For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you will know that none of my reviews contain spoilers, unless I spoiler tag it. It is one of my pet peeves to be reading a review of a book that you haven’t read yet, then WHAM BAM being spoilt about a huge plot twist! It makes me kind of hesitant to follow blogs who consistently do this because as much as I try to forget I can’t unsee a spoiler.
Personally, I think spoilers are the worst things ever, especially in games and TV shows. I hate being spoiled for a season finale of a show that I am intending to watch, but haven’t gotten around to yet. It’s the same for books. Sometimes following a release of the latest Walking Dead or big book release like Divergent, I avoid Twitter, Facebook and other social media until I have seen it myself because I just know some unsuspecting person discussing it or an internet troll would ruin the experience for me.
As a reviewer, I know it’s a challenge to offer enough on your thoughts on a book without discussing some of the major plot twists. What I usually do is just offer enough as a teaser without going into it too much. Tell us your feelings towards the book, tell us about how characters were affected from the plot twist and what you think other readers will think of it, but don’t tell us exactly what happens. Finding out ourselves is half the fun, and we get to experience the book in the way it was intended to by the author. Or if need be, use a spoiler tag to pre-warn people of spoilers, so they know what’s coming.
That being said, I know some people love spoilers and need to find out what the ending is before devoting precious time on the book/movie/tv show. The boyfriend is one of those people, after watching a few episodes of Game of Thrones he went and looked up the entire series on Wikipedia O_O Needless to say, I don’t like discussing shows with him much.
What do you think of spoilers? Have they ruined your experience before?