- Mar 20, 2021
If the grammar is horrible, I'm dropping unless I'm choosing to read MTL. If it's a tragedy, I'm usually dropping because I can't handle those. Otherwise, it's more of a mood-emotional thing. If I'm in the right mood, I can almost read the most cliche, brainless novel. Generally, though, I don't have that tolerance so I usually drop novels if the characters behave too brainlessly.I don't normally drop stories per say since I try and read at least a books worth of content(around 600 pages) before deciding a story isn't for me. It can be for a number of reasons. My top reason being if your characters aren't interesting. I've only ever dropped a book before completing it once, and that was because the characters were literally clichés personified. Hotheaded protagonist, tsundere girl, mysterious girl, bully turn best friend, and tactical dude were all they had to offer.
So what makes everyone else drop a story. Knowing this, I can create the perfect story to trap readers for eons, then I'll disappear out of nowhere and leave everyone shocked and speechless. Mwahahaha.
Eh not really cause I'll probably trap myself into writing it now that I've started. The writer traps themselves trying to trap readers. The drama intensifies.
For example, I don't know if you've ever read the manga Black Lotus? The entire first part is purely the male lead abusing the main character for some stupid reason, supposedly being a replacement for his white moonlight when the main character is the true white moonlight, blah, blah...I read a handful of chapters to the point where the male lead started destroying the main character's fingers for almost no apparent reason, so I decided to drop it. I've read plenty of other novels with similar tropes/patterns but that novel was just taking it too far.
Positive brainlessness can also be exhausting, I feel myself lose a few brain cells every time the main character is praised by the entire world for doing something completely normal. Occasionally, such scenes have a feel-good quality to them but eventually, I feel sick to my stomach.
On the other hand, I sometimes also drop when it gets too intense or there's too much embarrassing comedy. If I'm not in the mood to get emotionally involved too much but the plot winds into bizarre twists and turns, I'll just leave it be. On occasion, I've dropped novels for that very reason then come back to them, only to discover that they're precisely my cup of tea. Those are my primary reasons for dropping but quite frankly, it's all about mood.