Sunday, July 20, 2014

Discussion #1: Reviews with or without Spoilers?

I'm sure a lot of book bloggers have discussed this topic numerous times already but I really wanted to share my thoughts on it so here it is!

I'm really conflicted on whether my reviews should include spoilers or not. The whole reason I started writing book reviews was because I wanted to jot down my thoughts after I've finished a book. I want to remember the good, the bad, the anger, the butterflies and etc. Most of the time that's impossible to do without including spoilers about the storyline and the characters. I know people who read book reviews definitely wouldn't appreciate the spoilers if they haven't read the book yet. I really don't want people to turn away from reading my reviews because of this :( So do I include the spoilers or not?

Then there's the whole debate (within myself) on what counts as spoilers? I feel like I might be ruining a book if I say so and so were cute together. Even though it wasn't a secret in the book, it's something you won't know unless you're reading the book. How much can I say without people thinking they're getting spoiled?

I've just got a bunch of questions regarding spoilers swirling around in my head. I'm curious to see what other bloggers and readers think. Is there a certain genre of book that's easier for you to write reviews for without spoilers? Is there a genre that you feel like you have to include spoilers for in your reviews? I find contemporary books are the easiest to write spoiler-free reviews. I don't know why but maybe because it has little to no world-building?

I've been colouring the spoilers I have in my reviews so people don't see it unless they highlight it. Is this a good method? Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts! I would love to know what you think! 

How do you feel about book reviews with spoilers?

4 comments:

  1. I try not to include spoilers in my reviews but it can be hard not to when you are reviewing book three in a trilogy to not give something away that happened in book two or one. It doesn't bother me if others do though as long as I am aware of it before I read their review if I haven't read the book or series yet.

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  2. I usually don't include spoilers but when I do because it's something that really bothered me I always warn my readers. I sometimes worry about talking about the relationships too. I gauge that on how widely known the info is and also how much the summary reveals. It's a really sticky topic and it's hard to navigate for sure. I think with a warning folks are ok with spoilers. The warning is much appreciated though. good luck and welcome to the book blogger community!

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts! And thank you for the welcome. I can't wait to get more involved :)

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