At What Point Do You Quit On A Novel?
I touched on this last Thursday in regards to Naked Lunch.
I’m about halfway through the novel now, so I’m thinking I can force myself through the final 100 pages. But I came THIS close to tossing it out my car window a few days ago. THIS close.
I’ll give you a little more detail about the novel in tomorrow’s post. Today, I just want to focus on this question: How long should you read a novel before deciding to give it up?
Seems like everyone has a different standard. I’ve heard everything from…
- a few pages
- the first chapter
- 50 pages
- four chapters
- 25% of the novel’s total length
- don’t quit reading books you’ve started
That’s all over the place!
So how do you know when it’s time to give up? Do you go by a certain number of pages, or is it more about topic and tone?