Sunday, July 20, 2014

Discussion #1: Reviews with or without Spoilers?

I'm sure a lot of book bloggers have discussed this topic numerous times already but I really wanted to share my thoughts on it so here it is!

I'm really conflicted on whether my reviews should include spoilers or not. The whole reason I started writing book reviews was because I wanted to jot down my thoughts after I've finished a book. I want to remember the good, the bad, the anger, the butterflies and etc. Most of the time that's impossible to do without including spoilers about the storyline and the characters. I know people who read book reviews definitely wouldn't appreciate the spoilers if they haven't read the book yet. I really don't want people to turn away from reading my reviews because of this :( So do I include the spoilers or not?

Then there's the whole debate (within myself) on what counts as spoilers? I feel like I might be ruining a book if I say so and so were cute together. Even though it wasn't a secret in the book, it's something you won't know unless you're reading the book. How much can I say without people thinking they're getting spoiled?

I've just got a bunch of questions regarding spoilers swirling around in my head. I'm curious to see what other bloggers and readers think. Is there a certain genre of book that's easier for you to write reviews for without spoilers? Is there a genre that you feel like you have to include spoilers for in your reviews? I find contemporary books are the easiest to write spoiler-free reviews. I don't know why but maybe because it has little to no world-building?

I've been colouring the spoilers I have in my reviews so people don't see it unless they highlight it. Is this a good method? Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts! I would love to know what you think! 

How do you feel about book reviews with spoilers?


  1. I try not to include spoilers in my reviews but it can be hard not to when you are reviewing book three in a trilogy to not give something away that happened in book two or one. It doesn't bother me if others do though as long as I am aware of it before I read their review if I haven't read the book or series yet.

  2. I usually don't include spoilers but when I do because it's something that really bothered me I always warn my readers. I sometimes worry about talking about the relationships too. I gauge that on how widely known the info is and also how much the summary reveals. It's a really sticky topic and it's hard to navigate for sure. I think with a warning folks are ok with spoilers. The warning is much appreciated though. good luck and welcome to the book blogger community!

    1. Thank you for your thoughts! And thank you for the welcome. I can't wait to get more involved :)


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