Spoileeers! *Shakes fist*

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Okay, guys, let’s talk spoilers. But first, an announcement:

From this day forth, all my critiques will begin with a spoiler-free review.

That’s right. Somehow I’ll rein in my natural impulse to go straight for the juicy details, because (a) I know plenty of you prefer not to read spoilers, and (b) it’s occasionally beneficial for me to exercise self-restraint.

What My Reviews Will Look Like

Beginning with tomorrow’s My Lady Jane review, my reviews will be organized thusly:

[Cover Image]
Title
Author’s Name
Star Rating

[Introductory (spoiler-free) text]

Synopsis

[Synopsis text (possibly modified, if I feel it spoils parts of the book that it shouldn’t)]

Spoiler-Free Review

[Spoiler-free text]

Spoilery Critique

Spoiler Rating: (Tiny, Minor, Significant, or All the spoilers)

[Spoilery text, which will elaborate on the spoiler-free review above]

So you see, giant banners will be shouting whether or not you’re in a spoiler-free area. Hurrah!

How Spoiler-Free My Spoiler-Free Reviews Will Be

Confession time: I prefer to read spoiler-free reviews of books I haven’t read yet (and expect to really enjoy). And you know what’s guaranteed to get my goat? When a supposedly spoiler-free review gives away important plot or character development under the guise of “being vague.”

This is a totally made-up example based on several real “spoiler-free” reviews I recently read:

“And then there’s [character name], who was totally set up to be the villain in the first book—oh my god she’s amazing in book two. The depths of her self-sacrifice blew my mind. And did I mention how sexy she is? Because HOLY CRAP. I’m so totally Team [character name] now, I don’t even remember who that [name of love interest from book one] person was.”

HOW, I cry, IS THIS SPOILER-FREE.

Rest assured my spoiler-free reviews won’t even hint at important plot points/character revelations/whatever. 100% Grade A Spoiler-Free Reviews. *Thumbs up.* *Confetti rains.*

Tell Me Your Spoiler Preferences (And Maybe Horror Stories)!

So how about you guys?

  • Do you prefer to read spoiler-free reviews, or do you like to know exactly what you’re getting into before you pick up a book?
  • Do you get aggravated about those “spoiler-free” reviews whose hints give away major plot and character developments? Or do you appreciate vague spoilers, because they give you an idea of the awesomeness that awaits you without giving too much away?
  • What kind of reviews do you prefer to write, and does it differ from the type you actually write?
  • Have you ever been scarred by a spoiler you found in a “spoiler-free” review?

Share with me all your spoiler-related thoughts, I want them all, give them to me.

With love,

Liam

(Number of times I wrote some variation of “spoil” in this post: 30)


32 thoughts on “Spoileeers! *Shakes fist*

  1. I prefer reading spoiler free reviews, because it tends to annoy me whenever I start reading a review, and it’s stated nowhere that there are going to be spoilers, and then the book is ruined for me. However, I do appreciate when people mention like..vague spoilers, I’d say, and most of all trigger warnings, because this really makes me decide whether or not I could and would want to read the book. I have no idea if this makes sense, haha. I’m eager to read new reviews from you! 🙂

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  2. I read and write spoiler-free reviews, and I’m glad you’ll be doing so, too (although it can be very, very hard at times!). I think it’s great when bloggers warn readers that there’s a spoiler, or better yet, when they make it so the spoiler only appears when you highlight the text/click a button (like they do on Goodreads). Can’t wait to read new reviews from you in this new format!

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  3. Personally, I’m really good at avoiding spoilers-well except for this one time where I was majorly spoiled and found out the main protagonist dies (I won’t mention which series in case you haven’t read it). It wasn’t the blogger’s fault because it happened when I was reading the comments to review. Anyway, I was so mad at myself (and haven’t read comment section to other bloggers’ reviews after that)! -____-

    As for writing reviews, I always have an indication of how spoilery my review is going to be in bold, red text… But lately, I’ve just been cheating and including “read the bold text to avoid major spoilers” (still in bold and red) instead. I don’t know if that actually works for the people that visit my blog, but I hope it’s effective. At least I know it’s better than hiding it with white text, which was what I used to do until I realized that those that read my posts in WordPress reader weren’t able to access the white text (so the spoilers appeared in plain view). Anyway, I really wish WordPress made a hidden spoiler tag like Goodreads…

    (Number of times I wrote some variation of “spoil” in this post: 30)

    ^^LOL. I feel your pain.

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    1. Oh my god, that is literally the worst possible spoiler you could’ve accidentally read. That’s appalling. Did you finish reading the series anyway, and enjoy it despite knowing what was going to happen?

      I really like the way you use bold, so people who want just a general idea of your review can skim over it and pick out the key points. It’s definitely effective for me (and is especially helpful if I don’t have time to read the full review, but want the jist of it).

      Huh, I didn’t know that about WordPress Reader. That’s good to know. I haven’t done the white words thing because I imagine it’s harder to select when someone’s reading on their phone or tablet.

      But yeah, having a hidden spoiler tag would be ideal. Maybe we can add that to our list of petitions we need to make. =D

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  4. I really hope this wasn’t inspired by my review that you just read because if it is, I’m so sorry!! Haha
    I have two sections in my reviews precisely to try to keep spoilers hidden on the bottom and yet I still try to keep the second part as spoiler free as possible but sometimes my excitement gets the best of me and I slip up 😳

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    1. Definitely not your review! I was skimming reviews of people I don’t follow on Goodreads; they were 100% strangers, who’ll never know or care that I shook my fist at them. =D

      I love the way your reviews are organized, and hope I can reformat mine in as helpful and readable a way. It’s hard to resist that excitement though, isn’t it? Sometimes the gushing just needs to be gushed!

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      1. Okay good 🙂 I just wanted to make sure haha
        Thanks so much! I love that you like it because I worked really hard to create something both spoiler and spoiler free and I wish more people would read them :/
        Gushing is amazing! Especially when it’s a book you love haha

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  5. Usually (and I’m on mobile so I can’t underline and italicise that but consider it done), I gravitate towards spoiler-free reviews if it’s a book I really want to read and the first in the series/standalone. I don’t mind minor spoilers for later books, or romance spoilers because, at that point, I already have my own opinion of each character. Now, that being said, I have consciously gone looking for spoilers whenever someone hints at something that’ll happen 5 books later because I have little patience and virtually no impulse control (I spoiled HP that way when I first read it).
    As for spoilers in my own reviews, it depends on what kind of review I’ve set out to do: if I’ve loved or hated the book, I generally go into a detailed account as to why, if the book is a sequel I can’t exactly avoid spoiling the prequel, especially if there’s a major development (I’m think of ACoMaF which I wanted to review but would be impossible without it being one giant spoiler dump), otherwise I try to avoid spoiling as much as I can but I’m one of those people who think being vague is being non-spoilery (looks away guiltily)

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    1. Regarding the romance spoilers: do you not mind only if the romance is a less-significant subplot, or is it also okay to read romance spoilers when the romance is the (or one of the) main plotline(s)?

      Ha! Sometimes the need to know what happens is too great. Sometimes, if I’m afraid a character is going to die, my body will revolt and automatically flip to the end of the book to verify that doesn’t happen–and all the while I’m internally screaming don’t look no don’t spoil it stop skimming the final chapter oh god what am I doing.

      Hey now, you know I love your reviews–and being vague can indeed be non-spoilery! You do it exceedingly well. It’s just an art that not everyone has mastered so thoroughly.

      You’ll be shocked to hear that I’d love to read a giant spoiler-dump review of ACoMaF from you. Because one of my greatest pleasures in life is reading uninhibited, insightful, spoilerific reviews of books I’ve already read. Give them to me.

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      1. Well I don’t usually read books purely for the romance these days, hence my indifference towards those kinds of spoilers HOWEVER, if the romance is the reason behind the book, then I’d rather not be spoiled, obviously.
        You think flipping to the end is bad? When my curiosity gets the better of me I usually end up on the character’s wiki and just go through the whole thing (you can imagine my surprise when I see status: deceased sometimes).
        You have got to stop complimenting me like this, I have people asking me why I’m randomly smiling. I debated on whether or not to review ACOMAF because I’d have to spoil the crap out of ACOTAR at least, if not the ACOMAF itself since there’s very little I could say without doing so. Spoilerific reviews are my favourite thing in the world, even if I do understand why other people wouldn’t like them. But yes, give them to me too!

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      2. Ahaha, those character wiki pages are DANGEROUS. I’m scandalized and impressed by your bravery in seeking them out.

        The struggle to review ACOMAF is real. Have you come to a decision since you wrote this comment?

        I wrote my ACOMAF review last week, and it was an amazing struggle. The spoiler-free section is huge, and I’m still debating whether or not I REALLY needed to discuss the points I brought up in the (surprisingly short) spoiler-full section. This might be one of the most difficult reviews I’ve written so far.

        If you do end up reviewing it (fingers are crossed), hopefully you have an easy time of it. =)

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  6. Nice new format!!
    When I started writing reviews, I discussed the story a lot. I would delve into the plot and examine the characters to give a full account of my journey with the book. But I soon realized it would not work. I went for a non-spoiler review where I discuss my feelings towards the book without a lot of details, and if someone has read it and want to discuss, comments are perfect! I put the main ideas in bold and I keep it under 1000 words because I know I skim when reviews are too long.

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    1. Thank you! =D

      Oh, I’m super curious now: what exactly made you realize that your original format wouldn’t work? Did you realize that you were writing the type of review that you wouldn’t personally want to read (because it was too long and in-depth)?

      That’s a great point, that the comments section is great for discussing the details of the book, while the post itself can remain a spoiler-free impression of it.

      Man, I don’t know how you keep to under 1000 words. My goal is to stay under 2000, usually. I’d be surprised to hear if anyone actually reads the entirety of my reviews. (Don’t mind me, just gonna crawl away in shame.) =)

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      1. I think I realized the reviews should look like what I would enjoy reading most and writing an entire discussion about a book felt a bit like a chore. Also, I’m no expert so I thought going too deep within the review would neither be good for me nor the book. I decided I loved nice reviews filled with raw emotions and simple words that helped me make choices from all the books available to us.
        Haha, I do read entirely every review I click on, this includes yours! 😀

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      2. Makes sense! I’m glad you figured out exactly what you enjoy writing, and the type of review that helps you most. And awww, that makes me feel awesome–though you 100% have my permission to skim mine, because I know they get hella long. Dies of typing.

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  7. I have a bit of a weird relationship with spoilers. With some things I don’t really mind them, but with others I do (omg what am I saying, I’m just being wordy). Like if I was going to love a character, I want to know if they’re going to die in case I get attached and get sad… but I also don’t want to know. I dunno. IT’S COMPLICATED.

    I sometimes do share some spoilers but I always warn before hand and hide the text in white font – I’m not sure that this is the “best” way forward, so to speak, but sometimes there are elements of the book that I really, really want to discuss that could be spoilery. That being said, though, I’ve also found people’s definitions of spoiler to be really different from person to person so it’s hard to generalise, and I just end up doing what works for me. 😂

    I don’t really get mad when I accidentally read a spoiler posted by someone else. I suppose I like to go in thinking that everyone has good intentions, i.e. that they don’t intend to ruin the book for anyone else and that it was just a mistake? I tend to be very chill/laidback on the internet in general, though.

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    1. Ah, the all-consuming anxiety that a character’s going to be dead by the end of the book, I know it well. Do you ever flip to the end of a book just to find out, or can you resist?

      The bookish community would be worse off, I think, if there weren’t spoiler-filled book discussions. If every post was some variation of “The book was great/okay/awful, and I loved/liked/hated it!” we’d be missing out on a lot.

      That’s a great point, about everyone’s definition being different!

      Excellent job being chill; it’s very admirable. More people should try to attain your chillness. =)

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      1. I sometimes flip, haha. Sometimes I regret it, sometimes I don’t… so I really don’t have any “strict” rules, I suppose.

        Yeah, I agree! A lot of the gold is in the discussion of why and why not.

        Haha, maybe – but I always maintain that if everyone is as chill as me that the world would be so much more to change. Another word for it is “apathetic”, perhaps, and that’s not such a good thing. 😂

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  8. Ah. Spoilers. My favorite thing to rant about (says the person who literally has a voice recording of herself ranting about spoilers in her car to no one in particular). But I’m also flaky af when it comes to when I do and don’t want to read spoilers in a book review. I prefer “spoiler-free” when it comes to the books I legitimately want to read. Those are the reviews I only check out to determine whether or not the book is worth my time/has overarching themes that’ll make me want to throw said book across the room. Conversely, I’m good with spoilery reviews for books I have no intention on reading (cough Give me all your spoilery bits about that SJ Maas nonsense, though cough)

    To undermine all of that, though… if a blogger is going to give me a snark-filled, rage fest of a review about a book, I’m going to read it– spoilers and all. Because I live for the dramz, and I’m really just a girl filled with snark who wants to connect with people who are the same.

    Personally, I prefer to write “spoiler-free” reviews, but sometimes I just can’t help it. I also want to shout and scream about the spoilery bits which is mostly why I try to white-out the spoilers. Make it more of a “highlight at your own risk” so that the blame is removed from me.

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    1. That recording has to be AMAZING. Was there a particular spoiler or set of spoilers about a particular book that set you off? MUST KNOW.

      Sounds like we’re spoilery twins!

      Ahaha, “the dramz,” I love it. Also, I want to fill my world with your snark, please snark for me.

      The white-text stuff really is helpful. I appreciate blogs that bold the important bits–but I’ll admit that my eyeballs are rebellious sneaks and will seek out spoilery details when I’m skimming from one bolded bit to the next. So: good job handling your spoilers, well done, I approve. 😀

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      1. That recording is shameful at best. It also serves as further indication that I am the most petty person to ever walk the face of this world. Eventually it shall manifest itself in the form of a ranty blog post about how people need to keep their mouth closed about spoilers, but I haven’t the patience to transcribe my rantings yet.

        Also, it was a spoiler about The Raven King by Maggie S. I’d half-heartedly gotten myself all the way into The Raven Boys (??) series earlier this year and breezed through them to get to the last book and some life-ruiner spoiled it for me in person TWO WEEKS AFTER IT RELEASED!!! Like… I’m a slow reader, sure; but who goes around spoiling people two weeks after a book releases? A book, mind you, that had sold out so a lot of people didn’t even have access to it for a bit. (Wow. I can’t believe the anger I have over this is still so great. Whoops.)

        YES! Such dramz. All snark. I’m like 90% snark and maybe 5% fluff with 5% left over for “other.” I love the bolded important bits. Though, if the spoilers are in the non-bolded bits, I’ve already seen them because I’m so nosy/bored that I will read everything most days.

        I will take my stamp of approval with style and grace ❤

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      2. Granted, I haven’t read your (eagerly awaited!) rant yet, but I’d say you’re not petty in the slightest. Especially if it was a Raven King spoiler. Raven King spoilers are forbidden.

        (My Tumblr is trained to hide all Raven Cycle posts from me, because I haven’t finished the series yet, and I WILL destroy anyone who spoils things for me.) (Ha ha, just kidding, I wouldn’t destroy anyone.) (Eye twitch.)

        Your percentages are perfect. =D

        Can’t wait for your rant! ❤

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      3. THEY ARE SO FORBIDDEN. Also, I haven’t even read the last book yet thanks to that spoiler. I don’t know if I’m waiting for my brain to forget all about it (which will NEVER happen) or what… Maybe 20 years from now I’ll be all caught up with the rest of them.

        OMG. Tumblr. The Evil One. I’m not sure how I’ve managed to avoid as many spoilers as I have with that beast. I think it helped that I, at one point, had two of them– one for general nonsense and one for book nonsense that I never used and probably held the spoilers to the universe. (It’s okay. If you DID decided to destroy someone, I would tell absolutely no one.)

        AW YEAH! If no one else appreciates my snark, I know you will! ❤

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      4. Hmm. Do you think rereading the preceding books would help you establish (or reestablish) a strong enough emotional connection with the protagonist that, by the time you get to their death, you’ll be as horrified as you would’ve been if you hadn’t known it was going to happen?

        Tumblr is definitely the Evil One. Congratulations on your skillful and mysterious avoidance of spoilers there! I admire and envy your abilities.

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  9. For whatever reason, I never had minded spoilers. Sometimes I even like to know beforehand what I am getting into. I’ve had to train myself that others do care, and that I need to be sensitive to that…

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  10. “And you know what’s guaranteed to get my goat?”

    Please advise the name of aforementioned goat, Liam.

    I’m actually the biggest hypocrite in that I gravitate towards reading [mainly] negative reviews for entertainment and not really any reviews prior to reading a book (I tend to hear enough about them in the social space anyways?).

    I was literally spoiled yesterday for a book that hasn’t been released for 3 months yet. It was a death…and it cannot be unseen. I lament. We lament.

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    1. Sir Snuffles, of course.

      Hey, you’re not a hypocrite at all. That’s my natural inclination, too; I make a conscious effort to read positive reviews, mainly as an excuse to chat with fellow bloggers more. The negative reviews are the most fun. =D

      Oh, man, spoiled for a book that isn’t even published yet? That’s the WORST. I am so sorry. Lamentations all around.

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