Hello and welcome to my first discussion post of 2016!
I’ve really wanted to start discussion posts this year and I hope I can continue to come up with topics to discuss throughout the year.
Whenever I write a reviews I make sure no spoilers seep through. But it’s not always that easy. Ever since I started this book blog I’ve been reading more book reviews, sometimes more than one review for the same book. I’ve noticed that people have different ideas as to what a spoiler is. Of course there are people who knowing put spoilers in their reviews but that’s another post for a later time; right now let’s focus on one question:
In the world of fangirls and boys the word Spoiler isn’t forgein by any means; when seen, it’s more like a siren or a warning. So it’s safe to say that we all know what Spoiler generally means, but let’s take a minute and dissect it:
So that’s a spoiler and by that definition can you think of anything in reviews you’ve read that ended up reducing the suspense of a book when you finally read it?
Let’s further explore this with examples:
“I was so sad even though this book had no deaths.”
Spoiler or no spoiler? Well for me that depends on the type of book. Is it the type of book in which it’s quite possible someone could die? If so, then that’s a spoiler. That sentence just reduced the suspense because we know that the character in question ends up not dying! See what I mean?
Now if it’s not that type of book and the characters’ mortality isn’t in question, it’s not a spoiler.
“This book has an unreliable narrator.”
Spoiler or no spoiler? Well, for this one I’m kinda on the fence about because in some books it’s clear from the beginning that the narrator is unreliable, but in others, that factor isn’t revealed until the end of the book.
[It’s the second book in a series] “I’m so glad so-and-so didn’t die in the first book! I got to know more about her in this book.”
Spoiler or no spoiler? Now this I don’t consider a spoiler because this is a review of the second book and thus targeted to those who read the first book in the series, who would know that the character in question makes it to the second book.
In the end I think it just comes down to the type of book.