Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Let's Talk About Book Spoilers
Book spoilers are a hot topic for book bloggers- with all the blogs out there and Goodreads it can be easy to get spoiled for our favorite books. Katherine at I Wish I Lived in a Library had a great post about this very topic, and it got me thinking. I often write book reviews where I want to talk about the book in depth- and that includes spoilers, because how else can you really get into it? But I don't because most readers don't want the book spoiled. So... what to do?
I also think spoilery reviews are helpful to me if down the road I come back to jog my memory of the book. If I'm just writing in general terms that's not going to help me remember. And let's face it, as book bloggers we read a TON of books- we can't remember it all. Add to that the fact that many bloggers say they don't read reviews anyway until after they're read the book, and I've wondered if I should just review away and add a spoiler tag.
I've also thought about doing two reviews- one spoilery and one not. I did that once with my review of A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin. It's just too cumbersome though to do that. Then I thought maybe a discussion post about a book, with a spoiler tag- that way people can discuss the book spoilers and the discussion post would be for that.
What do you think? I guess I'm curious to know if people would read a spoilery review or discussion post or if they would just skip it. Let me know what you think!