Confessions of a Book Blogger: Spoiler Alert— I hate spoilers.

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Some people like to know the end of a book, tv show, movie, what have you, before they experience it for themselves. I’m not one of those people. I don’t want to know what happens ahead of time and I don’t want to spoil the ending of a book for anyone else either. I’m not the kind of person to read the last couple of pages so I am aware of what the ending holds.

I go out of my way to avoid spoilers. To the extent of not getting on twitter or Facebook until I’ve seen that episode of my favorite show (which is sometimes a while). I avoid Amazon, Goodreads, and reviews like the plague if I think they might spoil the ending of a book or series for me, especially if it’s one that I have been looking forward to for quite some time. Hell, if I am waiting to read the next book in a series, I even stay away from a synopsis because sometimes they ruin the magic for me. I know that not everything that I read will be a surprise, but I want as much as possible to be.

spoilerstooWhile perusing through some of my friend’s blogs the other day, I accidentally stumbled across one of these evil spoilers. It was from a book that I haven’t read yet, but that is really high up there on my TBR list because I recently acquired a copy of it. I had big plans to re-read the first books next month and then read and review this one while it was still a fairly new release.

Now I don’t know if I want to, and that might make me a huge baby, but it was a pretty devastating spoiler. Not only am I quite pissed I saw said spoiler, I am pissed at what happens. I don’t know how this event comes to be or when, but I will be waiting for it during the whole entire book.

I understand that sometimes spoilers are really hard to avoid and sometimes (like in this case) shit happens– it wasn’t the blogger’s fault and it wasn’t mine. But please, for the sake of us who haven’t made it so far in our TBR lists, please give us a spoiler warning if you plan on giving any really integral and important plot points away. I promise to always do the same.

How do you react to spoilers?

Does it ever make you want to read the book or watch the movie/tv show any less?

0 thoughts on “Confessions of a Book Blogger: Spoiler Alert— I hate spoilers.

  1. lipsyy says:

    I hate spoilers too and I’m always worried that I’ll inadvertently give something away in reviews! But like you, I know that sometimes it just can’t be helped. And luckily, I have a really bad memory so sometimes by the time I get round to reading the book or seeing the show, I’ve completely forgotten about it. Unless it’s a major mouth-gaping-open spoiler…in which case, there is no excuse! 🙂

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      I try not to give away the big, hugely important things without at least warning people first. I feel that sometimes my book reviews are really vague, but I don’t want to give things away.

      When it comes to things like this, I have a decent memory. This was a bomb of a spoiler, so ugh, I don’t know if I should read the book for a while.

  2. Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm says:

    I actually don’t mind spoilers, I’m the type who will go actively looking for them at times – I’ll read the end of a book, I’ll read a recap of my fave tv shows’ latest episodes, etc when I haven’t finished reading the book or watched the episode yet.
    However, I also respect the fact that most people HATE spoilers, especially when I’m writing a review or a post on my blog. I try not to include any spoilers, but if I think it’s unavoidable I put a warning at the top of the post and I black out the spoilery bits. That way, people can choose whether or not they want to be spoilered, without the risk of it happening inadvertently.

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      I definitely like when people give me a spoiler alert, that way if I happen to wander across them, it’s my own fault and is usually because I am curious enough to want to know what the heck they are talking about 🙂

  3. Sam says:

    I’ll give away spoilers in my reviews because it lets me discuss the book in full. If I don’t give away the ending, I can’t discuss themes as easily and that’s something I like to focus on. I know a few other book bloggers with the same mentality. I don’t put spoilers in my Goodreads review, but my blog is fair game.

  4. boricuanworms says:

    I hate spoilers. I try to make my reviews as spoiler free as possible, and if I AM going to post a spoiler, I try to warn people first (really wish that WP would let us hide our spoilers gah). When I first started reading I always peeked at the last page of the book, but when I spoiled myself something really huge, I stopped. I got a really huge spoiler for Allegiant, and now the book has been sitting on my shelf because I don’t plan to read it any time soon.

    By the way, great gif 🙂
    -Marianne

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      Allegiant was the book that was spoiled for me. *sigh* Now I don’t know if I want to read it. I was going to do a Divergent marathon in April since I don’t plan on reading as many books that month due to Camp NaNoWriMo. Now I think I might pass on that.

      Like you, I try to make my reviews as spoiler-free as possible. Are there other blogging platforms that allow you to hide your spoilers? I think that Goodreads used to allow you to hide them (not sure if they still do).

      • boricuanworms says:

        Yes, you can still hide spoilers in Goodreads. I’m still going to read Allegiant, but maybe when I have no other choice.

        I’ve heard of plugins you can buy for WordPress, but that’s only AFTER you have a self hosted blog. And I, alas still don’t have enough money to do that :/

        • amandasnoseinabook says:

          Yeah I just bought the ability to customize what my blog looks like (as a present to myself and my blog for reaching 100 followers). Maybe I will be self-hosted at 200… who knows…

          But we should look into finding a way where we can hide those pesky spoilers from our posts so that we can chat about them, but not ruin it for other people. I wish there was a way.

  5. jenspenden says:

    Ugh, I despise spoilers. I try not to even talk too in-depth about the books I review to avoid ruining the story/events/twist-turns for interested readers. Of course, I HAD to talk about what happened in Allegiant when I reviewed it, but I did give mega spoiler alerts in advance. I didn’t want to catch anyone off guard by saying what happened…Blah, sorry it was ruined for you 🙁

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      See if spoiler alerts and warnings are up and I “don’t see them” and accidentally spoil something for myself, I can’t really complain.
      I like when people are given the option to read the spoilers or not.
      Your post didn’t ruin it for me, so no worries there. It was a random blog I clicked on off of one of my friends’ blogs.

      • jenspenden says:

        Such a bummer! To be honest, I hardly read reviews if I want to read a book and haven’t yet. I just scroll down to the bottom with my eyes half closed until I see the reviewers basic summation (recommend/don’t recommend). Then after I read it, I’ll read the full review, lol!!

        I still think you can read Allegiant and enjoy the finale of the series. Plus, this book has so many opinions about it, you may as well hop on the bandwagon and give your two cents 🙂

        • amandasnoseinabook says:

          I’m thinking about it. I would like to re-read the first two books in the series first, and with crazyness going on in April with Camp NaNoWriMo and A-Z challenge, a nice relaxing re-read might be just what I need.

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