About a month ago I was reading Lauren Groff’s much lauded novel “Fates and Furies” and I was, according to my e-reader, on page 238 of 392 (“62%” of the book, according to the display), when I put it aside, thinking I’d get back to it soon, and then never picked it up again.
Recently I was watching a DVD copy of Oscar contender “The Revenant,” got about an hour into it – I think DiCaprio was in a river avoiding flying arrows – when I got sleepy, shut it off for the night, thinking I would finish it the next day. Haven’t gotten back to it. Watched “The Martian” all the way through since then, but not “The Revenant.”
So: how long do you give a book, a movie, a podcast, a museum exhibit, a play, a sporting event, an ice capades show, whatever, before you decide you’re just not that into it, and you put it down, turn it off, walk out of the building?
When I was a kid, if a book didn’t grab me in the first ten or fifteen pages (6-7%?), it was over for me.
But reading 62% of a book and then deciding it’s not for you? That seems weird to me. I seem weird to me. After you’ve put 62% effort into anything, don’t you want to at least see it through, see how it ends, finish what you’ve started?
When do you call it quits?