Nobody likes a spoiler. Who wants to know The Big Twist before it happens? Who wants to know how a book is going to end before finishing it? I mean, I guess some of you might read the last few pages of a book before reading it. But I think most of us can agree: I don’t want a book to be spoiled.
So why do people include spoilers in their book reviews? What’s the point?
Yes, I’ve been guilty of this. And yes, I try to warn people before because you know, common courtesy. But at the same time, why would we include spoilers in a book review? After all, people are usually reading reviews to figure out if they want to read the book.
But then I think about what reviews I choose to read. I choose to read the ones for the books I’m interested in reading, but I also read reviews for the books I have read. Why? I like knowing what people think. And honestly, when I come across a spoiler warning for a book I’ve already read, I don’t mind it so much.
But does that have a place in a review? Or should we create separate spoiler-heavy posts?
I’m not entirely sure. Yes, I don’t like spoilers in reviews of books I haven’t read, and most of the time, reviewers give you a fair warning. I’m also more likely to stop reading a review with a spoiler warning, just because I like reading a review in its entirety rather than just parts of it. But I also understand the difficulty in truly reviewing book without the occasional spoiler. After all, if the ending really pissed you off because it didn’t make sense, isn’t that something another potential reader might want to know?
But mostly, I’m curious about what others think of this. Do you include spoilers in your reviews? Does it annoy the hell out of you? Do you not mind it?
Let me know in the comments below!