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:
[Introductory (spoiler-free) text]
[Synopsis text (possibly modified, if I feel it spoils parts of the book that it shouldn’t)]
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.
(Number of times I wrote some variation of “spoil” in this post: 30)