Let’s talk spoilers. Just recently, I wrote a review that was barely a review because I could think of almost nothing to say that wasn’t going to spoil the book. And I had been spoiled for that very book – I just didn’t want to do it. (After thinking about it for longer, there are things I could have said. But I’m still okay with my non-review in this case – I just flailed a little and told people to read it.)
But here’s the thing, the review for this book didn’t really say anything actually spoilery. It merely mentioned that something happened that changed everything – something I’ve done in tons of reviews. For whatever reason, in this case, I just immediately knew what was going to happen and I was then waiting for it through the whole book. I still loved the book, but I just couldn’t bring myself to say anything about it and spoil it for anyone else.
Just yesterday, I read another review for this same book that basically told what happened without any spoiler tags at all!! I mean, I guess they were slightly vague about it, but they gave away WAY too much information. (I mentioned in the comments that they should warn people about the spoilers. Hopefully the blogger wasn’t upset about that, but I couldn’t help but point it out.)
So, my question is, what do you consider a spoiler? In some ways, I feel like it’s impossible to write reviews that don’t give anything away. Is the mere mention of the fact that there’s a twist a spoiler? Is saying that you loved that thing that happened during the ending giving away too much? Heck, even mentioning that there is a spoiler could be one, right?
I’m one of those people who often figures out twists, and I’ve been spoiled by little details in reviews occasionally, but I’ve never really felt upset about it. This was the first time I’ve felt like I missed out because I was pretty darn sure of what was going to happen. I don’t know that I’ll change much about my reviews and I certainly don’t expect anyone else to. Honestly, most of the time I think that knowing something exciting happens just heightens my anticipation for a book, so I don’t think the mere mention of twists is bad. Still, it’s a slippery slope.
Oh, I WILL say that if you are going to completely give away something in a book that surprised you, you should mark it as a spoiler! Please!
How do you feel about spoilers in reviews? And what do you consider a spoiler? I want to know!