I had a really tough reading experience recently. There is an author who has a series of books that I loved very intensely as a teen. I have read them multiple times, I own each book in the series, and I have shared them with several people.
The series is finished, but the author has recently written some new books. I picked up the most recent book and I was excited to meet some new characters and go on some new adventures.
But I hated it.
I tried, for 200 pages or so. Surely it would get better. I loved this author. I loved her previous series. Didn't I owe her some form of allegiance?
But I reached a point where I couldn't do it anymore. I knew how the story was going to end. The dynamic between the protagonists was terribly frustrating. I knew that there was going to be 300 more pages of me not really caring about these characters or what happened to them.
So I stopped reading. I put the book in the donation pile instead of adding it to the bookshelf next to the other books by the same author.
Where do you draw the line? What does it take for you to DNF a beloved author?