I’ve read a lot of blog comments and blog survey results posts where people have said that they don’t read reviews of books they haven’t read because they’re afraid of being spoiled. Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes a spoiler, but I haven’t seen any reviews that contained what I would consider to be unmarked spoilers myself, so I’m wondering why this fear exists in such strong numbers. Granted, I’m still fairly new in the book blogging community, with my one year blogiversary coming in just a few weeks. Maybe there was a big spoiler scandal before I came along.
I’m thinking of changing things up and writing spoilers into most or all of my future reviews. Sometimes it’s so hard to write a spoiler-free review! Am I right? I think being able to talk about all parts of the book make it easier for me to write reviews and would promote more and better discussion in the comments. Sometimes when I read a review, there are things I would like to talk about in the comments, but I hold back because the reviewer didn’t spoil and I don’t want to either.
Obviously, I would post a spoiler warning at the top of each review for people who stumble over the blog but don’t know my policy. I truly don’t want to spoil anyone who doesn’t want to be spoiled. Believe me, I’ve been there! But since so many people don’t read reviews of books they haven’t read yet, I don’t see why it matters that I work so hard to write around spoilers.
I’m not yet sure if I’m going to do this, and even if I do, I probably won’t do it for ARCs. I’m not sure how the publishers and authors would feel about that, even with spoiler warnings.
Do you read reviews for books you haven’t read (but do plan to read) yet? If you do, do you fear spoilers? If you only read reviews for books you’ve read, would you like to see reviews with spoilers that allow for more discussion of the book?