Today I want to talk to you about SPOILERS, the word we probably have all dreaded one time or another. Spoilers are a personal thing when it comes to a reading experience, you might actively seek out spoilers before trying a book yourself because let’s be honest books are expensive and if you’re not sure if you’ll like a book you might not want to buy it. You might also be like me and not like spoilers.
I really wanted to do a discussion post on this as a few weeks ago I was a victim of a book spoiler, I was reading a blog post for a book I wanted to read but I wasn’t actively seeking out spoilers but rather trying to find out what other people thought of that book in terms of ratings. I thought I was safe because nowhere in the post stated that the review would include spoilers but then it happened… I read and by the point I realized what I was reading it was too late. I had found out the main plot point which would be revealed, the ending and the love interest. What did I do? What any other book blogger would do of course I went to twitter and posted a tweet about my shock and hate for spoilers.
Following on from this I was interested in seeing what other people think about spoilers and if you think it’s part of a blogging rule that reviews should give a spoiler warning, I personally think yes, spoiler warnings are a must.
Personally whenever I write a review I don’t reveal anything that is a major part of the story and I often say ‘I won’t spoil it, or I won’t be a spoiler Sue’. I hate spoiling a book for somebody else, I want to write enough to entice you to read it without ruining your reading experience. Whenever I know a spoiler I’m waiting for that moment to happen therefore my whole reading experience is changed.
However also Spoilers can also be fun and exciting when you want to fully discuss a book and get into the nitty and gritty of what you loved and hated. I don’t mind spoilers when I know there coming and I have actively seeked them out.
If you are new to book blogging then I would definitely advise spoiler warnings, you could put them in your title, in the beginning of your post or even as you are about to reveal a spoiler. This gives the reader of your blog another moment to click away if they want to. Also this tip can be used for those who don’t like to include spoilers, writing Spoiler Free in the title of your blog post immediately will draw people to your blog, especially if it is a review on a new book that they wish to know more about without being spoiled.
Let me know in the comments your thoughts on spoilers, do you like them, hate them? How do you mention spoilers in your blog posts?