Book Blogger Confessions is a new(ish) meme run by Tiger at All-Consuming Media and Karen at For What It’s Worth. Every first and third Monday they post a new question to open up discussion about common frustrations to book bloggers. Link up your post on either blog and hop around to listen to and learn from your fellow bloggers!
This week’s question is:
Spoilers in reviews: Do you read them, do you include them? How do you describe (or avoid describing) spoilery parts of a book?
I generally do not care about reading spoilers, but I am super sensitive to people who vigilantly avoid them. It’s because I don’t have much personal animosity toward spoilers that I’m always paranoid I’m going to accidentally let one slip.
Sometimes it’s difficult for me to perceive what is a true spoiler. If it’s something revealed by reading a cover jacket, I’m not sure that’s a spoiler, but some reviewers hide sequel summary descriptions for fear that someone may happen across a spoiler. I don’t go that far. Most regular readers of this blog know the books I’m discussing, or at least know if it’s a part of a big series that they want to avoid for fear of spoilers.
That said, I’m also not out to ruin anyone’s fun. If people want to be surprised, they should be surprised, regardless of my thoughts on the matter. That’s why I don’t post spoilers – simple common courtesy. It may mean cutting short a review or dancing around an issue, but I always know at least one or two other bloggers who have read the same book, so I’ll take to Twitter or email if I really need to discuss a spoilery issue.
What do you do about spoilers in your reviews?