiding behind the pseudonym of the book I'm reading.
- Child plot moppet takes over the book.
- The author didn't explain why something important to the story happened.
- If I have a hard time with the dialogue, like with cowboy romances.
- I don't like the lead characters.
- Incest and/or child abuse.
- Leads have too much of an age or maturity gap.
- Information dumps in place of world building.
- Gratuitous violence.
- If every female character is an evil wench (usually only found in MM books).
- If the hero is verbally or physically threatening toward heroine (trust me, I've run across it!).
- If there is forced seduction, aka, rape.
- If the hero ever makes a negative remark about feminism (do NOT get me started on a ménage book I started a few years ago where one of the men was worried the heroine may be a pushy femi-nazi--in an erotic ménage written by a woman!, Err...*I* got me started!).
- If the leads are petty and immature.
- When I don't like either lead.
- Unexpected BDSM pops up.
- If the book is just erotica when I want emotions and romance.
- In MM romance when I can't tell who the "he" is.
- If there are too many secondary characters that I can't keep straight.
What are some reasons you might DNF a book?