Monday, April 2, 2012
Book Blogger Confessions #7
Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers "confess" and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions. Just keep it respectful - no bashing authors or other bloggers!
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Question: Spoilers in reviews: Do you read them, do you include them? How to you describe (or avoid describing) spoilery parts of a book?
As a reader I love spoilers. I'm that annoying person who reads the last page first.
I usually only do this with series. I get so anxious that my beloved characters will die or chose the wrong person that I have to know in advance so I can calm the heck down and read without freaking out.
I don't read details - just a quick peek for a name to know he/she is alive. Stuff like that. It doesn't ruin the book for me at all. The journey and details are still there for me to discover. I do avoid reviews that describe the whole book in great detail. I’m not looking for that. I usually just ask friends instead.
Now as a reviewer, I don't reveal spoilers. Sometimes that can't be avoided with long running series because you may be discussing plot points to a reader who hasn't read the earlier books but I always add a warning something like this: "No spoilers for this book but there may be spoilers for the other books in the series."
To avoid spoilers in my reviews I try to allude to the facts without spelling them out. Maybe impart a feeling rather than giving away actual story lines. I don't find it all that difficult.
The only time I have problems avoiding spoilers in reviews is if those BIG moments are the thing I disliked or loved about the book. Especially the dislikes. I want to explain why the book didn't work for me without spilling everything and ruin the book for others who might still enjoy it.
My review for The Sea is Rising Red was the toughest review I've ever written. The things I both disliked and liked all involved major spoilers. I'm still not happy with it but I had to make the call and decide to go with a review that wasn't as clearly written/informative as I would have liked or spoil the book for readers and I chose the former.
What about you? Do you like spoilers? Do you mind them in reviews as long as there is a clear warning?
Question for April 16th –: Review/Guest post requests: Do you have a review request policy? Has it changed over time? How do you handle requests that don’t meet your criteria? In the past, what types of "pitches" have caught your attention? Are there any (non-specific) examples of requests that are off-putting to you as a blogger?