Soupy Sundays: On Writing DNF Reviews (3)3:32 PM
ON WRITING DNF REVIEWS
DNF Reviews are reviews wherein the person who is reviewing the book has not finished the book. The reviewer is reviewing the book based on what he/she has read. This week, we will talk about whether or not it is okay to make a DNF review.
Since we have started blogging and reading other people's book reviews, we have seen a couple of DNF reviews. We didn't even consider ever making a DNF review at those times since we believed that every book should be evaluated wholly not just a part. After blogging for a longer period of time, we started feeling tempted to write a DNF review. There were instances when we simply did not have enough time to read the book and the publication date was nearing or instances where we just didn't want to read the book anymore and felt like we should just give up and make a DNF review but so far, we haven't made a DNF review yet.
We stubbornly refuse to make a DNF review because we think that reviewing the book when we haven't even read the full story is wrong. We also believe that writing a DNF review might be insulting to the author, especially if you were the one to request for a copy of the book. We think that the author at least deserves a review of the whole book and not just a portion of it. We are also worried that maybe if we had stuck it out until the end, we might find something redeeming and/or start to like the book more. Maybe the book gets better in the end or something happens in the first part that we haven't fully understood that will be explained in the end. We will not know whether we will be missing something important by not finishing the book so we try as much as possible to not make DNF reviews. We also think that maybe when another reader sees your DNF review, the reader who might have liked the book if he/she had read it, would become discouraged by the DNF review that has been made. We believe that writing a DNF review is a last resort, only to be done when we really cannot continue the book anymore.
Of course, if there is a reason why we don't make DNF reviews, there are also reasons why we would make one in the future or why others make DNF reviews. We really shouldn't torture ourselves by reading a book that we just don't appreciate. Instead of wasting our time finishing a book that we know we won't like anyway, why don't we just make a DNF review of the book then find another book that we might like. What's the point of finishing a book if you know that you could be reading another book that you will like and help make the book more popular? It's not really wrong to make a DNF review especially if you state before you actually write the review that you are making the review based only on what you have read. If you establish beforehand that the review you are making is a DNF review then it warns readers that the book might actually be nice if you finish it. Writing a DNF review doesn't take away the possibility that the book might be nice when you reach the end, it only shows that so far, the parts that you have read, you didn't like.
In conclusion, we believe that writing DNF reviews aren't wrong but should be avoided. If you are to make a DNF review, you should clearly state the review you have made is a DNF review and is based only on what you have read so far.
What do you think about writing DNF reviews? Do you think that it is okay? Leave a comment!