Friday, February 8, 2008

How indulgent are you?

We are having a great time over at the Firsts Thread. Thanks, Jen! You are a brave woman and very hard working.

Although the entries have been met with interesting reviews, someone brought up a good point. They would hardly reject a book because of the first line. It made me wonder, what is your cutoff point? How far into a book will you read before you say, that's enough, I can't take this any more?

For me, I think a minimum of three chapters is enough. I feel this is enough time to establish the characters, the setting, and the conflict.

6 comments:

Jenny said...

Depends. It is very, very rare for me to not finish a book, even if I'm not loving it. (Books can, however, get postponed indefinitely if I've got too many other things to do.)

But I can usually tell in the first 50 pages or so if I'm going to love it. Sometimes less - I only got 3 pages into the prologue of a certain book several of us read before I was ready to quit, but I'd promised to comment so I had to keep going.

Jennifer Hendren said...

I usually hang in for at least a chapter. I used to feel the need to finish every book I started...not so anymore. It's not even a blatant decision to put down a book I hate... I just sort of set it aside and then it's left wallowing on my bookshelf until I decide to put it away for good. (g) Most I finish, though...sometimes morbid curiosity is enough to pull me through. lol.

Jen

Carol A. Spradling said...

Hi Jenny,

Wow, I hope there was a lot of dialogue on those pages.

I used to push through no matter what. I can't any more, but I do feel like I give the author every oportunity to keep me turning pages.

Carol A. Spradling said...

Hi Jen,

I know what you mean. I have a book sitting on my piano that I haven't touched in a couple of months. I've almost accepted the idea that I won't finish it.

I'm looking for those authors who can keep the story in my head while I run errands and attend other things. You know the ones where you can't wait to get back to it and the next time you buy their book, you'll block out a huge chunk of time to read it.

Ah, to fall in love with a new author.

Andrea said...

hey Carol,

Thanks for the forum tip, lots of good views!

I do try to give the author of anything a fair wack! I tend to feel terribly sorry for them (at first) if by chapter two I'm loosing my will to live/go on....I then after that I just keep asking how they got published and why!! Which I then feel guilty about for being cruel. So I then force myself to read it all! That done I'm usually very annoyed that it did't redeem itself , picky arn't I!!!

Carol A. Spradling said...

Hi Andi,

Picky in a good way. You want them to earn your loyalty. Nothing wrong with that.

I'm glad you're enjoying the forum. You'll gain lots of insight there.