Spoilers, Should We Have Them At All?


So, recently I’ve been trying to be more active on other people’s blogs rather than just concerning myself with AFCTL, and something I seem to have encountered a lot of, is spoilers.
I’ll admit, most blogs are good, they have a spoiler warning, but the worst thing is when I’ve been wanting to read a book, or a book sounds super cool, and then there is an uncensored spoiler. I’m left reeling, feeling let down and spoiled for something that I wanted to enjoy for myself. I compare it to Marvel's Endgame, it is so very very important to #don’tspoiltheEndgame, and I myself am lucky as I have seen it. However, this also applies with the most recent season of Game of Thrones, which I haven’t caught up on yet.
I kind of feel a bit let down and personally attacked by some of the other bloggers when they do this. As reviewers, we are trusted to do three important things:
  • Inform our following of an awesome book that they didn’t know was out, what it was about or an ARC
  • Create hype for that book
  • Make the reader want to read it

And I get it, you won’t always love a really popular book, but you have to respect that people make their own opinions on products. I am a strong believer in putting a visible spoiler warning into a post, both in the header and on the post. It’s no use putting it at the bottom.
But I do have to see the flip side of it, because I am guilty of going onto spoiler reviews to join a conversation. Especially with long awaited books, like Kingdom of Ash, or Wicked King. Sometimes you just need to freak out with your fellow readers. And sometimes an ending spoiler isn’t intentional, it could be something as blase as “I never thought that such a lovable character could be so violent!” because it immediately tells me that a character I come to trust has a hidden agenda.
To conclude this little rant of mine, I just want to say that I can understand spoilers, because I too have gone onto spoiler posts just to read other people’s reactions, and join a conversation. However, it is extremely important to warn readers that there is a spoiler within a post, otherwise you are essentially robbing them of the right to read the book for themselves, and experience everything with naivety and no expectations.
~Emma
How do you feel about spoilers? Are they not that bad? Have you ever had a movie or book spoiled for you because of an unmarked post?

14 comments :

  1. I agree if you are going to spoil something you should always put a warning because knowing a spoiler can massively effect people if they don't want one. And I have done spoiler posts but I put a clear warning at the top to warn people.
    Sometimes it is hard to tell what is a spoiler because I can write something and you can infer a spoiler from it so you have to be careful. I try to look out for these and I hope I haven't let one slip out. I do think you have to take responsibility and warn if you write a spoiler for sure.
    Great post!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it can be really hard sometimes to not write one, especially by accident. I struggled with that when I first started reviewing!

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  2. Yes! I hate spoilers so much! And I consider even hints and offhand comments like the example you gave to be spoilers! Usually I don't read ANY reviews for books I'm worried about spoilers for, until I've read the book to avoid this problem. But sometimes spoilers still manage to get through!

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    1. It's hard to avoid all and any spoilers, unfortunately. Offhand comments are the worse, particularly when you would be thinking about something and realize that it was a spoiler a few hours later. Or worse, spoiled through a meme.

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  3. I completely agree with you about spoilers. I actually don't like saying too much about characters in my reviews for the reason that you've listed above. I have mentioned betrayal happening in book reviews but I think I've always avoided saying who the betrayal has come from (unless it happened in a previous book) as admitting who stabbed somebody in the back is majorly spoiling in my opinion. I'm actually planning to write a post a bit later today about reading reviews which is partially about spoilers (I want to explain why I don't always read them mostly because in general, weird as it may sound, I think I'd rather read a review after I've read a book. I like seeing the scores that people give to books but I'd rather read their opinions, and share mine, after I've read something).

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    1. That makes so much sense about reading reviews after you have read the book! It's good to be able to form your own, uninfluenced opinions!

      I would love to be able to read your post when it goes live, may I ask for your blog link? :)

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    2. Yes that's exactly it. Firstly I'm scared of spoilers and secondly I do agree that reading a review can influence your opinion and also set your expectations too high or else make you overly aware of things like a character's annoying traits which - if you hadn't been told about them in advance - you might have overlooked and it wouldn't have affected your reading experience.

      Thanks (: yes of course I didn't mean to comment anonymously the first time and only realized that I had after I'd posted. The actual post I mentioned is here: https://bewitchingbooksravenousreads.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/is-it-unusual-to-prefer-reading-reviews-of-books-that-youve-read/

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    3. Thanks for linking to the post! :) Will go read that now!

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  4. This comes from a lover of spoilers. I am that horrible human being that reads the last page before starting the book, the searches the web to see what happens next WHILE watching a movie or a series.

    I completely understand and agree with you. I try my best to avoid talking about action and characters and just focus on what the book made me feel, what was good and what was bad from a point of view as objective as possible. I do give warnings when I feel like a book touches subjects that are sensible and readers should be aware, or mention the premise on which the book is built.It's hard describing an apple without talking about the apple :)) but the whole idea of reiews is to make your readers READ the BOOK, not read your review and feel like they already know everything so what is the point.

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    1. It is very hard to describe an apple without talking about the apple! (Also I am in LOVE with that metaphor!) I know all about researching about a series or movie, but I only do it if it's taking too long and not really keeping me in suspend. My friend does it for everything we watch together and sometimes *accidentally* spoils it! Lol!

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  5. I am relatively insensitive to spoilers. Sometimes I google them on purpose for various reasons.

    I also find it really difficult to know what others consider spoilers. Some think something as minor as “it has a huge twist” is a spoiler- while to me it’s a teaser, makes me want to know more.

    I also consider anything in the first chapters or pages or the blurb free game and not spoilery at all. While some people like to go in totally blind. Which is fine (I have no idea how they pick books).

    But I always try to flag spoilers if I have something I want to discuss. Usually in all capitals right before it comes so the part to avoid is easily seen. I wish I had a way to tag them like in Good Reads.

    Anyway- I’m sorry if any of my reviews have done that ! I am trying to get better about it. Great post!

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    1. It's really good that you are conscious of spoilers! We are most likely guilty of doing the same thing at some points, and probably in a few more to come, but it is always best to try avoid them when you aren't willing to flag it!
      Thank you so much! :)

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  6. Hello!
    I get spoilers infrequently since usually the reviews that I read have been marked as spoiler-free, however it does happen from time to time. I would definitely prefer to not be spoiled at all, since it could ruin plot twists and suspense!
    As a book blogger, sometimes I struggle with deciding whether or not a detail is considered "a spoiler" or not. Usually I go with the rule that if the plot point was included in the Goodreads description then it isn't a spoiler! (Not sure if this is a legit rule or if I made it up hahaha :) )

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    1. I count that as a rule! I agree, if it's in the synopsis it isn't really a spoiler! Thank you so much for commenting! Spoilers can either make, or break, a book, even if you haven't read the book

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