For those of you that aren’t fluent in reviewer-speak, DNF reviews are reviews where the person did not finish the book. Thus the abbreviation DNF. DNF reviews are a little controversial in the blogging world and I’ll break down the two main points here:
Against: You can’t really judge the quality of a book if you didn’t finish it. If you’re going to do a review you should be able to discuss all elements, including major plot points that may appear later on, character arcs, etc.
For: DNF reviews are a useful tool for reviewers to let people know that they gave a book a try but really couldn’t finish it because they hated it, were bored, etc.
Personally, I’m on the fence with this one. If you’ve gotten half way through a book but can’t physically force yourself to read it anymore, I think a short DNF review is acceptable. However, if you’ve only read a couple of chapters you should just chalk it up as a waste of time and not leave a review. After all, you can’t really criticize everything about a book if you haven’t read all of it.
But now I’m curious: What do you guys think of DNF reviews? Love ’em, hate ’em, couldn’t care either way? If you’re a reviewer, do you ever write them or would consider writing them? Why or why not?