Earlier today I was discussing what challenges can make readers not want to carry on with a story. Of course, I was trying to get to the bottom of why some students give up so easily on classic books, but this subject applies to everyone. So I decided to start the conversation here on my blog too.
What are the things that turn you off from a book? Are there any particular features that drive you mad?
Does book length matter?
Are you one of those people who likes shorter books? What would it take to get you reading something longer?
For me, I lean towards books of about 200 pages but happily read 500 page books by reputable authors like Joanne Harris and Liane Moriarty.
Are conversations better than exposition?
Do you prefer books that have more speech than description? Or are you more inclined towards epic books that go to town on detailed descriptions in meaty paragraphs?
Lately I have read a few YA stories which include a large amount of dialogue. However, I also read a lot of first person books that have a lot of internal dialogue alongside plenty of description.
Does ‘Ye Olde’ English put you off?
Are you quickly losing interest in a book because the lingo is from the 1800s? Do you prefer modern colloquialisms?
I sometimes find classic books which are fairly old can be tricky to read. This is largely because they take longer to read as I have to double read some sentences due to the complex structure and historic vocabulary. Equally, I prefer when an author uses language cleverly rather than using lazy, modern slang and overly plain sentences.
It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this matter. What makes you put a book down? Please comment your ideas underneath.
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